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.
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.
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.