Harwood Harrison

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Sir Harwood Harrison
Bt
Member of Parliament
for Eye (1951–1979)
In office
25 October 1951 – 2 May 1979
Preceded by Edgar Granville
Succeeded by John Gummer
Personal details
Born 6 June 1907
Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, England
Died 11 September 1980 (1980-09-12) (aged 73)
Ipswich, Suffolk
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Peggy Stenhouse
Alma mater Northampton Grammar School
Trinity College, Oxford

Sir James Harwood Harrison, 1st Baronet (6 June 1907 – 11 September 1980) was a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Eye in Suffolk from 1951 to 1979, having first contested it in 1950.

Harrison was the eldest son of the Rev'd E W Harrison and E E Tribe of Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire where his family had owned land since the eighteenth century. The family home, Bugbrooke Hall, is now owned by the Jesus Army. He was educated at Northampton Grammar School and Trinity College, Oxford and worked as a company director for a feeding-stuffs manufacturer. He served as an Ipswich Borough Councillor from 1935–1946 and served during World War II with The Suffolk Regiment, commanding the 4th Battalion. He was taken prisoner in Singapore and spent time on the Burma Railway.

Harrison won Eye at the 1951 general election, defeating Edgar Granville. He was Harold Macmillan's Parliamentary Private Secretary when Macmillan was Housing Secretary. He served as a Government Whip as a Lord of the Treasury from 8 April 1956 to 16 January 1959, and Comptroller of the Household between 1959 and 1961. He subsequently chaired backbench Conservative committees. He was created a Baronet on 6 July 1961.

On his retirement as MP for Eye at the 1979 general election, the seat was contested by another Conservative, John Gummer, elected with a majority of 27%. The seat was abolished at 1983 general election and was divided up into the three new seats: Suffolk Coastal, Central Suffolk and Waveney, all of which returned Conservative candidates. Gummer was elected Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal, Michael Lord for Central Suffolk and James Prior for Waveney.

He married Peggy Stenhouse, daughter of Lt Col V D Stenhouse in 1932 and had two children, Sir Michael James Harwood Harrison, 2nd Baronet and Joanna Kathleen Sanders.

He is buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's, Hasketon, Suffolk.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edgar Granville
Member of Parliament for Eye
19511979
Succeeded by
John Gummer
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Wakefield
Comptroller of the Household
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Robin Chichester-Clark
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Bugbrooke)
1961–1980
Succeeded by
Michael James Harwood Harrison