Christopher Prout, Baron Kingsland
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Christopher Prout, Baron Kingsland

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Born Jan 1, 1942
Died Jul 12, 2009

Christopher James Prout, Baron Kingsland TD QC PC was a British barrister and politician in the Conservative Party. He is perhaps most well known for serving as the leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and his role in initiating their association with the European People's Party. He later became a noted expert on constitutional issues.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher Prout, Baron Kingsland.

CHILDHOOD

1942 Birth Born in 1942.

TWENTIES

1966 24 Years Old In 1966 he joined the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development in Washington D.C. for three years before taking up a research fellowship at Sussex University and then becoming a lecturer in Law.

THIRTIES

1972 30 Years Old He was called to the Bar in 1972 and became a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 1996. … Read More
1979 37 Years Old Prout was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for the Shropshire and Stafford constituency for the 1979 elections to the European Parliament, and won the seat with a 45,000 majority. … Read More

FORTIES

He retired from the Territorial Army in 1987 and was rewarded with the Territorial Decoration.
1989 47 Years Old Though he criticised the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors - describing his blueprint for the future European Union as trying to "graft superfluous social engineering" to the single market - Prout proved to be somewhat pro-European and was visibly uncomfortable with Margaret Thatcher's euroscepticism during the 1989 European Parliament election. … Read More
1990 48 Years Old Despite this, by November 1990 when Thatcher's position was under serious threat, Prout informed the 1922 Committee that 20 of his group wanted her to leave, whilst just five wanted her to remain as Conservative leader. … Read More

FIFTIES

1992 50 Years Old Major's election prompted a thaw in Britain's relations with Europe. Prout supported Major's negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty while the Prime Minister supported Prout's efforts to gain entry into the EPP group. Finally, in April 1992, the EPP voted to accept the Conservatives as "allied members" of their grouping, though not the corresponding European political party, with Prout becoming a vice-chairman of the EPP group. … Read More
1994 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He survived to the 1994 European Parliament election but lost the supposedly safe seat Herefordshire and Shropshire by nearly 2,000 votes.
2000 58 Years Old He also received several court appointments: became an assistant recorder for the Wales and Chester circuit, a recorder in 2000 and deputy High Court judge in 2005. In 1997, the new Conservative Party leader William Hague appointed Prout as the Shadow Lord Chancellor to Lord Irvine of Lairg, one of Tony Blair's closest intimates. Prout generally acquitted himself well against Irvine, warning of the risks from adopting the Human Rights Act 1998 and calling for Irvine's resignation in 2001 after it emerged Irvine had invited solicitors and barristers to a Labour Party fundraiser. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Prout was a key opponent to government legislation to make it easier to extradite Britons to the United States, though he ultimately gave up after the government introduced it for a third time. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2003 61 Years Old Prout was also involved in debates surrounding constitutional reform, particularly around the office he was shadowing, the Lord Chancellor. After Irvine's retirement in 2003 the Lord Chancellor's traditional duties were split three ways as part of the concept of separation of powers. … Read More
2004 62 Years Old …  From 2004 until his death he was chairman of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority. … Read More
2008 66 Years Old In 2008, Prout was moved to the more limited role of Shadow Legal Affairs Minister though, as of 2009, he still led for the Opposition on some debates despite suffering from illness.
2009 67 Years Old 1 More Event
He was Master of the Garden at the Middle Temple and was also the 2009 President of the Shropshire Horticultural Society.
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