Edward du Cann Author

Sir Edward Dillon Lott du Cann, KBE (born 28 May 1924) is a retired politician from the United Kingdom. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1956–87, and served as Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1965–67, and Chairman of party's 1922 Committee from 1972–84. Du Cann was educated at Colet Court, Woodbridge School and St. John's College, Oxford, where he was a friend of Kingsley Amis. He then became a company director. In 1951, du Cann contested Walthamstow West without success, and failed to win at Barrow-in-Furness in 1955. He was elected as MP for Taunton in a 1956 by-election. Du Cann served as the Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1962, and as a Minister of State at the Board of Trade 1963–64. He was then the Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1965–67, and Chairman of the 1922 Committee from 1972–84. He was appointed a Member of the Privy Council in 1964. Two years into his Chairmanship of the 1922 Committee, du Cann played an influential part in the events surrounding the elevation of Margaret Thatcher to the leadership of the Conservative Party.

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Date of birth
May 28th, 1924
United Kingdom


1. Woodbridge School Boarding school

Woodbridge School is an independent school in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, founded in 1577, for the poor of Woodbridge. It was later supported by the Seckford Foundation. Woodbridge School has been co-educational since 1975.

Type Mixed-sex education
Burkitt Road, IP12 4JH - Woodbridge, Suffolk
Official web page www.woodbridge.suffolk.sch.uk
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Notable alumni by gender

People attended Woodbridge School connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1895., Military Person
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b. 1976., Actor
b. 1963., TV producer
b. 1985.

Political engagements

Conservative Party

Geographic scope

United Kingdom


Liberal conservatism


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The Conservative Party, colloquially referred to as the Tory Party or the Tories, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. It espouses the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. After merging with the Liberal Unionist Party in 1912, it changed its name to the Conservative and Unionist Party, although that name is rarely used. As of 2013 it is the largest single party in the House of Commons with 305 MPs, governing in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, with David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, as Prime Minister. It is the largest party in local government with 8,296 councillors. The Conservative Party was founded in 1834, and was one of two dominant parties in the 19th century, along with the Liberal Party. In the 1920s, the Liberal vote greatly diminished and the Labour Party became the Conservatives' main rivals. Conservative prime ministers led governments for 57 years of the 20th century, including Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher's tenure led to wide-ranging economic liberalisation and saw the Conservatives become the most eurosceptic of the three major parties.


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