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Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone

Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone was the final title of Quintin McGarel Hogg (October 9, 1907 - October 12, 2001), a British Conservative politician. He was born in London in 1907, son of Douglas Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham[?], and died in 2001.

Educated in the traditional way, at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, and embarked on an academic career, becoming a Fellow of All Souls in 1931. He had trained in law, and was called to the bar in 1932. From there it was a short step into politics, and he followed his father's example, becoming MP for Oxford in 1938 and holding the constituency until 1950. At this point, his father died, and he was obliged to give up the House of Commons to become 2nd Viscount Hailsham. He continued as a leader of the Conservative party, becoming First Lord of the Admiralty in 1956, and held a number of ministerial posts in the years prior to the crisis of 1963 which forced the then prime minister, Harold Macmillan, to resign.

In November, 1963, Hogg took advantage of recent changes in the law to renounce his peerage, and became once more an MP, this time for St Marylebone, a London constituency. Having failed to win the leadership of the party, which eventually went to Edward Heath, he continued in ministerial office until 1970, when he was created a life peer and became Lord Chancellor in Heath's government. He held the same post from 1979 to 1987 under Margaret Thatcher. Although Hailsham's ability was great, he was an old-school Tory whose bumbling upper-class style did not appeal to the public.

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