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Enoch Powell

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Minister of Health
In office
27 July 1960 – 18 October 1963
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Derek Walker-Smith
Succeeded by Anthony Barber
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Henry Brooke
Succeeded by Jack Simon
Shadow Defence Secretary
In office
July 1965 – 21 April 1968
Leader Edward Heath
Preceded by Peter Thorneycroft
Succeeded by Reginald Maudling
Member of Parliament
for South Down
In office
10 October 1974 – 11 June 1987
Preceded by Lawrence Orr
Succeeded by Eddie McGrady
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton South West
In office
23 February 1950 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Nicholas Budgen
Personal details
John Enoch Powell

(1912-06-16)June 16, 1912
Birmingham, England
Died February 8, 1998(1998-02-08) (aged 85)
London, England
Nationality British (but registered as an Australian (then under common citizenship) when he joined the Army)
Political party Conservative (1950–74)
Ulster Unionist (1974–87)
Spouse(s) Pamela Wilson (m. 1952–98, his death)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Member of Parliament 1950–87
Conservative Research Department 1945–50
Professor of Greek at Sydney University 1937–39
Profession Politician,
Classical scholar,
Poet, published works 1937, 1939, 1951.
Awards BAR.svg British War Medal
Africa Star
Order BritEmp rib.png Military OBE
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch/service Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
• Royal Warwickshire Regiment
• General Service Corps
• Intelligence Corps
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Private in 1939
• Brigadier by 1945
Battles/wars World War II
North African Campaign
• India

John Enoch Powell, MBE (16 June 1912 – 8 February 1998) was a British politician in the Conservative Party.

Early life

Powell was born on June 16, 1912 in Birmingham, England and raised there. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and at School of Oriental and African Studies.

Before becoming a politician, Powell was a professor of Ancient Greek at Sydney University, Australia. When World War II, started he joined the British Army in 1939 as a private but, by 1945, had been promoted to Brigadier.

Political career

He was elected to the House of Commons in 1950, and was a government minister in 1957-1958 and again between 1960 and 1963.

He made a speech in 1968 in which he said that if the United Kingdom let too many immigrants live there, there would be fighting in the streets.

In 1974 he left the Conservative Party before the February election, and became an MP in Northern Ireland for the Ulster Unionist Party in October 1974.

Personal life

Powell was married to Pamela Wilson from 1952 until his death in 1998. They had two daughters.


Powell was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992. He died on February 8, 1998 in London, England from the illness, aged 85. He is buried at Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, Warwickshire, England.

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