Raymond Gower

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Sir Herbert Raymond Gower (15 August 1916 – 22 February 1989) was a British Conservative Party Member of Parliament for 38 years.

Early life[edit]

Born in Neath, Gower was educated at Neath, Cardiff High School and University College, Cardiff. He was a solicitor, company director and chairman of a provincial newspaper.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He first stood for Parliament in the 1950 General Election, contesting the safe Labour seat of Ogmore, where he was beaten by Walter Padley.

Gower represented Barry from 1951 to 1983, and Vale of Glamorgan from 1983 until he died in office in South Glamorgan in 1989. The consequent by-election was won by Labour's John Smith.

He was a governor of the National Museum of Wales and National Library of Wales.

He Received the Freedom of the Borough of the Vale of Glamorgan on 13 April 1977.[1]


He died in 1989, aged 72.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dorothy Rees
Member of Parliament for Barry
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Vale of Glamorgan
Succeeded by
John Smith