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Geoffrey Johnson Smith DL


Member of Parliament
for Wealden
East Grinstead (1965-1983)
In office
4 February 1965 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Evelyn Emmet
Succeeded by Charles Hendry

Member of Parliament
for Holborn and St Pancras South
In office
8 October 1959 – 15 October 1964
Preceded by Lena Jeger
Succeeded by Lena Jeger

Born 16 April 1924 (1924-04-16) (age 85)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford

Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith DL (born 16 April 1924) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. He was a Member of Parliament from 1959 to 2001, with only a brief interruption in the 1960s.

He was educated at Charterhouse and Lincoln College, Oxford, before being elected to the London County Council in 1955.[1].

He had previously beeb a presenter of the BBC political programme Tonight in the late 1950s

At the 1959 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Holborn and St Pancras South, a previously Labour-held marginal seat. He was defeated at the 1964 general election, but returned to the House of Commons the following year at a by-election in the safe Conservative seat of East Grinstead. When that constituency was abolished for the 1983 election, he was returned for the new Wealden constituency, and held that seat until he retired at the 2001 general election.

Johnson Smith served as Under-Secretary of State for the Army during Edward Heath's 1970-74 government, and testified at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

References

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lena Jeger
Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras South
19591964
Succeeded by
Lena Jeger
Preceded by
Evelyn Emmet
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
1965 – 1983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wealden
19832001
Succeeded by
Charles Hendry
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