William Yates (politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
13 December 1975 – 18 October 1980
|Preceded by||Max Oldmeadow|
|Succeeded by||Michael Duffy|
|Member of the United Kingdom Parliament|
for The Wrekin
|Preceded by||Ivor Owen Thomas|
|Succeeded by||Gerry Fowler|
|Born||15 September 1921|
|Died||18 April 2010 (aged 88)|
|Political party||Conservative Party (UK)|
Liberal Party of Australia
William Yates (15 September 1921 – 18 April 2010) was a British Conservative politician and later an Australian Liberal politician. He was one of several to have served in both the UK and Australian parliaments.
He entered the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) early in 1942 during the Second World War, and served through the war in North Africa and Italy, gaining rank of Captain in 1946. He lost a leg at the knee at the First Battle of El Alamein and became one of the first soldiers given penicillin. He postwar served with the Territorial Army attached to the Warwickshire Yeomanry in 1950, and in the Shropshire Yeomanry from 1956 to 1967.
Diplomatic and political career
During the 1956 Suez Crisis Yates emerged as one of the government's staunchest critics. On 1 November 1956, Yates interrupted on a point of order and said, "I have come to the conclusion that Her Majesty's Government has been involved in an international conspiracy". Later that day, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union at the United Nations joined forces and demanded a cease-fire as the secret alliance between Britain, France and Israel known as the Protocol of Sèvres was revealed. Ultimately the exposure led to the downfall of the Prime Minister Anthony Eden.
Yates was defeated by the Labour Party in the 1966 General Election. The following year he left the Conservative Party after his constituency party terminated his candidacy due to comments he made about the Arab-Israeli War.
A senior partner in World Wide Industrial Consultants, Yates moved to Australia in late 1967. From 1969 to 1975 he was a senior schoolmaster at Brighton Grammar School, Melbourne teaching french & history (often attending classes as the only master wearing a bow-tie). At the 1975 election he was elected as a Liberal Member of the House of Representatives, representing the Victorian seat of Holt. He was defeated at the 1980 election by the Australian Labor Party candidate. In 1981 he worked in an administrative position in the finance industry.
Yates married firstly, on 14 September 1946, the Honourable Rosemary Elton, the daughter of historian Godfrey Elton, 1st Baron Elton, and had with her one son, William (born 7 October 1951) and two daughters, Elisabeth (born 30 June 1948) and Angela (born 7 April 1950). The couple divorced in 1955. Rosemary married secondly, on 10 December 1955, to David Charles Attlee, the son of Wilfrid Henry Walter Attlee, of Milford on Sea, Hampshire, by whom she had a son and daughter. Her husband was a second cousin of the former Prime Minister Clement Attlee.
He died in 2010, aged 88.
- "Bill Yates, beekeeper who brought down a Prime Minister, dies". news.com.au. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
- Who's Who, 1971. A and C Black. p. 3492.
- Tim Fischer (28–29 October 2006). "Fall of Eden and the Suez cabal". The Adelaide Institute, originally published in The Weekend Australian. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
- "William Yates". The Telegraph. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
- Burke's Peerage, 1967. Burke's Peerage Ltd. p. 879.
- Burke's Peerage, 1967. p. 128.
- Kelly's Handbook, 1977. Kelly's Directories. p. 1645. ISBN 0610-00493-X.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Yates
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Ivor Owen Thomas
| Member of Parliament for The Wrekin
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Holt