Harry Greenway

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Harry Greenway (born 4 October 1934)[1] is a British Conservative politician and the former MP for Ealing North constituency.

Personal life and education[edit]

He was born on 4 October 1934, the son of John Kenneth Greenway and Violet Adelaide (née Bell).[2] He married in 1969, Carol Elizabeth Helena, elder daughter of the late Major John Robert Thomas Hooper, barrister at law and Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, and Dorinda Hooper (née de Courcy, Ireland).

He has two daughters, Elizabeth and Eveline, and one son, Mark. He was educated at Warwick School and the College of St Mark & St John, known as 'Marjon', originally based in Chelsea, London, and now in Plymouth, Devon, as the University of St Mark & St John. Greenway also attended the University of Caen, Normandy.

He is a supporter of Aston Villa FC.[3]

Career in education[edit]

During the 1960s he was a schoolteacher of English and sport, later becoming the Head House Master of Telford House at Sir William Collins Secondary School for boys, later mixed, and renamed South Camden Community School and later Regent High School in Charrington Street, Somers Town, London NW1 1RG, a large state comprehensive school of ca.1,200 boys at the time he worked there. He introduced several new sports to the school including Horse Riding and other equine activities, Winter Sports and Men's Hockey. He later became Deputy Headmaster of Sedgehill Secondary School a very large comprehensive school in south-east London with ca 2,200 pupils, between 1972 and 1979.

Career in politics[edit]

He contested Stepney at the Parliamentary election in 1970 and Stepney and Poplar in the two elections of February and October 1974. He was elected MP for Ealing North in the 1979 General Election.[4] He defeated the Labour candidate for Ealing North, Hilary Benn in both the subsequent 1983 and 1987 general elections.[5] Greenway finally lost the seat to Labour's Stephen Pound at the 1997 general election. Greenway was appointed an Honorary Freeman of the London Borough of Ealing on 19 February 2008.[6][7]

In 1992, Greenway, as a member of the Commons, was prosecuted for the common law offence of bribery of a person holding a public office. The case collapsed because of insufficient evidence of a related trial involving the Plasser railway machinery company.[8][9]

He was President of the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) for many years until 2002.

He is a former member of the council of the Open University and in 2001 received an Honorary Doctorate from the university.[10]


  1. ^ "BBC website of candidates for 1997 General Election". Archived from the original on 2004-03-29. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Candidates for 1997 General Election". Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  3. ^ Sunday Express, 4 April 1982, P16.
  4. ^ 'The Times Guide to the House of Commons' , Times Newspapers Limited, 1997 edition
  5. ^ "Hilary Benn website - section 'About Hilary'". Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ealing Borough Council Minutes, 19 February 2008". Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  7. ^ "House Magazine, 14 January 2008 "Politics with a Poker Face section: you can't keep a good man down"". Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  8. ^ "House of Commons Research Paper 02/92, p24 et seq" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  9. ^ The Independent, 15 December 1992, accessed 24 October 2014>
  10. ^ Times Higher Education (THE) 6 April 2001, accessed 2 August 2010
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Molloy
Member of Parliament for Ealing North
Succeeded by
Stephen Pound