Evelyn King (UK politician)
Evelyn Mansfield King (
30 May 1907– 14 April 1994) was a British member of parliament for both the Labour Party and then the Conservative Party. He was a long-standing member of the Primrose League, and a Vice-President of the Conservative Monday Clubfrom about 1974 until his death.
The son of Harry Percy King and Winifred Elizabeth "née" Paulet, King was educated at
Cheltenham Collegeand King's College, Cambridge University (where he was the university's correspondent to the "Sunday Times", 1928-30). He then entered the Inner Temple, London. He was Assistant Master at Bedford School,Clayesmore School, Craigend Park School,and 1930, d Headmaster and Warden of Clayesmore School, 1935-1950. He revitalised a financially failing Clayesmore, bringing with him some pupils from Craigend Park, and managing the school in an energetic and proactive way, putting it on the Headmasters' Conference List, and generally on the map. During World War IIhe served in the Gloucestershire Regimentfrom 1940 and Acting Lieutenant-Colonel in 1941.
King was originally Labour Party
Member of Parliamentfor Penryn and Falmouth from 1945 to 1950, and served as Parliamentary Secretaryat the Ministry of Town and Country Planning 1947 to 1950. He contested Poole in 1950 but lost.
King defected to the Conservative Party in 1951 and contested Southampton Itchen in 1959. In 1964, he stood in Dorset South and unseated Labour's Guy Barnett, who had gained the seat in a
by-electiontwo years earlier. He was a member of parliamentary delegations to Bermudaand Washington DCin 1946, Tokyo1947, Cairoand the Middle East1967, Jordanand the Persian Gulf1968, Kenyaand the Seychelles1969, Malta1970 (leader), and Malawi1971 (leader). He was a member of the Select Committee on Overseas Aid in 1971, and Chairman of the Food Committee 1971-73.King served until he retired in 1979.
*"Times Guide to the House of Commons", 1951, 1966 & October 1974, London
*"Dod's Parliamentary Companion 1979", 160th edition, London.
*Black, A & C, "Who's Who", London. (Various editions).
* King, Evelyn, with J. C. Trewin, "Printer to The House" - biography of
Luke Hansard. London, 1952.
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