|Member of Parliament
for Beverley and Holderness
11 June 1987 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Patrick Wall|
|Succeeded by||Graham Stuart|
28 January 1944 |
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
James Douglas Cran (born 28 January 1944) is a British former Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Beverley and Holderness in northern England until he stepped down at the 2005 general election, being succeeded as Conservative candidate and MP by Graham Stuart. Due to having one of the lowest attendance records of any MP in Westminster, he was dubbed by both local and national media as 'The Invisible Cran'.
He went to Ruthrieston School (now knocked down for a property development) on Holburn Street in Aberdeen. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, gaining an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 1968.
From 1971-9, he was the Secretary and Chief Executive of the National Association of Pension Funds. He was the Director of the CBI's Northern region from 1979–84, and the West Midlands region from 1984-7. From 1974-9, he was a councillor in the London Borough of Sutton.
He contested Glasgow Shettleston in October 1974 and Gordon (near Aberdeen) in 1983. He became MP for Beverley in 1987 taking over from Sir Patrick Wall, then transferred to Beverley and Holderness in 1997.
He married Penelope Barbara in 1973. They have one daughter.
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