Eldon Griffiths

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Person.png Eldon Griffiths   IMDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(editor, politician)
Wigan, Lancashire, England
Died2014-06-03 (Age 89)
Alma materEmmanuel College (Cambridge) University, Yale University
Member ofLe Cercle

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.


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]


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]


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

Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
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  1. Langdon, Julia (4 June 2014). "Sir Eldon Griffiths obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  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.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS"). 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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