Cyril Osborne

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Sir Cyril Osborne (19 June 1898 – 31 August 1969) was a Justice of the Peace for Leicestershire, and a British Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Louth constituency in Lincolnshire from 1945 until his death.


The son of Thomas Osborne in Nottingham, Cyril Osborne was educated at University College, Nottingham, and served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in World War I. He married, in 1935, Joyce Lawrence née Feibusch from Wolverhampton, and they had two sons and two daughters. One of them, Hazel, Baroness Byford was an Opposition Spokesman in the House of Lords.

Political career[edit]

He was elected on his first attempt, at the 1945 general election, and later became an early MP member of the Conservative Monday Club. In the House of Commons, he preceded Enoch Powell in arguing against immigration from the new commonwealth countries.

Although Osborne's views on immigration were generally regarded as somewhat extreme by the Conservative Party leadership, in March 1965 the party's MPs supported his Bill that sought to introduce 'periodic and precise limits on immigration'. Although the Bill failed at its first hurdle, the fact that it received the support of the Conservative Party leadership reflected the party's gradually hardening position on immigration into Britain from the 'New Commonwealth'.

From 1964 to 1967, he was Hon Treasurer of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (British Group), and for a longer period was Chairman of the Anglo-Soviet Parliamentary Group. During the 1967 debate on the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Osborne said "Punishment is deserved by any association that brings homos together and encourages these acts that I think are repulsive. If a club incidentally or partially operates so as to bring homos together and encourage this degrading and demoralising activity, I say that it should be punished."[1]

After his death, the Louth by-election, 1969 was won by the Conservative candidate Jeffrey Archer, who was later notable as a writer of paperback novels.

Private life[edit]

Sir Cyril Osborne was a Stockbroker and company director. He was a past Master of the Framework, a Member of the Court of Assistants, and of the Bakers' Livery Company. He was also a member of the Pilgrims Society, and the English-Speaking Union.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Heneage
Member of Parliament for Louth, Lincolnshire
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Archer