|Northern Ireland Secretary|
Early Career Edit
Robert Grosvenor was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1917. After attending Eton, he studied at Cambridge. He was Mayor of his home town from 1945-50 and was elected MP when his term ended. In 1936, Robert married Elisabeth Katherine Hargraves. In the successive administrations of Churchill, Eden, MacMillan, and Douglas-Home, he served as Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Ireland (1951-64). He was Shadow Secretary for Northern Ireland from the assassination of Airey Neave in March 1979 thru May and the general elections, when he assumed the post for the same in the Ministry of Mrs. Thatcher. He was Northern Ireland Secretary between 1979 and 1981.
Conservative Leadership and Prime Minister Edit
When Margaret Thatcher resigned, Mr Grosvenor announced his intention to stand in the leadership contest. The campaign got off to a good start with many former Cabinet members supporting his bid. These included Robert Noble-Gordon, Michael Attwell, Milly Calvert and Roland Knightly, whilst Geoffrey Howe gave his endorsement via an interview with the Daily Telegraph. It emerged that his only rival for the position of Leader was Vincent Garton. When interviewed by the Daily Mail on what course his leadership would take, Grosvenor promised to continue a Thatcherite style of governance saying; "To change now would be to pay disservice to the sacrifices which have already been required of the British public. We must carry on, and I intend to see that we do". Soon after, the Daily Mail gave him their official endorsement.
After just one ballot, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee announced the results of the contest. Grosvenor was elected Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister with a staggering 274 votes, 80% of the overall votes cast. He entered Downing Street after kissing hands with Her Majesty The Queen. In his speech on the steps of Number 10, the new Prime Minister declared; "There can be no diminishing the task before us, but when it is accomplished, we will see the renewal of Britain, the prosperity of her economy, the competitiveness of her workforce, the excellence of her public services, and the peace and happiness of her people". With the words, "There is now work to be done", Robert George Grosvenor entered Downing Street.
Health Scare and resignation Edit
In June 1981, five months after taking office Grosvenor was rushed to hospital after a sudden illness much like Mrs Thatcher. Robert Noble-Gordon succeeded him
| Prime Minister of the United Kingdom |
Jan to July 1981
| Leader of the Conservative Party |
Jan to July 1981
Sir John Mellor
| Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield |