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Sir Geoffrey Hithersay Shakespeare, 1st Baronet PC (23 September 1893–8 September 1980) was a British Liberal Party politician.

Born in Norwich, the second son of Rev. J. H. Shakespeare, he was educated at Highgate School. He served in World War I. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he graduated with an MA and an LLB degree. He was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Lent Term 1920.

He was called to the Bar in 1922, was Private Secretary to David Lloyd George from 1921-1923, and worked as a political journalist.

He was National Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Wellingborough, Northamptonshire from 1922-1923 and Liberal Member for Norwich from 1929-1931 and Liberal National member from 1931-1945.

He served in government as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury and Liberal National Chief Whip from November 1931-October 1932, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health from 1932-1936, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education from 1936-1937, Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty from 1937-1940, Secretary for Overseas Trade from April to May 1940, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs from 1940 to 1942. He was also Chairman of the Children's Overseas Reception Board, 1940-1942.

He was a Director of Abbey National Building Society from 1943-1977, and was Deputy Chairman from 1965-1969. He was Chairman of the Standing Council of the Baronetage from 1972-1975.

He was created a baronet in 1942 and appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1945. He died in Bromley, Kent aged 86.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Robert Smith
Member of Parliament for Wellingborough
Succeeded by
William George Cove
Preceded by
Edward Young and
James Griffyth Fairfax
Member of Parliament for Norwich
With: Walter Robert Smith 1929–1931
George Albert Hartland 1931–1935
Henry Strauss 1935–1945
Succeeded by
Lucy Noel-Buxton and
John Paton
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Lakenham)
Succeeded by
William Geoffrey Shakespeare


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