Giles Shaw

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sir Giles Shaw
Member of Parliament
for Pudsey
In office
28 February 1974 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byJoseph Hiley
Succeeded byPaul Truswell
Personal details
Born(1931-11-16)16 November 1931
Died12 April 2000(2000-04-12) (aged 68)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Dione Ellison
ChildrenHenrietta, Victoria, Christopher
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
OccupationMember of parliament

Sir John Giles Dunkerley Shaw (16 November 1931 – 12 April 2000), known as Giles Shaw, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Shaw was born in York, the son of an engineer. He was educated at Sedbergh School and St. John's College, Cambridge, joining the Conservative association and becoming President of the Cambridge Union for the Michaelmas term, 1954.

On returning to York, he became an executive of the confectionery firm Rowntree Mackintosh, rising to advertising manager, then marketing director. He was an advertising manager and chairman of the Conservative Divisional Executive.

Shaw contested Kingston upon Hull West at the 1966 general election. He was subsequently the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pudsey from 1974 until he retired at the 1997 general election.

He held a number of ministerial posts during the Thatcher administration: Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office (1979–1981); Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Environment (1981–1983); Parliamentary Under- Secretary, Department of Energy (1983–1984); Minister of State, Home Office (1984–1986); Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (1986–1987) [1]

Shaw was knighted in 1987 in recognition of his service as a Member of Parliament.[2][3]

Sir Giles was also elected treasurer of the 1922 Committee in 1988, the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen and later became Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. He was Chairman of Governors at Sedbergh School from 1992 to 1997.[4]

Shaw was also appointed director of both British Steel plc and Yorkshire Water in 1990, and became the 2nd Chairman of Broadcasters' Audience Research Board Ltd (BARB) in 1997.[5]

Sir Giles was probably the most popular man of his time in the Commons. This might have been put beyond question in 1992, when many on all sides wanted him as speaker, but the Tory cabinet insisted on backing his senior, Peter Brooke. Consequently, 74 Tory MPs, led by John Biffen, voted for Betty Boothroyd as the first woman speaker.[6]

Shaw died of a stroke aged 68 and is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dione, and their son and two daughters.[7]


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^
  7. ^

External links[edit]