Angus Maude

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon
PC
Paymaster General
In office
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Shirley Williams
Succeeded by Francis Pym
Member of Parliament
for Stratford-on-Avon
In office
15 August 1963 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by John Profumo
Succeeded by Alan Howarth
Member of Parliament
for Ealing South
In office
23 February 1950 – 12 June 1958
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Brian Batsford
Personal details
Born (1912-09-08)8 September 1912
Died 9 November 1993(1993-11-09) (aged 81)
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Political party Conservative
Children Francis Maude
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

Angus Edmund Upton Maude, Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon PC (8 September 1912 – 9 November 1993), was born at 44 Temple Fortune Lane, Hendon, Middlesex, the only child of Alan Hamer Maude (1885–1979), journalist and army officer, and Dorothy Maude Upton, daughter of Frederic Upton, a civil servant. [1]He was a Conservative Party politician and British cabinet member from 1979 until 1981. He was the father of Conservative MP Francis Maude.

Maude was educated, mainly in Classics, at Rugby School and at Oriel College, Oxford where he obtained a Second Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1933.[2] He became a journalist and author, working on The Times (1933–4) and The Daily Mail (1934–9).[3]

Maude was elected Member of Parliament for Ealing South in 1950. He continued to work in journalism and was Director of the Conservative Political Centre, 1951–55. In 1958, he resigned his seat to become editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, a post which he held until 1961. He returned to Parliament to represent the constituency of Stratford-on-Avon from a by-election in 1963 until 1983.

Maude was shadow aviation spokesman, but was sacked in 1967 by Edward Heath after criticising party policy. When Margaret Thatcher became leader, she brought him back into the fold after he played a key role in her bid for the leadership in 1975. When she came to power in May 1979, he was appointed to the position of Paymaster-General with a seat in the cabinet, with Thatcher saying "I was anxious to have Angus Maude in the Cabinet to benefit from his years of political experience, his sound views, and his acid wit." [4] However, Maude resigned relatively soon after, in January 1981.

Maude gave up his seat at the 1983 UK general election, and was elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer, Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon in the County of Warwickshire later that year. He died in 1993.

He was nicknamed "The Mekon" because of his prominent forehead and overbearing manner.[5]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ealing South
19501958
Succeeded by
Brian Batsford
Preceded by
John Profumo
Member of Parliament for Stratford-upon-Avon
19631983
Succeeded by
Alan Howarth
Political offices
Preceded by
Shirley Williams
Paymaster-General
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Francis Pym