Photograph by Bassano Ltd, taken 1950.
|Chairman of the National Liberal Party|
|Preceded by||James Henderson-Stewart|
|Succeeded by||David Renton|
|Member of Parliament
for North Angus and Mearns
Kincardine and Western Aberdeenshire (1939–1950)
30 March 1939 – 15 October 1964
|Preceded by||Malcolm Barclay-Harvey|
|Succeeded by||Alick Buchanan-Smith|
|Born||2 September 1903|
|Died||17 July 1977(aged 73)|
|Political party||National Liberal
Sir Colin Norman Thornton-Kemsley, OBE, TD (2 September 1903 – 17 July 1977) was a Conservative and National Liberal politician in the United Kingdom. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kincardine and Western Aberdeenshire from 1939 to 1950, and for North Angus and Mearns from 1950 until his retirement at the 1964 general election.
Whilst he had a Scottish grandfather, he had no real connection to Scotland until 1930, when he married Alice Thornton; his second cousin and the granddaughter of the prominent Dundee lawyer Sir Thomas Thornton. Thomas Thorton had purchased Thornton castle in Kincardineshire in 1893, and at the time of the wedding Thornton was the owner and resident of the property.
Thornton-Kemsley was an active member of the Conservative constituency association for the London suburb of Epping, where he lived. He also served as the Honorary Treasurer of Essex and Middlesex Provincial Area, National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations. As a member of the Epping constituency party he made a name for himself in Conservative Party circles as a Neville Chamberlain loyalist who was central to bringing about a censure of Winston Churchill by the Epping Conservative Association.
In 1939 Malcolm Barclay-Harvey, the incumbent Unionist Member of Parliament for Kincardine and Western Aberdeenshire, was offered the position of Governor of South Australia. Thornton-Kemsley, due to his previous role in trying to bringing about a censure of Winston Churchill by the Epping Conservative Association, was offered the candidacy.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Colin Thornton-Kemsley
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the National Liberal Party
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Kincardine & Western Aberdeenshire
1939 – 1950
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for North Angus & Mearns
1950 – 1964
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