Airey Neave

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Person.png Airey Neave   SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, spook, politician)
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BornAirey Middleton Sheffield Neave
Knightsbridge, London
Died1979-03-30 (Age 63)
Westminster Hospital, London
Alma materMerton College, Oxford
ReligionChurch of England
SpouseDiana Neave
Victim ofassassination
Thatcher aide who may have been intent on tackling corruption. Assassinated.

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
4 March 1974 - 30 March 1979
Preceded byMerlyn Rees

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Abingdon

In office
30 June 1953 - 30 March 1979

Airey Neave was the first British officer to escape Colditz. A friend and key advisor to Margaret Thatcher who "had learned all there is to learn about intrigue, deception and the political Black Arts"[1] he was assassinated in 1979 just before her successful election campaign.


Neave was a barrister.[2]

"During World War II, he "worked for MI9, a subsidiary of MI6, later holding the rank of commanding officer of the Intelligence School 9, Territorial Army (TA)."[2]

Neave became Conservative Party MP for Abington in 1953. He has been called "the most senior politician ever to have been assassinated". He was a close friend of Margaret Thatcher and managed her campaign to become leader of the Conservative party. He ran a "“psy-ops” campaign, drawing on intelligence experience".[3]


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On 30th March 1979 Neave was injured in Whitehall by a car bomb. "He was quickly taken to Westminster Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. But it was too late and he died on the operating table."[2][4]


The Provisional Irish Republican Army reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing,[2] though it was later attributed to the INLA. Others have suggested that it was an attack by the UK deep state who were concerned about by his plans to restructure MI5 and MI6. He is reputed to have remarked that "There has been serious corruption" and that "there is going to be cleaning of the stables".[citation needed]

The commercially-controlled media condemned a drama Utopia which suggested that he was not killed by the INLA as the official narrative states.[5]