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Sir Christopher Prout MEP - EDG Chairman (1987-1992), Chairman, EPP Group British Section (1992-1993), and Leader of the Conservative Delegation (1987-1994), 1987-1994


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  • Creation: 1987-1994

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

CCO 508/1/7-12, CCO 508/1/59.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Christopher Prout succeeded Sir Henry Plumb as leader of the Conservative Delegation and Chairman of the European Democratic Group in 1987. After the elections of 1989 highlighted the relative weakness of the Conservative position, Prout oversaw the winding-up of the European Democratic Group, with its member parties joining the European People's Party (EPP) Group as allied members in 1992. Prout was elected as a Vice-President of the EPP Group, and subsequently divided his leadership role in order to abide by the new group's rules: Prout remained the overall leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, while Bill Newton-Dunn became Chairman of the British Section of the EPP Group.

Prout lost his seat at the 1994 European Elections following boundary changes. He was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Kingsland, and served as Shadow Lord Chancellor from 1997-2008.

Related Materials

Additional copies of Sir Christopher Prout's correspondence can be found in the papers of European Democratic Group Secretary-General Harald Rømer [shelfmarks CCO 508/15/18-36].

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom