Michael Alison

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Michael James Hugh Alison (27 June 1926 – 28 May 2004)[1] was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Born in Margate, Kent,[2] Alison was educated at Eton College, Wadham College, Oxford and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was a councillor on Kensington Borough Council 1956–59 and a research worker on foreign affairs at the Conservative Research Department 1958–64.

In 1958 he married Sylvia Haigh, with whom he would have two sons and a daughter.

He was Member of Parliament for Barkston Ash from the 1964 general election until that constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election,[1] and then for the constituency of Selby which replaced it, from 1983 until he stood down at the 1997 general election.[1] He held various junior ministerial posts under Margaret Thatcher, including serving as her Parliamentary Private Secretary and as a Minister of State. For ten years from 1987 he was the Second Church Estates Commissioner.

Michael Alison's son, James Alison, is a noted Christian theologian and advocate of the acceptance of homosexuals in the Church.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Leonard Ropner
Member of Parliament for Barkston Ash
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Selby
Succeeded by
John Grogan