They were Mr Eric Taylor, aged 54, chairman of the party's north west area, Sir Anthony Berry, aged 59, MP for Enfield, Southgate, Mrs Anne Wakeham, aged 45, wife of the government chief whip, Mrs Jeanne Shattock, aged 52, wife of the chairman of the party's western area, and Mrs Muriel McLean, aged 54, wife of the Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives. Magee had planted the bomb, with a long-term timer, wrapped in plastic to deceive sniffer dogs, under a bath in Room 629. “It appeared as if a huge gaping lift shaft had opened up with all the debris and evidence sinking to the bottom,” Reece recalled.Many ministers had been inside, attending the Conservative Party conference. He planted the bomb, with a long-delay timer, in the bathroom wall of his room, number 629.

A Conservative MP, Sir Anthony Berry (Deputy Chief Whip),[10] was killed, along with Eric Taylor (North-West Area Chairman of the Conservative Party), Lady Shattock (Jeanne, wife of Sir Gordon Shattock, Western Area Chairman of the Conservative Party), Lady Maclean (Muriel, wife of Sir Donald Maclean, President of the Scottish Conservatives), and Roberta Wakeham (wife of Chief Whip John Wakeham). Patrick Magee was born in Belfast and moved with his family to Norwich when he was two years old. However, Magee was released from prison in 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, having served 14 years (including the time before his sentencing). "[14] Immediately afterwards, her popularity soared almost to the level it had been during the Falklands War. The then trade secretary and his wife Margaret were lying in bed when their ceiling collapsed. By … There would be a further shock for Reece when Magee was released under the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998. He planted a bomb with a … Mr Gordon Shattock, and his wife, Jeanne, took Room 628. [8] A British Government spokesman said that his release "was hard to stomach" and an appeal by then Home Secretary Jack Straw to forestall it was turned down by the Northern Ireland High Court. 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For the burly 6ft Yorkshireman known as “big Jack”, the £1m investigation, which put him on an IRA death list, was to test his leadership, keeping up staff morale in the long hunt – and, at its end, his steadiness under questioning in court. Between 1980 and 1981, while detained … Repatriated to Ireland, the country refused to extradite him to the UK believing he would not receive a fair trial. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The bomb was activated that evening when the occupants of the room ordered a bottle of vodka and three cokes. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Sir Donald McLean and his wife Muriel, booked in to Room 629 on October 9, at the start of the conference week. [25], Jonathan Lee's 2015 novel High Dive is a fictionalised account of the bombing, written largely from the alternating perspectives of the hotel manager, his teenage daughter, and an IRA bombmaker who helps Magee. 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