Peter Rees, Baron Rees

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Rees
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Leon Brittan
Succeeded by John MacGregor
Member of Parliament
for Dover
In office
19 June 1970 – 11 June 1987
Preceded by David Ennals
Succeeded by David Shaw
Personal details
Born (1926-12-09)9 December 1926
Died 30 November 2008(2008-11-30) (aged 81)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anthea Wendell
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Inner Temple

Peter Wynford Innes Rees, Baron Rees PC, QC (9 December 1926 – 30 November 2008) was a British politician. He was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Dover and Deal from 1974 to 1983 and MP for Dover from 1970 to 1974 and 1983 to 1987. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1983 until 1985.

Rees was educated at Stowe and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took a degree in history. After National Service with the Scots Guards from 1945 to 1948, he was called to the bar in 1953 at the Inner Temple, and became a QC in 1969.

Political career

At the 1964 general election Rees stood as the Conservative candidate in the safe Labour seat of Abertillery, where he won only 14% of the votes, against the 86% won by the only other candidate, Labour's Reverend Llewellyn Williams.[1] When Williams died in 1965, Rees was the Conservative candidate in the consequent by-election, losing by a similarly large margin.[2]

At the 1966 election, he stood in the more promising Labour-held seat of Liverpool West Derby, but lost again.

He finally entered Parliament at the 1970 general election, when he won in Dover, with a majority of 1,649 over sitting Labour MP David Ennals.


In Edward Heath's government, he served from 1972 to 1973 as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Solicitor General, Michael Havers.

In 1979, when the Conservative Party entered government under Margaret Thatcher, he became Minister of State at the Treasury, working to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Geoffrey Howe, before becoming Minister for Trade in 1981. After the 1983 UK general election he was appointed to the cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, working to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson. He was made Privy Counsellor the same year.

Unlike most other Chief Secretaries to the Treasury, Peter Rees never went further within the Cabinet, leaving the post in the September 1985 cabinet reshuffle. He retired from Parliament at the 1987 general election, aged 61, and on 16 November 1987 was created a life peer as Baron Rees, of Goytre in the County of Gwent[1] and sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Ennals
Member of Parliament for Dover
Succeeded by
David Shaw
Political offices
Preceded by
Leon Brittan
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
John MacGregor