Anthony Fell (politician)

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Sir Anthony Fell (18 May 1914 – 20 March 1998)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician. He sat in the House of Commons for most of the years from 1951 to 1983.

Early life[edit]

He was educated in New Zealand and at Bedford School.[2]

Political career[edit]

Fell first stood for Parliament in a by-election for the seat of Brigg in 1948, but was defeated by Labour's Lance Mallalieu. He stood in another by-election a year later for Hammersmith South, but was beaten by Thomas Williams, as he was in the 1950 General Election.

He was elected at the 1951 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth, a seat which had been held at the start of the 20th century by his grandfather Sir Arthur Fell.[3] Yarmouth returned him to the Commons at three further elections. At the 1966 general election, Labour's Hugh Gray won the seat, with a majority of 797.

Fell regained the seat at the 1970 general election, with a majority of over 3,000,[4] and retained it through three further elections until he retired, aged 69, at the 1983 general election. He was knighted in 1982. His successor was Michael Carttiss, another Conservative.

Fell was a member of the Conservative Monday Club.[5]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Marginal Seats Regained Conservative Success In East Anglia". The Times. London. 27 October 1951. pp. 3, col D. 
  4. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Copping, Robert, The Story of The Monday Club - The First Decade, Current Affairs Information Unit, London, April 1972: 21

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ernest Kinghorn
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth
Succeeded by
Hugh Gray
Preceded by
Hugh Gray
Member of Parliament for Yarmouth
Succeeded by
Michael Carttiss
(for Great Yarmouth)