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Aubrey Jones

Aubrey Jones (20 November 1911 – 10 April 2003) [1] was a British Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hall Green from 1950 to 1965.


Early life

Jones was born in Penydarren. He attended Cyfarthfa Castle Secondary School in Merthyr Tydfil and later graduated with a first-class degree from the London School of Economics, where he won the Gladstone Memorial Prize. [1] [2] During his time at university he joined the Liberal Party, only to leave "after having heard a speech by Sir Archibald Sinclair." [3] Soon after graduation he found employment as a "secretary-cum-research assistant" to the Foreign Secretary, Sir John Simon. [4] He was to undertake further work as a research assistant at the League of Nations in Geneva before moving on to journalism. An initial stint as a reporter for the Western Mail led, in 1937, to his recruitment by The Times , where he worked firstly as a sub-editor and then, two years later, as a correspondent in Berlin. [5] Following the outbreak of the Second World War he was recruited into the Intelligence Corps and soon transferred to Section V of the Secret Intelligence Service. [2] He was posted to Bari after the Allied invasion of Italy. [2]


At the 1950 general election, he was elected as the first Member of Parliament (MP) for the new constituency of Birmingham Hall Green. He was Minister of Fuel and Power from 1955 to 1957, and the last Minister of Supply from 1957 to 1959. He resigned from the House of Commons in 1965 in order to take up the position of Chairman of the newly created Prices & Incomes Board. He received an Honorary degree (Doctor of Science) from the University of Bath in 1966. [6]

After leaving the Prices and Incomes Board in October 1970, he became chair of Laporte Industries and a director of Thomas Tilling, Cornhill Insurance and Black & Decker. [7]

At the 1983 general election, he stood as the Liberal candidate for Sutton Coldfield, having rejoined the party in 1980 [5] after a hiatus of nearly fifty years. [8]

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  1. 1 2 "Jones, Rt Hon. Aubrey" . Who's Who . Vol. 2022 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U22265.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 1 2 3 West, Nigel (2005). Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence. Scarecrow Press. pp. 279–280.
  3. Joan Abse (ed.), My LSE (London: Robson Books, 1977), p. 33.
  4. Abse (ed.), My LSE, p. 39.
  5. 1 2 Goodman, Geoffrey, "Jones, Aubrey (1911–2003)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2009; online edition, January 2007. doi : 10.1093/ref:odnb/89893.(subscription required)
  6. "Corporate Information". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. "Aubrey Jones". 14 April 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  8. The Times Guide to the House of Commons June 1983. London: Times Books Ltd. 1983. p. 219. ISBN   0-7230-0255-X.


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