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Dr Edmund Ian Marshall (born 31 May 1940 in Manchester) is a British politician and Churchman.


Early life

Marshall was educated at Humberstone Foundation School (also known as Clee Grammar School for Boys and became the comprehensive Matthew Humberstone School in September 1973) on Clee Road in Old Clee, Cleethorpes and Magdalen College, Oxford,where he took double first class honours in mathematics and was awarded a University Junior Mathematical Prize in 1961. He gained a PhD from the University of Liverpool in 1965. He became a mathematics university lecturer and a Methodist local preacher. He served as Vice-president of the Methodist Conference in 1992.

Parliamentary career

Marshall was a Liberal Party councillor on Wallasey Borough Council 1963-65 and parliamentary candidate for Louth in 1964 and 1966, but joined the Labour Party in 1967.

In a 1971 by-election, Marshall was elected Member of Parliament for Goole. From 1976-9, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, and as Chair of the Select Committee on Trade and Industry. He left Parliament in 1983, when the Goole constituency was abolished in boundary changes. In 1985 Marshall transferred to the Social Democratic Party and subsequently became a member of the Liberal Democrats. He advises the Church of England Bishop of Wakefield on ecumenical matters, and since 2000 has been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.

Marshall is the author of two published books: Parliament and the Public (Macmillan 1982) and Business and Society (Routledge 1993).

From 1984-2000, he was a lecturer in Management Science at the University of Bradford School of Management.

Personal life

In 1969 he married Margaret Pamela Antill in Enfield. They have a daughter (born 1975).


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Jeger
Member of Parliament for Goole
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)


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