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Charles Philip Yorke

Charles Philip Yorke (1764-1834), son of Charles Yorke, member of parliament for Cambridgeshire and afterwards for Liskeard, was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in Addington's ministry in 1801, transferring to the Home Office in 1803, where he was a strong opponent of concession to the Roman Catholics. He made himself exceedingly unpopular in 1810 by bringing about the exclusion of strangers, including reporters for the press, from the House of Commons under the standing order, which led to the imprisonment of Sir Francis Burdett in the Tower and to riots in London. In the same year Yorke joined Spencer Perceval's government as First Lord of the Admiralty; he retired from public life in 1818, and died in 1834. Charles Yorke's second son by his second marriage was Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke (1768183 1), an admiral in the navy, whose son succeeded to the Earldom of Hardwicke.