John Stradling Thomas

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Sir John Stradling Thomas
Treasurer of the Household
In office
6 May 1979 – 17 February 1983
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Walter Harrison
Succeeded by Anthony Berry
Personal details
Born (1925-06-10)10 June 1925
Died 29 March 1991(1991-03-29) (aged 65)
Nationality Welsh
Political party Conservative
Residence Dolphin Square
Education Rugby School
Alma mater University of London
Occupation

Sir John Stradling Thomas (10 June 1925 – 29 March 1991) was a Welsh Conservative Party politician. He was also a farmer, company director and broadcaster.

Biography[edit]

Thomas was educated at Rugby School and the University of London. He served as a councillor on Carmarthen Borough Council between 1961 and 1964.

Thomas contested the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon in 1964 and Cardiganshire in 1966. He was Member of Parliament for Monmouth from 1970 until he died in office in 1991. He held various ministerial posts during the Heath and Thatcher administrations, including government Whip, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Treasurer of HM Household and in the Welsh Office.

In his final years he lived at Dolphin Square in Pimlico, London.

Leslie Spriggs[edit]

A heart attack suffered by Labour politician Leslie Spriggs in 1974 became the subject of an anecdote by MP Joe Ashton, illustrating the sometimes extreme lengths party whips would go to in cases of Division:

"I remember the famous case of Leslie Spriggs, the then-Member for St. Helens. We had a tied vote and he was brought to the House in an ambulance having suffered a severe heart attack. The two Whips went out to look in the ambulance and there was Leslie Spriggs laid there as though he was dead. I believe that John Stradling Thomas said to Joe Harper, 'How do we know that he is alive?' So he leaned forward, turned the knob on the heart machine, the green light went around, and he said, 'There, you've lost--it's 311.' That is an absolutely true story. It is the sort of nonsense that used to happen. No one believes it, but it is true."[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Donald Anderson
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
19701991
Succeeded by
Huw Edwards
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Harrison
Treasurer of the Household
1979–1983
Succeeded by
Anthony Berry