Sir Peter Emery è nato a Londra il 27 febbraio del 1927 ma riparò negli USA durante l'ultimo conflitto mondiale.
Completò gli studi superiori alla Scotch Plains nel New Jersey prima di entrare nella Royal Air Force.
Si laureò poi all'Oriel College di Oxford dove compì i suoi primi passi politici e dove fu bibliotecario alla Oxford Union.
Divenne consigliere municipale della città di Hornsey nonché governatore scolastico e membro del comitato esecutivo della municipalità di Londra.
Divenne parlamentare nel 1959 e fu un membro fondatore del Bow Group.
Amante del bridge ed esperto giocatore, capitanò la squadra dei Commons nella famosa annuale sfida con i Lords al Portland Club.
Scomparve a Londra il 9 dicembre del 2004.
Sir Peter Emery was born in London (27 February 1926), but was evacuated to the United States during World War II.
He was educated at Scotch Plains High School, New Jersey before serving with the Royal Air Force. He attended Oriel College, Oxford. While at Oriel he founded the political group United Europe with Sir Edward Boyle, Peter Kirk, and Dick Taverne. He was librarian of the Oxford Union.
Emery was a councilor on Hornsey Borough Council, chairing the housing committee. He was a school governor and a member of the executive committee of the London Municipal Society.
He stood for Parliament without success in Poplar at the 1951 general election and Lincoln. He first gained a seat in parliament at the 1959 general election, when he famously ousted trade unionist Ian Mikardo of whose union Emery was a member from his Reading seat. He became a founding member of the Bow Group.
After being defeated in Reading in the 1966 general election, Emery returned the following year by winning a by-election in Honiton. He represented that seat and its successor East Devon until stepping down at the 2001 general election. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1993.
Emery spent most of his long political career as a backbencher, although he did serve as a junior minister under Edward Heath and, during his final term, served as treasurer of the powerful 1922 committee.
Bridge lovers and good player, he was a captain of Commons team in the annual challenge match vs. the Lords team at the famous Portland Club.
He disappeared in London 9 December 2004.