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Edward du Cann

Politician from United Kingdom

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. At the start of World War 2, he was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Navy. Serving as a Lieutenant in motor torpedo boats based in East Anglia patrolling the North Sea, he served alongside both Owen Aisher (later a noted yachtsman/entrepreneur) and David Wickins (founder of British Car Auctions/entrepreneur). At the end of hostilities, he 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  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1924-05-28
Nationality
United Kingdom

Political career

Party From To
Conservative Party

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