David Myles (politician)

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David Fairlie Myles CBE (30 May 1925 – 16 December 2018) was a Scottish Conservative Party politician and public servant.[1]

Biography[edit]

Myles was elected Member of Parliament for Banffshire in 1979, gaining the seat from the Scottish National Party incumbent Hamish Watt by less than 800 votes. He was a member of the select committees on agriculture and European affairs.[2] In 1983, the constituency was abolished by boundary changes and Myles stood unsuccessfully in the Liberal Party stronghold of Orkney and Shetland.

In 1984 Myles was elected to Angus District Council and was leader of the Conservative group. He was an active member of a number of quangos linked to agricultural and rural issues. These included: Angus Tourist Board (1984–92); the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (1985–88); the Potato Marketing Board (1988–97). He also chaired the Dairy Produce Quota Tribunal for Scotland (1984–97).[3][4] Myles served on the Guildry of Brechin, a former Royal burgh, and was a past Lord President of the Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland (1995-6).[5][6]

Myles parents were Robert C Myles and Mary Anne Fairlie. He attended Brechin High School and served in the Royal Marines.[7] After the end of World War II, he returned to work with his father at Dalbog farm, Edzell, taking over the hill farm's tenancy in 1958.[8]

Myles married Janet Gall in 1951.[9] They had four children, one of whom, Robert, is an Independent councillor for Brechin and Edzell [10] and former leader of the administration.[11]

David Myles was appointed CBE in the 1988 Birthday Honours for political and public service.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MYLES - Deaths - Dundee Courier Announcements - Dundee Courier". dct.myfamilyannouncements.co.uk. The Courier, DC Thomson, Dundee. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (28 December 2018). "David Myles, hill farmer who as Thatcher-supporting MP for Banff championed agriculture and rural life – obituary". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Obituary: David Myles, farmer and Scottish Conservative MP". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ Millar, Jim (26 December 2018). "OBITUARY: WW2 veteran, former MP and Angus community stalwart David Myles". The Courier. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (28 December 2018). "David Myles, hill farmer who as Thatcher-supporting MP for Banff championed agriculture and rural life – obituary". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Past Lord Presidents | Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland". www.deansofguildscotland.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Obituary: David Myles, farmer and Scottish Conservative MP". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  8. ^ Millar, Jim (26 December 2018). "OBITUARY: WW2 veteran, former MP and Angus community stalwart David Myles". The Courier. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Brechin Advertiser". www.brechinadvertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Angus Council Councillors". Angus Council. 20 December 2018.
  11. ^ Millar, Jim (26 April 2018). "Council crisis sees leader felled". The Courier. DC Thomson, Dundee. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  12. ^ "The Gazette: Birthday honours lists 1988". www.thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hamish Watt
Member of Parliament for Banffshire
19791983
Constituency abolished