Roger Norman Freeman, Baron Freeman
(born 27 May 1942), is a British politician
. A member of the Conservative Party
, he served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
in the Cabinet
of Prime Minister John Major
from 1995 until 97. He was a Member of Parliament
(MP) representing the constituency of Kettering
from 1983 until 97, and was made a life peer
Freeman was born in the Wirral
, and educated at Whitgift School
, and Balliol College, Oxford
. Before entering Parliament, he was a Chartered Accountant
working for an investment bank.
After an unsuccessful attempt to be elected as MP for Don Valley
in 1979, Freeman was elected as MP for Kettering in 1983. Before joining the Cabinet, he served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (1986–88), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (1988–90), and Minister for Public Transport (1990–1995) ranking as Minister of State. In that post he was responsible for steering through the House of Commons the Railways Bill, providing for the privatisation of British Rail
and enacted as the Railways Act 1993.
In 1995, he was brought into the Cabinet by John Major as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In this role, he made a ministerial visit to Lancaster Royal Grammar School
He did his best to make the dying days of the Major government more colourful by appearing on Channel 4's 'bottom up' television programme The People's......