Robin Turton, Baron Tranmire
Turton joined the 4th Battalion of the Green Howards at the outbreak of World War II and served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General 50th (N) Division, AAG GHQ MEF. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1942.
At the 1929 general election, Turton was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Thirsk and Malton, a seat which he held continuously until his retirement from the House of Commons at the February 1974 general election. Turton was Father of the House from 1965 to 1974. He attributed his election as an MP at the unusually young age of 25 to the death of his predecessor and kinsman Sir Edmund Turton, 1st Baronet three weeks before polling day and the local Conservative association not wanting to waste its "Vote For Turton" posters.
Turton held ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Insurance from 1951 to 1953, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance from 1953 to 1954, and as Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from October 1954 to December 1955. From December 1955 to January 1957 Turton served in Sir Anthony Eden's Ministry as Minister of Health, a post then outside of the Cabinet but of Cabinet rank, and was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1955.
Turton was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1971 Birthday Honours and on 9 May 1974, he was created a Life Peer as Baron Tranmire, of Upsall in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
- The London Gazette: . 24 September 1942.
- Guinness Book of Records
- David Butler and Uwe Kitzinger, The 1975 Referendum (London: Macmillan, 1976), p. 11, p. 100.
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 1971.
- The London Gazette: . 14 May 1974.
- "Life Peerages - T". Cracroft's Peerage: The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage. Heraldic Media Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robin Turton
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Edmund Turton, Bt.
|Member of Parliament for Thirsk & Malton
1929 – Feb. 1974
|Father of the House
1965 – 1974
|Minister of Health
1955 – 1957