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Sir Robert Arthur McCrindle, (19 September 1929 – 8 October 1998), known as Robert McCrindle, was a Conservative politician. He was Member of Parliament for Billericay from 1970-74 and Brentwood and Ongar from 1974-92 (following boundary changes).

Born in Glasgow, McCrindle was educated at Allan Glen's College. In 1953 he married Myra Anderson with whom he had two sons.

Electoral history

McCrindle first contested Dundee East in the 1959 general election. He moved from Scotland to Essex in 1964 and was elected for Billericay in 1970, serving until it was merged into the Basildon constituency in February 1974. He was the returned for the new Brentwood and Ongar constituency, which re-elected him until his retirement at the 1992 general election, when he was succeeded by Eric Pickles.

Parliamentary career

McCrindle was pro-European and to the left of centre on social policy issues. He was a regular rebel on such issues as the uprating of child benefit and NHS charges. Despite this he was a loyal Tory, and Margaret Thatcher arranged for him to be knighted in 1990, after her downfall. For seven days he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mark Carlisle, a Home Office minister in the last days of the Heath government of 1974, but otherwise spent his career as a back-bencher.

McCrindle was an insurance broker, he was an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a parliamentary consultant to the insurance industry, and had a keen interest in pensions reform. He held a wide range of business interests, including a directorship of the Hogg Robinson travel agency. He also held a number of travel-related consultancies including the British Caledonian and Trust House Forte, and was parliamentary adviser to the British Transport Police Federation.

As the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Aviation Committee from 1980-92, McCrindle was involved in the aftermath of the Lockerbie disaster appearing on radio and television explaining what he believed should be done to improve the security of airlines after the bombing.

He was also the first chairman of All Parliamentary Group on Insurance and Financial Sevices and a public affairs consultant to the Federation of Tour Operators from 1994-98


In his retirement, McCrindle produced a magazine, Interface, on politics for small businesses and continued to be a regular contributor as the City correspondent for Westminster's The House Magazine until the week before his death.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Eric Moonman
Member of Parliament for Billericay
1970February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar
February 19741992
Succeeded by
Eric Pickles


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