Michael Astor

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The Hon. Michael Langhorne Astor (10 April 1916 — 28 February 1980) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Michael Astor was born on 10 April 1916. He was the fourth child of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor, and Nancy Witcher Langhorne, both Members of Parliament.

He was educated at Eton College. He gained the rank of Captain, serving in the Royal Artillery (Territorial Army).


He was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Surrey East in the 1945 General Election. He kept his seat in the 1950 election but did not stand in 1951.

He wrote Tribal Feeling, his memoirs, published in 1963, and Brand, a novel, published in 1968.

Personal life[edit]

He married three times:

  • Barbara McNeill (1942–1961), with whom he had four children.
  • Pandora Clifford (1961–1968). Annabel Jones, his stepdaughter from his second marriage, married his nephew, William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor.
  • Judith Innes (1970–1980), with whom he had a daughter, Polly in 1971. Polly has a daughter, Martha West, with Dominic West.

He was a friend of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series, and dined with him shortly before his death on 12 August 1964.


He died on 28 February 1980, aged 63.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Campbell Emmott
Member of Parliament for East Surrey
Succeeded by
Charles Doughty