Paul Williams (politician)

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Paul Williams (politician)

British Conservative Party politician who served as Member of Parliament for Sunderland South from 1953 to 1964 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1922.

Countries: United Kingdom (50%), Egypt (33%), (17%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Arthur Blenkinsop, Conservative Party (UK), Gordon Bagier

Linked to: Cambridge University Conservative Association, Conservative Party, Marlborough College, University of Cambridge

 

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Paul Williams was born in 1922 add something

 

"'Paul Glyn Williams"' was a British Conservative Party politician who served as Member of Parliament for Sunderland South from 1953 to 1964 add something


1942

Second World War - After graduating in 1942, he served as a flight lieutenant in the RAF during the Second World War, flying transport aircraft add something


1947

His first marriage, in 1947, was to former model, Barbara Joan Hardy add something


1950

He contested Arthur Blenkinsop's safe Labour seats of Newcastle upon Tyne East in February 1950, and the marginal constituency of Sunderland South in October 1951, losing narrowly to Labour candidate Richard Ewart by 306 votes add something


1953

After Ewart's early death, Williams won the seat by 1,175 votes at a by-election in 1953, the first time that the government party had won an opposition seat in a by-election since 1924 add something

 

After Ewart's early death, Williams won the seat by 1,175 votes at a by-election in 1953, the first time that the government party had won an opposition seat in a by-election since 1924 add something

 

He became a "Suez rebel" in December 1953, urging the government to suspend negotiations with Egypt to evacuate the canal zone, and voted against the Conservative government's Suez policy in July 1954 add something


1955

He increased his majority in the May 1955 general election, but, after further disagreement with government policy to withdraw from Suez, he and seven other backbench Conservative MPs resigned their party's whip in May 1957 add something


1958

He sat as an Independent Conservative until he and four other rebels were persuaded to resume the whip in July 1958 add something


1959

He was re-elected with a reduced majority in 1959 add something


1962

An early member of the Conservative Monday Club, Williams was National Club Chairman from 1964 to 1969, standing down in the latter year because of business pressures add something


1964

They had two daughters, but were divorced in 1964 add something

 

He lost his seat in the October 1964 general election, with Labour candidate Gordon Bagier winning by 1,566 votes add something


1965

In November 1965, "Peterborough" in the "Daily Telegraph" stated that "the Club owed a good deal of its standing to its Chairman, Paul Williams", and commended his "political acumen" add something


1966

He was chairman and managing director of Mount Charlotte Investments from 1966 to 1977, a hotel company that later merged with Thistle Hotels add something


1969

In his outgoing Chairman's address at the Club's AGM in April 1969 Williams called for a more aggressive opposition, appealing for "patriotism and moral rejuvenation, and a return for self-respect in the individual and the nation" add something


1973

He remained on the Club's Executive Council until 1973 and was still listed as a Vice-President in 1991 add something


Paul Williams died in 2008 add something