Thomas Brimelow

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Born25 October 1915
Died2 August 1995 (Age 79)
Alma materNew Mills Grammar School, New College (Oxford)
Uk diplomat. Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Diplomatic Service 1973-75.

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In office
1966 - 1969
Succeeded byNicholas Henderson

Thomas Brimelow, Baron Brimelow was a British diplomat.

He was Ambassador to Poland (1966–69), Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Diplomatic Service (1973-75), and Member of the European Parliament (1977–78).[1]

Alistair Horne describes him as "cherubic, and unflappable, but with a piercing intellect"[2] and "the Foreign Office expect on the Soviets, and Russian behaviour".[2] He was also known to be passionate about equality of opportunity and a less stratified society in Great Britain.[3]

He played an important role alongside US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in negotiating the 1973 Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War between the United States and the USSR which, according to Kissinger, "owed, in fact, more to British than American expertise".[4] Kissinger described Brimelow's role as "an example of the Anglo-American 'special relationship' at its best, even at a time when the incumbent Prime Minister (Heath) was not among its advocates. There was no other government which we would have dealt with so openly, exchanged ideas so freely, or in effect permitted to participate in our own deliberations."[4]

He was educated at New Mills Grammar School and New College, Oxford.[5] His daughter, Alison, was the fifth President of the European Patent Office.

Brimelow was created a life peer on 29 January 1976 taking the title Baron Brimelow[6]

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  2. a b Horne, Alistair. Kissinger's Year: 1973. p. 158.
  4. a b Kissinger, Henry. Years of Upheaval. p. 282
  5. ‘BRIMELOW’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
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