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Francis Pym

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Francis Leslie Pym, Baron Pym, PC, (born February 13, 1922) is a UK politician and former member of the Cabinet.

Educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he served in the army during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross and Bar. Pym entered Parliament in 1961 as Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire, holding the seat until 1983, and was MP for Cambridgeshire South East 1983-1987. He served under Edward Heath as Government Chief Whip (1970–1973) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1973–1974), and Margaret Thatcher as Defence Secretary (1979–1981), Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council (1981–1982) then Foreign Secretary (1982–1983). He was regarded as a leading member of the Wets during the Thatcher administration. During the 1983 general election campaign he publicly stated that he didn't think a landslide majority would produce a good government; this was publicly repudiated by his party leader, Margaret Thatcher. After winning a landslide she sacked him. He stood down at the 1987 election and was given a life peerage as Lord Pym.

He is a descendent of the 17th century Parliamentarian John Pym.


Preceded by:
William Whitelaw
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
1973–1974
Succeeded by:
Merlyn Rees
Preceded by:
Frederick Mulley
Secretary of State for Defence
1979–1981
Succeeded by:
John Nott
Preceded by:
Angus Maude
Paymaster-General
1981
Succeeded by:
Cecil Parkinson

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Preceded by:
The Lord Carrington
Foreign Secretary
1982–1983
Succeeded by:
Sir Geoffrey Howe

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