Donald Kaberry, Baron Kaberry of Adel

Donald Kaberry, Baron Kaberry of Adel, MC, TD (18 August 1907 – 13 March 1991), known as Sir Donald Kaberry, 1st Baronet, from 1960 to 1983, was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Kaberry was educated at Leeds Grammar School and became a solicitor (a partner in Ford and Warren, Leeds) and company director. He served as a councillor on Leeds City Council 1930–50, except for a period during World War II when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery and commanded a battery at Dunkirk, receiving a Mention in Despatches. The citation at National Archives indicates that the decoration was a Military Cross for "... a courageous example of calm leadership to all ranks." After the war he was, as lieutenant-colonel, president of the military governing board at Hamburg.

Kaberry was Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds North West from 1950 to 1983, preceding Dr. Keith Hampson.[1] He was a member of the Speaker's panel of chairmen in the House of Commons and an assistant government whip from 1952 to 1955 and parliamentary secretary at the Board of Trade 1955. He served as Conservative Party Vice-Chairman Organisation, 1955–61, and chairman of the Association of Conservative Clubs in 1961. During his time as vice-chairman, he was in position to receive a note from future British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following the birth of her twin children informing him that Thatcher was interested in a "return to active politics."[2]

He was created a baronet, of Adel cum Eccup in the City of Leeds, in 1960,[3] and on his retirement from the House of Commons in 1983 he was made a life peer as Baron Kaberry of Adel, of Adel in the City of Leeds.[4]

Lord Kaberry of Adel was injured in the IRA bombing of London's Carlton Club in June 1990 and died in March 1991, aged 83.[5] The life barony became extinct on his death while he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Christopher.

He appears as a character in The Long Walk to Finchley, on Margaret Thatcher's early career – he is played by Oliver Ford Davies.[6]

Coat of arms of Donald Kaberry, Baron Kaberry of Adel
On a wreath Or Sable and Azure a weeping willow tree Proper pendent from the trunk thereof by a ring a fleece Or.
Per fess Argent and Azure a pile reversed counterchanged three double-wards keys upwards also Azure each enfiled by a chaplet of holly fructed Proper and of roses Argent barbed and seeded also Proper.
Laboro Fide [7]


  1. "Mr Donald Kaberry, former MP, Leeds North West – TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. "1949-59 (candidate): MT to Donald Kaberry (asks to meet) | Margaret Thatcher Foundation". Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  3. "No. 41945". The London Gazette. 2 February 1960. p. 858.
  4. "No. 49491". The London Gazette. 28 September 1983. p. 12669.
  5. "U.K. lawmaker Jo Cox dead after shooting attack". Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. "Oliver Ford Davies". IMDb. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  7. Debrett's Peerage. 1985.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Leeds North West
Succeeded by
Keith Hampson
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Adel cum Eccup)

Succeeded by
Christopher Donald Kaberry

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