Eldon Griffiths

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Person.png Eldon Griffiths   IMDBRdf-icon.png
(editor, politician)
Born 1925-05-25
Wigan, Lancashire, England
Died 2014-06-03 (Age 89)
Nationality English
Alma mater Emmanuel College (Cambridge) University, Yale University
Member of Le Cercle
Party Conservative

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds

In office
15 October 1964 - 9 April 1992

Sir Eldon Wylie Griffiths was a British Conservative politician and journalist.

Background

Griffiths was born on 25 May 1925 in Wigan, Lancashire, UK.[1] His Welsh father was a police sergeant. He attended Ashton Grammar School. After World War II service in the Royal Air Force he gained a double first class degree in history from Emmanuel College (Cambridge) and an MA from Yale University.[2][3]

Career

After university Griffiths worked in the Conservative Research Department and became a journalist and farmer. He was managing editor of Newsweek.

He became the MP for Bury St Edmunds after a by-election in 1964, and represented the seat until he retired in 1992. His Telegraph obituary claimed he was "rangy, articulate, but dour, (Griffiths was) a political loner, and not over-popular on the Tory benches" However it listed many achievements as MP and in other spheres.[4] He served as a junior minister for Environment and Sport during the Edward Heath government of 1970 to 1974. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs select committee.[5]

He also served as parliamentary spokesman for the Police Federation. In 1985, he was made a Knight Bachelor for "political service".[6]

Directorship

Griffiths was a director of one of Gerald Carroll's ill-fated Carroll Group companies.[7]

Deep political connections

Eldon Griffiths attended a 1985 meeting of Le Cercle in Washington D.C.[8]

 

Event Participated in

EventDateLocation(s)
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 1985 - 10 January 1985Washington DC
US


References

  1. Langdon, Julia (4 June 2014). "Sir Eldon Griffiths obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Eldon Griffiths Obituary in the Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 June 2014
  3. Eldon Griffith obituary in The Guardian Retrieved 4 June 2014
  4. Daily Telegraph, London 4 June 2014
  5. http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0014%2FKNNK%205
  6. "No. 50154". The London Gazette (invalid |supp= (help)). 15 June 1985.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> London Gazette uses unsupported parameters (help)
  7. "SFO looks at 500m fall of Carroll empire", Dominic O'Connell, Sunday Business, 1 October 2000, p. 1.
  8. https://isgp-studies.com/Le_Cercle_membership_list


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