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The Right Honourable
 Sir Marcus Fox MBE

Member of Parliament
for Shipley
In office
18 June 1970 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Geoffrey Hirst
Succeeded by Christopher Leslie

Born June 11, 1927(1927-06-11)
Died March 16, 2002 (aged 74)
Nationality British
Political party Conservatives
Spouse(s) Ann Tindall

Sir John Marcus Fox MBE (11 June 1927 – 16 March 2002) was a British politician. He served as Conservative Member of Parliament for Shipley from 1970 to 1997.


Early life

He had a twin sister. He attended Wheelwright Grammar School for Boys (now a campus of Kirklees College) on Birkdale Road in Dewsbury. After serving in the Green Howards (Duke of Wellington's Regiment) as a Lieutenant, a fact which he was sometimes known to mention in after-dinner speeches, Fox was elected to Dewsbury Council in 1956, staying until 1963. He became a bank clerk, then sales manager for Woolworths and Terry's in York, and then a company director.

Parliamentary career

He contested Dewsbury in 1959 and Huddersfield West in 1966, then was elected in 1970. During his time in Parliament, he served as a whip under Edward Heath, and then was a junior minister under Margaret Thatcher. He was moved back to the back-benches in 1981, and started ascending the pole to become chairman of the 1922 committee - becoming vice-chairman in 1983 and chairman in 1994. He received an MBE in 1963, was knighted in 1986, and became a member of the Privy Council in 1996.

Sir Marcus lost his seat in the general election in 1997 to Christopher Leslie.

Personal life

He married Ann Tindall in 1954. They had a Son and a Daughter.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Geoffrey Hirst
Member of Parliament for Shipley
Succeeded by
Christopher Leslie
Political offices
Preceded by
Cranley Onslow
Chairman of the 1922 Committee
Succeeded by
Archie Hamilton


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