John Beavan, Baron Ardwick

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John Cowburn Beavan, Baron Ardwick (29 April 1910 – 18 August 1994) was a British journalist.

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School.[1] Beavan was reporter of the Manchester Evening News, becoming its editor in 1943. Between 1946 and 1955, he was London editor of The Guardian.[2] For two years, 1960 to 1962, he was editor of the Daily Herald, then becoming political advisor to the Mirror Group, a post he retained until 1976.[3] He was a Labour Member of the European Parliament from 1975 to 1979.[2]

On 16 January 1970, he was created a life peer as Baron Ardwick, of Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.[4]

He married Gladys Jones in 1934 by whom he had two children.

By Anne Symonds, a BBC World Service journalist, he was also the father of Matthew Symonds.[5] Symonds' daughter Carrie is the fiancé of the incumbent Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, a Conservative.[6]


Coat of arms of John Beavan, Baron Ardwick
A Coronet of a Baron
A Cock criant standing upon a Hand Mirror proper the Frame and Handle Or
Or a Dragon passant between two Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper in chief and in base on a Pile reversed Gules an Owl Argen
On either side a Representation of an Angel holding in the superior hand a Shepherd's Crook proper
IN OMNIA PARATUS (Prepared in all things)


  1. ^ 2007 "Ardwick, Baron cr 1970 (Life Peer), of Barnes, (John Cowburn Beavan) (29 April 1910–18 Aug. 1994)." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 26 Jul. 2019
  2. ^ a b Terence Lancaster Obituary: Lord Ardwick, The Independent, 19 August 1994
  3. ^ Dennis Griffiths (ed) The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422–1992, London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p,97
  4. ^ "No. 45021". The London Gazette. 16 January 1970. p. 658.
  5. ^ 2018 "Symonds, Matthew John, (born 20 Dec. 1953), Executive Director, Lawrence Ellison Foundation, since 2018." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 26 Jul. 2019
  6. ^ ITV Report, Carrie Symonds: Who is Boris Johnson's partner? at dated 22 June 2019, accessed 24 June 2019
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Preceded by
Douglas Machray
Editor of the Daily Herald
Succeeded by
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