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Chris Patten

Christopher Francis Patten (born May 12, 1944) was a prominent British Conservative politician in the early 1990s.

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Educated in St Benedict's School, Ealing, and Balliol College, Oxford, he had worked in the Conservative Party since 1966, starting in its research department.

He was a member of the British House of Commons from 1979 to 1992, and Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 until 1992 before losing his seat for Bath to the Liberal Democrat Don Foster at the 1992 UK general election.

In July 1992, he became the 28th and last Governor of Hong Kong until its handover to the People's Republic of China in 1997. He was given an official Chinese name Peng Dingkang (彭定康) for his governorship. Chris Patten was the only professional politican taking the job as Hong Kong Governor. Unlike previous Hong Kong Governors, he refused to be knighted - he was not willing to give up his political career. During his governorship, he extended the definition of function constituencies and thus virtually every Hongkonger was able to vote for the so-called indirectly elected members (see Politics of Hong Kong). His measure was strongly objected and he himself was orally insulted by the PRC government. The overreaction of PRC government indeed raised his popularity to a level he never enjoyed outside the UK.

In 1999 he was appointed one of the United Kingdom's two members of the Commission of the European Communities.

As of March 2003, he is one of 20 European Commissionerss and has responsibility for External Relations. He is also the chancellor for the universities of Newcastle and Oxford.

He is a patron of the Tory Reform Group.


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