Leeds MPs

BATISTE, Spencer Lee (born 1945) Conservative. He was appointed as a Law Clerk in 1974, a Guardian for Sheffield Assay Office in July 1979 and in 1982 given a place on the Executive Committee.

He became MP for Elmet in the Conservative landslide of 1983. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to three people: Lord Trefgarne, Sir Geoffrey Pattie and Sir Leon Brittan. He then became immigration adjudicator for the Immigration Appellate Authority and later chairman of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal. As an MP he strongly supported privatisation, defended Israel against its critics and argued that companies setting up in human genetic science need a clear ethical framework in which to operate. In 1997 he suffered in the Labour landslide that year seeing his 3,261 majority turned into a Labour majority of 8,779 when Colin Burgon won the seat. In 2015 he retired from the Asssay Office after giving forty years service. For further reading see http://www.assayoffice.co.uk.