Born in Blackpool in 1932 and educated at Blackpool Grammar School and Nottingham University. Peter Crampton was a teacher and lecturer of geography. He married a geography teacher from London in 1955. They had two sons, born in 1962 and 1964. After a spell in Solihull, in 1970 the family moved to Hull so he could take up a post at Hull College of Higher Education. In Hull he was active in Labour politics.
Peter Crampton retired from teaching in 1988 and was briefly a parliamentary researcher for MP Joan Ruddock. He was MEP for the Humberside constituency from 1989 until he stood down at the 1999 election.
During his time in the European Parliament, Peter Crampton was a member of the Group of the European Socialists and was a Vice-Chair of the Political Affairs Committee as well as the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security.
Mr Crampton also served as a member on the Committee on Fisheries as well as Regional Policy.