Evan Luard

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Evan Luard
Member of Parliament
for Oxford
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by Montague Woodhouse
Succeeded by John Patten
In office
31 March 1966 – 18 June 1970
Preceded by Montague Woodhouse
Succeeded by Montague Woodhouse
Personal details
Born 31 October 1926
Died 8 February 1991(1991-02-08) (aged 64)
Political party Labour
Social Democratic
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

(David) Evan Trant Luard (31 October 1926 – 8 February 1991), most commonly known as Evan Luard, was a British Labour and SDP politician.

Luard was educated at Felsted School and King's College, Cambridge where he gained a First in Modern Languages. In 1950, Luard joined the Foreign Service and after learning Chinese he was stationed in Peking from 1952 to 1954. In 1956 he resigned from the diplomatic service in protest at Britain's involvement in the Suez Crisis.

He became a research fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford in 1957 where he was able to research Chinese relations with Britain. He was a Labour councillor on Oxford City Council 1958–61.

Luard was Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford from 1966 to 1970 and again from October 1974 to 1979 for the Labour Party, having first contested the seat in 1964; he was the only Labour member ever to represent the constituency in its original form. He served as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign Office from 1969 till 1970 and again from 1976 until Labour left power in 1979.

Luard joined the SDP soon after its formation, and contested the 1983 General election for the party in the newly formed constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon. He was de-selected in 1987 in favour of Chris Huhne.

Luard is also known for his sociological theories including the hierarchy theory. His exhaustive study of war, War in International Society: A Study in International Sociology, was published in Britain in 1986 and by Yale University Press in the United States in 1987.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Montague Woodhouse
Member of Parliament for Oxford
19661970
Succeeded by
Montague Woodhouse
Preceded by
Montague Woodhouse
Member of Parliament for Oxford
19741979
Succeeded by
John Patten