Patrick Cormack, Baron Cormack

Patrick Cormack, Baron Cormack

Born May 18, 1939


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1939 Birth Born on May 18, 1939.


1961 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Cormack was born in Grimsby just before the outbreak of World War II. He was educated locally at the St James's Choir School and the Havelock School, before attending the University of Hull where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961.
1964 25 Years Old Cormack contested the safe Labour parliamentary seat of Bolsover at the 1964 general election, where he lost to the sitting MP Harold Neal, who won with a majority of 23,103 votes.
1966 27 Years Old At the 1966 general election, Cormack contested his hometown seat of Grimsby, but again was defeated, this time by the Secretary of State for Education and Science, Anthony Crosland, who had a majority of 8,126.


At the 1970 general election, Cormack stood for the seat of Cannock, and this time was elected, narrowly defeating the incumbent Labour MP Jennie Lee (the wife of the founder of the National Health Service, Aneurin Bevan). … Read More
1974 35 Years Old He moved constituencies at the February 1974 general election, leaving marginal seat of Cannock and instead contesting the newly drawn seat of South West Staffordshire, which he won comfortably with a majority of 9,758.


1979 40 Years Old Cormack was a member of the Education Select Committee for the duration of the 1979 Parliament.
1981 42 Years Old On 7 October 1981, with national unemployment approaching 3,000,000 (compared to 1,500,000 two years previously), Cormack urged prime minister Margaret Thatcher to change her economic policies, namely monetarism to tackle inflation, if Britain was to avoid economic disaster.
1983 44 Years Old In 1983, his constituency changed to its present incarnation, Staffordshire South, and after the 1983 general election, he became a member of the Chairman's Panel.


1995 56 Years Old Cormack was knighted in 1995 for his service to parliament, and in 1997, after 27 years as an MP on the backbenches, he was finally promoted by the then Leader of the Opposition, William Hague, to become the opposition's Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.


2000 61 Years Old He resigned from this position in 2000 in order to run for the position of Speaker of the House of Commons (following the retirement of Betty Boothroyd). … Read More
2005 66 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2005-10 parliament, Cormack was the chairman of the Northern Ireland Select Committee. … Read More
2007 68 Years Old In February 2007, it was announced that Cormack had failed to win the readoption of his constituency party for the next general election. … Read More
2009 70 Years Old Subsequently, on 1 December 2009, Cormack announced his intention to stand down at the 2010 general election.
2010 71 Years Old Cormack was created a life peer on 18 December 2010, as Baron Cormack. … Read More
2011 72 Years Old …  He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in 2011. … Read More