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John Ward (Conservative politician)

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John Ward
Member of Parliament
for Poole
In office
3 May 1979 – 8 April 1997
Preceded byOscar Murton
Succeeded byRobert Syms
Personal details
Born8 March 1925
Died26 June 2010 (aged 85)
Political partyConservative

Sir John Devereux Ward CBE (8 March 1925 – 26 June 2010)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Trained as a civil and a structural engineer, he rose to become managing director of the construction firm Taylor Woodrow.

Parliamentary career[edit]

After being beaten at Portsmouth North in October 1974, Ward served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Poole from 1979, until his retirement in 1997. He was succeeded by Robert Syms.[2]

After the 1988 BDH fire and explosion in Poole, he called on the government to set up a public inquiry into the incident.[3]

From 1994 until the 1997 General Election, Ward was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, John Major. As such, he did not contribute in any debates during the last three years of his parliamentary career. Following Major's resignation as Prime Minister in May 1997, Ward was knighted in the 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours.


Ward died suddenly on 26 June 2010 at the age of 85.[4]


  1. ^ "Ward, Sir John (Devereux), (8 March 1925–26 June 2010)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u38849. ISBN 978-0-19-954089-1. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
  3. ^ "BDH Chemicals Ltd. (Hansard, 15 July 1988)". api.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  4. ^ "WARD - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". The Daily Telegraph. 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011.

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Poole
Succeeded by