Robin Turton, Baron Tranmire
|Father of the House of Commons|
19 February 1965 - 28 February 1974
|Member of Parliament for |
Thirsk and Malton
30 May 1929 - 28 February 1974
Robert Hugh Turton
8 August 1903
Kildale, North Yorkshire,
|Died||17 January 1994(aged 90)|
|Alma mater||Eton College, |
Balliol College, Oxford
Robert Hugh Turton, Baron Tranmire, (8 August 1903 - 17 January 1994) was a British Conservative Party politician.
Turton joined the 4th Battalion of the Green Howards at the outbreak of World War II and served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General 50th (N) Division, AAG GHQ MEF. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1942.
At the 1929 general election, Turton was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Thirsk and Malton, a seat which he held continuously until his retirement from the House of Commons at the February 1974 general election. Turton was Father of the House from 1965 to 1974. He attributed his election as an MP at the unusually young age of 25 to the death of his predecessor and kinsman Sir Edmund Turton, 1st Baronet three weeks before polling day and the local Conservative association not wanting to waste its "Vote For Turton" posters.
Turton held ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Insurance from 1951 to 1953, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance from 1953 to 1954, and as Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from October 1954 to December 1955. From December 1955 to January 1957 Turton served in Sir Anthony Eden's Ministry as Minister of Health, a post then outside of the Cabinet but of Cabinet rank, and was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1955.
Turton was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1971 Birthday Honours and on 9 May 1974, he was created a Life Peer as Baron Tranmire, of Upsall in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Edmund Turton, Bt.
| Member of Parliament for Thirsk & Malton
1929 - Feb. 1974
| Father of the House
1965 - 1974
| Minister of Health
1955 - 1957