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Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, Baron Colnbrook KCMG PC (12 August 1922 – 4 October 1996) was a British Conservative politician.

Atkins was born in the Amersham district of Buckinghamshire[1] and was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and served in the Royal Navy 1940–48. He worked for a linoleum manufacturer then as a director of a financial advertising agency.

Atkins contested West Lothian in 1951 and was elected as Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden in 1955. He became MP for Spelthorne in 1970. He served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1979–1981. He was appointed in September 1981 as Lord Privy Seal in which he was the chief government spokesman in the House of Commons for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The role was necessary because the Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, sat in the House of Lords. He resigned in April 1982 along with Lord Carrington over the Falklands invasion.

He left the House of Commons in 1987, and was made a life peer as Baron Colnbrook, of Waltham St Lawrence in the County of Berkshire. He died in 1996.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Ryder
Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden
Succeeded by
Janet Fookes
Preceded by
Sir Beresford Craddock
Member of Parliament for Spelthorne
Succeeded by
David Wilshire
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Morris
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Bernard Weatherill
Preceded by
Francis Pym
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Bob Mellish
Preceded by
Roy Mason
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
James Prior
Preceded by
Sir Ian Gilmour
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
The Baroness Young



  1. ^ General Register Office index of births in July, August, September, 1922 - Name: Atkins, Humphrey E. G. District: Amersham Volume: 3A Page: 1571.

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