Peter Cook 1937-1995

Peter Cook in his 1960s heyday

Peter Cook in his 1960s heyday


Anti-establishment satirist and actor Peter Cook was a (fairly inactive) member of Cambridge University Liberal Club in the late 1950s – but there is a curious postscript to this fact.

A group of Liberals who had known Cook at university tried very hard to persuade him (unsuccessfully) to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for parliament in Finchley in 1992, to succeed Margaret Thatcher.

Presumably, had he stood, much of his campaign would have been delivered in an E.L. Wisty voice…

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