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Rt. Hon John Selwyn CUMMER

Minister of Agriculture , Fisheries and Food

Rt. Hon John Selwyn CUMMER, British Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. PC, 1985.


CUMMER, Rt. Hon John Selwyn was born on November 26, 1939. Parents: Canon Selwyn Gummer.


King’s School, Rochester. Selwyn College, Cambridge, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History, 1961, Master of Arts, 1971. Spoken languages: English, French.


Chairman, Cambridge University Conservative Association, 1961. President, Cambridge Union, 1962. Member, Inner London Education Authority, 1967-1970.

Member of Parliament for Lewisham West, 1970-1974, for Eye, 1979-1983, and for Suffolk Coastal, since 1983. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1971-1972. Vice-Chairman, Conservative Party, 1972-1974.

Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Social Services, 1979-1981. Assistant Government Whip, 1981. Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 1981-1983.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Employment, 1983. Minister of State, Department of Employment, 1983-1984. Chairman Conservative Party, 1983-1985.

Paymaster General, 1984-1985. Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1985-1988. Minister for Local Government, 1988-1989.

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, since 1989. Publisher and journalist. Member. General Synod of the Church of England for St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, since 1978.

Former Chairman, Siemssen Hunter Ltd.


  • When the Coloured People Come. The Permissive Society. The Christian Calendar.

    Faith in Politics (co-author), 1987.


Church of England.


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, architecture. Agriculture, education, European affairs.


Spouse Penelope Jane Gummer (née Gardner), 1977. Children: two son, two d.