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Roger Nicholas Edwards, Baron Crickhowell, PC (born 25 February 1934) is a British Conservative Party politician and a former Secretary of State for Wales.

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Background

Educated at Westminster and Trinity College, Cambridge, Edwards joined Lloyd's of London, an insurance market, in 1965. In 1968 he was managing director of William Brandt's insurance brokers and a director of National & Grindleys Bank Ltd. He left insurance to take Desmond Donnelly's old seat of Pembroke and served as Secretary of State for Wales in Margaret Thatcher's first and second administration.

Lord Crickhowell currently sits in the House of Lords as a life peer. He has been associated with many British institutions, including the University of Wales, Cardiff (now Cardiff University), at which he served as president and became an honorary fellow. He received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Glamorgan.

Political career

At the 1970 general election, he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Pembrokeshire, which he represented until his retirement at the 1987 general election. From 1975 to 1979, he was Opposition Spokesman for Welsh Affairs (in other words, the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales). When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979, Edwards was appointed Secretary of State for Wales. So far, he remains the only Conservative Welsh Secretary elected in a Welsh constituency. He served in that position until 1987, when he was given a life peerage as Baron Crickhowell, of Pont Esgob in the Black Mountains and County of Powys.

National Rivers Authority

Lord Crickhowell was the sole chairman of the National Rivers Authority (NRA) from its inception in 1989 until its merger into the newly created Environment Agency in 1996. Although his was a direct political appointment from the Conservative party who were in power at the time of the establishment of the NRA, Lord Crickhowell showed a courageous commitment to the principles of the NRA and the legislation that it enforced speaking out strongly in favour of the natural environment and supporting strong enforcement action against major corporate polluters.

Welsh National Opera

During the 1990s Lord Crickhowell became a leading figure in the campaign for a permanent home for the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff. When the plans were rejected by the Government in 1995, he launched an angry and public attack on his former Conservative colleagues.

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Offices Held

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Desmond Donnelly
Member of Parliament for Pembroke
19701987
Succeeded by
Nicholas Bennett
Political offices
Preceded by
John Morris
Secretary of State for Wales
1979–1987
Succeeded by
Peter Walker
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