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Major Sir Hugh Charles Patrick Joseph Fraser MBE (23 January 1918 – 6 March 1984) was a British Conservative politician and first husband of the author Lady Antonia Fraser.

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Life and work

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Youth and military career

Fraser was a younger son of the 14th Lord Lovat and a prominent Roman Catholic.

He was educated at Ampleforth College, Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and at the Sorbonne. He was commissioned into the Lovat Scouts in 1936 and during World War II saw service in North Africa and Europe; he retired in the 1950s with the rank of Major.

Political career

Fraser was elected Member of Parliament for Stone in 1945, later Stafford and Stone following constituency boundary changes, from 1950 until 1983, and then Stafford again until his death. He served as an MP continuously from 1945 until 1984 but did not become Father of the House as he was sworn in as an MP on 15 August 1945 while James Callaghan had been sworn in on 2 August 1945 and so he, rather than Fraser, became Father following the 1983 election. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Oliver Lyttelton (1951-54), a junior minister in the War Office (1958-60) and Colonial Office (1960-62), and Secretary of State for Air (1962-64). He was an unsuccessful candidate in the Conservative Party's 1975 leadership election, gaining 16 votes in the first round challenging incumbent Edward Heath.

Private life

Fraser married the future author Lady Antonia Pakenham, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Longford, on 25 September 1956. They had six children, Benjamin Fraser, Damian Fraser, Orlando Fraser, Rebecca Fraser, Flora Fraser and Natasha Fraser, but were divorced in 1977.

Sir Hugh and Lady Antonia, together with Caroline Kennedy who was visiting at the time, were intended targets of an IRA car bomb on 23 October 1975. The bomb had been fitted to one of the Fraser's cars outside their house at Campden Hill Square, London, SW8. The well-respected cancer researcher Prof. Gordon Hamilton-Fairley was walking past the car when he noticed something attached to its underside. Leaning against the car triggered an anti-tamper device, the car exploded prematurely, killing Hamilton-Fairley immediately. The Frasers, their nanny (who was just arriving for work) and 6 others escaped with shock and minor cuts.

Sir Hugh Fraser died from lung cancer in March 1984, aged 66.

References

  • The Times House of Commons 1945. The Times. 1945.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. The Times. 1950.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Lamb
Member of Parliament for Stone
1945 – 1950
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Stafford and Stone
1950 – 1983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Stafford
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
Bill Cash
Political offices
Preceded by
Julian Amery
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
1960 – 1962
Succeeded by
Nigel Fisher

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