John Stradling Thomas
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|Sir John Stradling Thomas|
|Treasurer of the Household|
6 May 1979 – 17 February 1983
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Walter Harrison|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Berry|
|Born||10 June 1925|
|Died||29 March 1991(aged 65)|
|Alma mater||University of London|
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.
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."
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1966, 1987 & 1992
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Stradling Thomas
- Sir John Stradling Thomas at parliament.uk
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Monmouth
|Treasurer of the Household
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