John Hobson (politician)

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Sir John Gardiner Sumner Hobson PC (1912 – 4 December 1967) was a British Conservative Party politician.


He was first elected to the House of Commons at a 1957 by-election in the Warwick and Leamington constituency, caused by the resignation due to ill-health of the Conservative MP and former Prime Minister, Anthony Eden. He held the seat at the next three general elections, before his death in office in 1967, at the age of 55.

He was Solicitor General for five months in 1962, before taking over as Attorney General until the Conservatives lost the 1964 general election. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1963.


In 1959 Hobson represented suspected serial-killer Dr John Bodkin Adams in his failed attempt to be reinstated as a doctor,[1] having been struck off in 1957 for forging prescriptions and making false claims on cremation forms. Though acquitted of murder in 1957, Adams is thought to have killed over 160 of his patients.[2]


  1. ^ Furneaux, Robert, Famous Criminal Cases VI, 1960 Pages 24-25
  2. ^ Cullen, Pamela V., A Stranger in Blood: The Case Files on Dr John Bodkin Adams, London, Elliott & Thompson, 2006, ISBN 1-904027-19-9 Page 593

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anthony Eden
Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington
Succeeded by
Dudley Smith
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jocelyn Simon
Solicitor General for England and Wales
February 1962–July 1962
Succeeded by
Peter Rawlinson
Preceded by
Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller
Attorney General for England and Wales
Succeeded by
Sir Elwyn Jones