GRANT, Sir Anthony (1925-2016).

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Sir Anthony Grant was born in Surbiton on 29 May 1925. Educated at St Paul’s and Brasenose College, Oxford, he served as a Captain in the Third Dragoon Guards, 1943-48. On his return to Britain he became a solicitor. He married Sonia Isobel and had a son and daughter.

A former Young Conservatives chairman, Grant first contested Hayes and Harlington for the in 1959, before winning in Harrow Central in 1964. He held the seat until it was abolished in 1983. Although he hoped to become the candidate for the enlarged Harrow East constituency, he lost out to incumbent Hugh Dykes. He was selected for the Conservatives in Cambridgeshire South West and held the seat from 1983 until retirement in 1997.

In Parliament, Grant served as an opposition whip 1966-70 before holding junior ministerial posts in the Board of Trade and Department of Trade and Industry in Edward Heath’s 1970-74 government. He later became Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and held executive positions on the backbench 1922 Committee. Sir Anthony passed away in October 2016.

Click here to listen to the full interview with Sir Anthony Grant in the British Library.

Ref Volumes: Oral History

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