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Death of Former MP Toby Jessel

Death of Former MP Toby Jessel

Toby Jessel at a Teddington in Flower event, 1991

Toby Jessel, who died on December 3rd at the age of 84, was an important part of the Teddington Society’s life in our early days. He not only enthusiastically supported us, but he also attended many of our events, not least Teddington in Flower and, in 1977, the opening of Jubilee Gardens in the centre of the town.

Regarded by many at Westminster as something of a maverick, the always well-dressed Toby Jessel represented Richmond on the Greater London Council between 1967 and 1973. In the 1970 general election, while he was still on the GLC, he was elected MP for Twickenham – the seat he held until 1997, when he was defeated by the present incumbent, Sir Vince Cable.

The Daily Telegraph described Toby Jessel as ‘irrepressibly energetic’; Dr Tania Mathias (MP for Twickenham between 2015 and 2017 and a Society member) said he was ‘dedicated and clearly enjoyed politics and the people he represented. I’ll always be grateful for having known such a warm and helpful politician’.

Our image from the archive shows Toby Jessel enjoying a Teddington in Flower garden in 1991.

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