Former Wellingborough and Rushden MP Sir Peter Fry dies

Sir Peter Fry at home in 1997

Sir Peter Fry at home in 1997

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A man who was Wellingborough and Rushden MP for almost 30 years has died.

Sir Peter Fry, who was 83, first won the seat for the Conservative Party in a by-election in 1969, and retained his seat at every general election since until 1997 when he lost by less than 200 votes.

Peter Fry winning the 1969 Wellingborough and Rushden by-election

Peter Fry winning the 1969 Wellingborough and Rushden by-election

During his time in Parliament he served as chairman of the Commons’ all-party Footwear and Leather Group, and as a member of the Transport Select Committee for 12 years from 1980.

At various times he chaired the all-party Roads Study Group, Road Passenger Group, Aviation Group and Transport Forum.

Sir Peter, who received a knighthood in 1994, remained active in public life afterwards, chairing the parish council in Cranford where he lived, and helping set up the Stop the Over-development of Northamptonshire pressure group in 2003.

He spoke out often over what he saw as uncontrolled expansion in Northamptonshire, believing that the public were not properly consulted and that services such as hospitals were not being upgraded accordingly.

Sir Peter Fry with his second wife Helen in 1982

Sir Peter Fry with his second wife Helen in 1982

He also became the chairman of the Bingo Association and chairman of the Federation of European Bingo Associations, and a trustee of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust.
Sir Peter is survived by Lady Fry, and a son and daughter from his first marriage.

Richard Jones, Sir Peter Fry and Philip Hollobone in 2003

Richard Jones, Sir Peter Fry and Philip Hollobone in 2003

Sir Peter Fry talking at a public exhibition and Q&A about the Kettering East Development in September 2009

Sir Peter Fry talking at a public exhibition and Q&A about the Kettering East Development in September 2009