Luard, Evan - from United Kingdom

ID: 273470
Organization: TTC
Country of meeting: in the year 1975

Was a British Labour, SDP politician, and a renown international relations scholar. Luard was educated at King's College School, Cambridge, Felsted School and King's College, Cambridge where he gained a First in Modern Languages. In 1950, Luard joined the Foreign Service and after learning Chinese he was stationed in Peking from 1952 to 1954. In 1956 he resigned from the diplomatic service in protest at Britain's involvement in the Suez Crisis.

He became a research fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford in 1957 where he was able to research Chinese relations with Britain. He was a Labour councillor on Oxford City Council 1958–61.

Having first contested the seat in 1964, Luard was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford in 1966. He served as the Labour Party MP for Oxford from 1966 to 1970 and again from October 1974 to 1979. He was the only Labour member ever to represent the constituency in its original form. He served as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign Office from 1969 till 1970 and again from 1976 until Labour left power in 1979.

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