Right Place – Right Time! Number 10 Downing Street

You know the old saying- “Right Place at the Right Time” well this was the case for me back in 1998.  I was attending the House of Commons when Peter Snape MP for West Bromwich East said “come on we have to take Peter Temple Morris over to meet the Prime Minister.” Peter Temple Morris was a Conservative MP and had crossed the House, coming over from the Tory’s to Labour. I was asked to accompany them, with Denis Turner, and that was the first time I had been to Downing Street.

Former Conservative MP Peter Temple-Morris, who defected to Labour after the 1997 election, has died aged 80.

After crossing the floor and being given a peerage, Baron Temple-Morris sat as a Labour peer in the House of Lords for 17 years.

The son of a Tory MP, he previously represented the Herefordshire town of Leominster between 1974 and 2001.


Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more