Tony Speller

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Antony Kirby Speller[1] (12 June 1929 – 15 February 2013) was a British Conservative politician.[2] Speller was born in Exeter on 12 June 1929, the son of Capt John Speller, director of posts and telegraphs for India, who later returned to take over the city’s Bystock Hotel. He was educated at Exeter School, before graduating in Economics from the University of London and in Social Studies from Exeter University.[3]

On his second attempt, in the 1979 general election, he defeated former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe to become MP for North Devon, which effectively ended Thorpe's political career. Speller held the seat until 1992 when he lost to the Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey.

Speller married first, in 1950, Margaret Lloyd-Jones; they had two sons and a daughter before divorcing in 1958. In 1960 he married Maureen McLellan, with whom he had a son and a daughter.[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Aspinwall, Jack (Summer 2013). "Order, Order!" (PDF). Association of Former Members of Parliament. p. 15. 
  2. ^ "Former North Devon Conservative MP Tony Speller dies aged 83". This is North Devon. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  3. ^ Tony Speller Obituary The Daily Telegraph, 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ Tony Speller Obituary The Daily Telegraph, 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1992

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jeremy Thorpe
Member of Parliament for North Devon
19791992
Succeeded by
Nick Harvey