Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham

(1907—2001) lawyer and politician

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Conservative politician and lawyer. Hogg entered Parliament at the Oxford by‐election of 1938, a supporter of appeasement. He turned against Chamberlain before the latter's fall in 1940. Elevated to the Lords in 1950 on his father's death, he anticipated a career as a barrister. But Hailsham was recalled to government by Eden and enjoyed high office under Macmillan, including a successful period as party chairman. He renounced his peerage in 1963 to contest—unsuccessfully—the party leadership, returning to the Commons. He anticipated becoming home secretary under Heath in 1970 but, ennobled with a life peerage, served instead as lord chancellor. Hailsham showed his adaptability by retaining frontbench status under Margaret Thatcher, becoming lord chancellor again in 1979.

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