Mark Carlisle was secretary of state for education & science from 1979 to 1981, when he lost his job in Thatcher's sacking of the "Wets" from her Cabinet.
At Education he ended the compulsory abolition of grammar schools and scaled down school-meal subsidies in an attempt to ward off more stringent education cuts. He became Lord Carlisle of Bucklow in 1987.
Among his high-profile posts, Lord Carlisle was chairman of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board until 2000. He died in July 2005 at the age of 76.