Peter Thorneycroft


The Lord Thorneycroft

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Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
13 January 1957 – 6 January 1958
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byHarold Macmillan
Succeeded byDerick Heathcoat-Amory
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
11 February 1975 – 14 September 1981
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byWilliam Whitelaw
Succeeded byCecil Parkinson
Secretary of State for Defence
In office
13 July 1962 – 16 October 1964
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded byHarold Watkinson
Succeeded byDenis Healey
Minister of Aviation
In office
27 July 1960 – 13 July 1962
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byDuncan Sandys
Succeeded byJulian Amery
President of the Board of Trade
In office
30 October 1951 – 13 January 1957
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Preceded byHartley Shawcross
Succeeded byDavid Eccles
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
4 December 1967 – 4 June 1994
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Monmouth
In office
30 October 1945 – 31 March 1966
Preceded byLeslie Pym
Succeeded byDonald Anderson
Member of Parliament
for Stafford
In office
9 June 1938 – 5 July 1945
Preceded byWilliam Ormsby-Gore
Succeeded byStephen Swingler
Shadow Cabinet positions
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
4 August 1965 – 13 April 1966
LeaderEdward Heath
ShadowingFrank Soskice
Roy Jenkins
Preceded byEdward Boyle
Succeeded byQuintin Hogg
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
16 October 1964 – 4 August 1965
LeaderAlec Douglas-Home
ShadowingDenis Healey
Preceded byDenis Healey
Succeeded byEnoch Powell
Personal details
Born(1909-07-26)26 July 1909
Dunston, United Kingdom
Died4 June 1994(1994-06-04) (aged 84)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Alma materRoyal Military Academy, Woolwich
City Law School

George Edward Peter Thorneycroft, Baron Thorneycroft, CH, PC (26 July 1909 – 4 June 1994) was a British Conservative Party politician. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1957 and 1958.

Early life

Born in Dunston, Staffordshire, Thorneycroft was educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery as a second lieutenant on 29 August 1929 but resigned his commission on 1 July 1931.[1][2] In 1933, he was called to the bar for the Inner Temple.