Cuthbert Alport, Baron Alport

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Cuthbert James McCall Alport, Baron Alport, PC, DL (22 March 1912 – 28 October 1998) was a Conservative Party politician, minister, and life peer.

Early life[edit]

"Cub" Alport was educated at Haileybury College, Haileybury, Hertfordshire, England, and graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1934. He was a tutor at Ashridge College, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, from 1935 to 1939. During the Second World War, he served in the British Army as an officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the King's African Rifles. He was General Staff Officer 1 (GSO 1) of the East Africa Command between 1944 and 1945.

Political career[edit]

Alport was an assistant secretary for the Conservative Party Education Department between 1937 and 1939. He was Director of the Conservative Political Centre between 1945 and 1950. He was elected as the Tory Member of Parliament for the Colchester constituency, in the 1950 general election and held the seat until 16 February 1961, when he was created Baron Alport, of Colchester in the County of Essex, a life peerage.[1] On his elevation to the peerage, the Colchester constituency was held by the Tories in a by-election by Antony Buck.

Alport held the post of Assistant Postmaster-General between 1955 and 1957. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations between 1957 and 1959. He held the office of Minister of State for the Commonwealth Relations Office between 1959 and 1961. He was invested as a Privy Councillor in 1960. He held the office of British High Commissioner to the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland between 1961 and 1963. He was appointed High Steward of Colchester in 1967 and he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in 1974.

Published works[edit]

  • Kingdoms in Partnership (1937)
  • Hope in Africa (1952)
  • The Sudden Assignment (1965)

Honorary Degrees[edit]

Lord Alport was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Essex in July 1997.[citation needed]

The Alport Papers[edit]

Lord Alport's correspondence and papers (the Alport Papers) are archived at the University of Essex library. Additional correspondence with Roy Welensky is archived at the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, University of Oxford.



  1. ^ "No. 42281". The London Gazette. 17 February 1961. p. 1249. 
  • Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Delacourt-Smith
Member of Parliament for Colchester
Succeeded by
Antony Buck