Niall MacDermot Politician

Niall MacDermot (10 September 1916 – 22 February 1996) was a British Labour Party politician. He was first elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham North, at a by-election in 1957 following the death of Conservative MP Sir Austin Hudson. MacDermot lost his seat two years later at the 1959 general election, but two years later he returned to Parliament as MP for Derby North at by-election in 1962. He was Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1964 to 1967, and retired from the Commons at the 1970 general election. From 1970 to 1990, he was Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists, succeeding Sean MacBride. He was the grandson of Hugh Hyacinth O'Rorke MacDermot, who served as Solicitor General for Ireland in 1885 and 1886, and as Attorney General for Ireland in 1892.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 10th, 1916
United Kingdom
Date of death
February 22nd, 1996 at age of 79

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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