Giles Edward Moore
Member of Parliament
Born 13th of November 1916
Constituency Norfolk South West
Political Party Conservative
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.

Interests Edit

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.

Family Edit

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

Preceded by:
Albert Hilton (Lab)
Member of Parliament for Norfolk South West
1964 - present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Chief Opposition Whip
1968 - 1970
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles
Minister for the Arts
1972 - 1974
Succeeded by:
Simon Atterbury
Preceded by:
Basil Forbes
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Security
Succeeded by:
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