|Giles Edward Moore|
|Member of Parliament|
|Born||13th of November 1916|
|Constituency||Norfolk South West|
|Religion||Church of England (nominal)|
|Spouse||Elisabeth Moore (nee FitzRichard)|
The Hon. Dr. Giles Edward Moore MP is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Norfolk South West since 1964. He was Opposition Whip from 1968 to 1970, Minister for the Arts in the Heath Cabinet from 1972 to 1974, and is currently Shadow Secretary for Health and Social Security.
Early Life Edit
He was born on November 13th 1916, in the Norfolk town of Dereham, as the second son of Joseph Emmanuel Moore, 6th Earl of Breckland. The family owned land in the area since the early 17th century, but by the 20th century had lost most of its holdings and wealth. He was educated at the Norwich School until 1934, and moved on to Cambridge, where he read English Language and Literature, obtaining a BA and an MPhil by 1939. In October he was conscripted and served the following six years as an RAF airman. During the Battle of Britain he was shot down four times.
After the war he left service and returned to Cambridge, obtaining a PhD in English in 1948. In 1945 he joined the Conservative Party. From 1948 until his election to Parliament in 1964 he wrote literary and drama reviews for the Eastern Daily Press and the Dereham Times. He also published two books, "Restoration Comedy" (an expanded version of his doctoral dissertation) and "Unpopular Culture", which met with moderate success.
Parliamentary Career Edit
After winning his seat in the 1964 general election, Moore spent the following four years as a backbencher, garnering some notice for his oratory talents. His voting record showed him to be a thoroughly One Nation conservative, an economic and social moderate.
In 1968 he was named Chief Whip in Heath's shadow government, but returned to the backbenches after the 1970 elections. In 1972 he was made Minister for the Arts, working under Education Secretary Roland Knightly. He remained in the position until Heath's 1974 electoral defeat.
He was one of the MPs who abstained from voting in the final round of the Conservative leadership elections, having previously backed Heath.
His interests are history, political philosophy, classical music, literature, and golf. He has been a member of the Bow Group since 1959, a member of the Dereham Golf Club since 1960, and a member of the Dereham & District Conservative Club since 1949.
He married Elisabeth FitzRichard in 1949, and is the father of three children: Charles, Edward, and Julia. His brother, Jonathan Moore (b. 1910), is the 7th Earl of Breckland.
Division Record Edit
Voted for Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965
Voted for Abortion Act 1967
Voted for Sexual Offences Act 1967
Voted for Race Relations Act 1968
Voted for Theatres Act 1968
Voted against Transport Act 1969
Voted against Decimal Currency Act 1969
Voted for Divorce (Reform) Act 1969
Voted for Representation of the People Act 1969
Voted for Equal Pay Act 1970
Voted for European Communities Act 1972
Offices held Edit
Albert Hilton (Lab)
| Member of Parliament for Norfolk South West |
1964 - present
| Chief Opposition Whip |
1968 - 1970
David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles
| Minister for the Arts |
1972 - 1974
| Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Security |