James Ramsden (politician)
|The Right Honourable
|Secretary of State for War|
21 October 1963 – 1 April 1964
|Prime Minister||Sir Alec Douglas-Home|
|Preceded by||Joseph Godber|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Born||1 November 1923|
Ramsden is the son of Captain Edward Ramsden and his wife Geraldine. His father was a brother of George Taylor Ramsden, a Coalition Unionist MP for Elland, while his mother was a sister of brothers Sir Frank O'Brien Wilson (a Royal Navy officer and early settler of Kenya) and Sir Murrough John Wilson (a Conservative MP for Richmond, Yorkshire).
Ramsden sat as Member of Parliament for Harrogate from 1954 to 1974. He served under Harold Macmillan as Under-Secretary of State and Financial Secretary for War from 1960 to 1963 and under Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Secretary of State for War from 1963 to 1964. At the April 1964 reshuffle, the former cabinet positions of First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for Air, along with Ramsden's post, were incorporated into an expanded Ministry of Defence, under the leadership of the new position of Secretary of State for Defence. Ramsden was appointed Minister of State for the Army at the Ministry of Defence, a post he held until the Home government fell in October 1964. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1963.
Ramsden married Juliet, daughter of Sir Charles Ponsonby, 1st Baronet.
- RAMSDEN, James (b.1923). – The History of Parliament. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Rulers.org page on UK government officials (search for "Ramsden")
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