Sir Joseph Gurney Pease, 5th Baronet
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Sir Joseph Gurney Pease, 5th Baronet

Sir Joseph Gurney Pease, 5th Baronet (born 16 November 1927) is a British hotelier and a Liberal Party politician.


Gurney Pease is the second son of Alfred Edward Pease, and his 3rd wife, Emily Elizabeth Smith. His elder brother would become Sir Alfred Vincent Pease, 4th Baronet. He was educated at Bootham School,[1]York. In 1953 he married Shelagh Munro Bulman. They have one son, Charles Edward Gurney Pease, and one daughter, Jane Elizabeth Gurney Pease. In 2008 he succeeded his brother Vincent to the family baronetcy.[2]

Professional career

Gurney Pease was a director and secretary of a private company of hotel proprietors.[3]

Political career

In 1950 Gurney Pease was elected to Guisborough Urban District Council, on which he served one three-year term. He was vice-chairman of Darlington Liberal Association.[3] He was Liberal candidate for the Bishop Auckland division of County Durham at the 1959 General Election.

General Election 1959: Bishop Auckland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Boyden 21,706 55.0 −2.7
Conservative N.W. Murray 13,377 33.9 −8.4
Liberal Gurney Pease 4,377 11.1 N/A
Majority 8,329 21.1
Turnout 39,460 80.8 +3.8
Labour hold Swing +2.9

In 1961 he served as President of the North East England Young Liberal Federation.[2] He was Liberal candidate for the Darlington division of County Durham at the 1964 General Election.

General Election 1964: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Fletcher 21,751 45.2
Conservative Anthony Bourne-Arton 19,841 41.2
Liberal Gurney Pease 6,578 13.7
Majority 1,910 4.0
Turnout 83.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

In 1969 he was elected to the Liberal Party Council.[2] He was Liberal candidate for the Westmorland division at the 1970 General Election.

General Election 1970: Westmorland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Jopling 21,253 55.3
Liberal Gurney Pease 9,426 24.5
Labour Roger Ward 7,757 20.2
Majority 11,827 30.8
Turnout 38,436 71
Conservative hold Swing

From 1970-71 he served as President of the North West England Regional Liberal Party.[2] He was Liberal candidate for the Penrith and The Border division at the October 1974 General Election.

General Election October 1974: Penrith and The Border
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Whitelaw 23,547 58.1
Labour Joseph Norman David Weedall 9,791 24.1
Liberal Gurney Pease 7,215 17.8
Majority 13,756 33.9
Turnout 72.9
Conservative hold Swing

He did not stand for parliament again.[4]


  • "A Wealth of Happiness and Many Bitter Trials" The life and journals of Sir Alfred Edward Pease Bt. (1992) William Sessions of York. ISBN 1-85072-107-6[2]
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Vincent Pease
(Pease of Hutton Lowcross and Pinchinthorpe)
Succeeded by
heir apparent - Charles Edward Gurney Pease


  1. ^ Woodland, Jenny, ed. (2011). Bootham School Register. York, England: Bootham Old Scholars Association. OCLC 844773709.
  2. ^ a b c d e 'PEASE, Sir (Joseph) Gurney', Who's Who 2015, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, Oct 2014 accessed 30 Jan 2015
  3. ^ a b The Times House of Commons 1959
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1950-1973, Craig, F.W.S.

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