William van Straubenzee
Van Straubenzee was educated at Westminster School and served in the Royal Artillery 1942-47, including two years in the Far East. He became a solicitor in 1952 and a partner in a law firm. He was a governor of the conservative Ashridge think tank until 1954 and national chairman of the Young Conservatives 1951-53. Having been awarded an MBE for political services in 1954, he served as a councillor of Richmond Borough Council 1955-58.
Van Straubenzee contested Clapham in 1955. He was Member of Parliament for Wokingham from 1959 to 1987, when he retired and was succeeded by John Redwood. He served in Edward Heath's government as junior minister for Education and Science from 1970 to 1972, and Northern Ireland minister from 1972 to 1974.
He was a keen churchman and served as Second Church Estates Commissioner (dealing with Anlgican Church matters in the House of Commons) from 1979 to 1987.
- The Times, 10 June 1954, "Official Appointments and Notices", p5.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1955, 1966 & 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
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