Ronald Bell (UK politician)

Ronald Bell (UK politician)

Sir Ronald McMillan Bell, (14 April 1914 – 27 February 1982), QC (1966), Knight Bachelor (1980), was a Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom representing South Buckinghamshire from 1950 to 1974 and Beaconsfield from 1974 to 1982. He was a senior member of the Conservative Monday Club from 1962 to 1982.

Family and education

The younger son of John Bell, Ronald was educated at Cardiff High School, and Magdalen College, Oxford University, (BA 1936, MA 1941). In 1935, he was Secretary and Treasurer of the Oxford Union Society, and President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. In 1954, he married Elizabeth Audrey, eldest daughter of Kenneth Gossell, MC, of Burwash, Sussex, and by her had two sons (Andrew and Robert), and two daughters (Fiona and Lucinda).

Military and civilian life

In 1938, he was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn, London, and practised as a barrister-at-law in London and on the South-Eastern Circuit. He took silk in 1966. Bell served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from 1939 to 1946. In 1975, he became a member of Court of the University of Reading.

Political career

Bell had unsuccessfully contested the Caerphilly Division of Glamorgan at a by-election in 1939, but was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Newport at a by-election in May 1945. He lost that seat just two months later, at the general election in July 1945.

He was a member of Paddington Borough Council in London from 1947 to 1949, and was elected as Conservative MP for South Buckinghamshire at the 1950 general election. When that constituency was abolished for the February 1974 general election, he was elected for the new Beaconsfield from 1974. In 1974, he became a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on European Legislation.

Monday Club

Bell was an early (1962) and very active senior member of the Conservative Monday Club, and led the rebels in the House of Commons against the Race Relations Act 1965. He argued against the importing of a new law affecting freedom of speech, and freedom to employ whoever one wishes, and, supported by Enoch Powell, said the Bill made "very deep and damaging encroachments into the proper sphere of personal decision". He also felt that the Bill was an effort to achieve unwarranted equality, and that it was "concerned solely and exclusively with the intention to achieve social equality". ["Hansard", 23 March (p.102) and 23 April 1968, (p.102)] .

He was one of the principal MP speakers at the Club's 'Law and Liberty' May Day 1970 rally in Trafalgar Square, in answer to the 'Stop the Seventy Tour' campaign designed to stop the South African cricket tour.

Bell was still a member of the Club's Executive Council in 1971 and 1972 when, in September of the latter year, he was a principal speaker at the Club's 'Halt Immigration Now!' rally in Westminster Central Hall, following which a resolution was passed calling upon the government to halt all immigration, repeal the Race Relations Act, and start a full repatriation scheme. This was delivered to Edward Heath, then Prime Minister, who said that the government had no intention of repealing the Act.


* Bell, Ronald, "Crown Proceedings", London, 1948.


* Copping, Robert, "The Story of the Monday Club - The First Decade", Current Affairs Information Service, Ilford, Essex, April 1972,(P/B).
* Copping, Robert, "The Monday Club - Crisis and After" CAIS, Ilford, May 1975 (P/B), pps:6 and 16.
* Obituary - The "Primrose League Gazette", (editor Stephen Parker), vol.86, no.2, April 1982, London.
* Black, A & C, "Who Was Who, 1981-1990", London, (vol.VIII).

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ronald Bell — may refer to:*Ronald Bell (cricketer) (1931 ndash;1989), Middlesex and Sussex cricketer *Ronald Bell (UK politician) (1914 ndash;1982), Conservative Member of Parliament 1945 and 1950 ndash;1982 *Ronald Bell (musician) (born 1951), a member of… …   Wikipedia

  • Bell (surname) — Bell is a surname, and may refer to many people.Family name name=BellA* Acton Bell, pseudonym of Anne Brontë * Adrian Bell, British farmer writer, father of Martin Bell * Alexander Graham Bell (1847 1922), inventor * Alexander Melville Bell,… …   Wikipedia

  • Ronald Reagan — Reagan redirects here. For other uses, see Reagan (disambiguation). Ronald Reagan 40th President of the United States In office …   Wikipedia

  • Frank Field (politician) — Infobox MP honorific prefix = Rt. Hon. name = Frank Field honorific suffix = constituency MP = Birkenhead parliament = majority = 12,934 (46.5%) predecessor = Edmund Dell successor = Incumbent term start = 3 May 1979 term end = birth date = Birth …   Wikipedia

  • Christopher Ward (UK politician) — For other people named Christopher Ward, see Christopher Ward (disambiguation). Christopher John Ferguson Ward (born 26 December 1942) is a British solicitor and Conservative Party politician, who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for only… …   Wikipedia

  • Presidency of Ronald Reagan — Infobox President name=Presidency of Ronald Reagan nationality=American imagesize = 219px order=40th President of the United States vicepresident=George H. W. Bush term start=January 20 1981 term end=January 20 1989 predecessor=Jimmy Carter… …   Wikipedia

  • Don Bell (radio broadcaster) — For the Canadian politician, see Don Bell. Clarence Alton Beliel, commonly known as Don Bell, is an American radio broadcaster best known for his radio work broadcasting from the Philippines in the years leading up to World War II. Bell wanted to …   Wikipedia

  • John Bell Williams — Infobox Governor name= John Bell Williams caption= order=54th office= Governor of Mississippi term start= January 1968 term end= January 1972 lieutenant= Charles L. Sullivan predecessor= Paul B. Johnson, Jr. successor= William Waller birth date=… …   Wikipedia

  • Peter Freeman (politician) — Peter Freeman (19 October 1888 ndash; 19 May 1956) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brecon and Radnorshire at the 1929 general election, defeating the Conservative MP Walter D… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Conservative Party (UK) MPs — This is a list of Conservative Party MPs. It includes all Members of Parliament elected to the British House of Commons representing the Conservative Party from 1834 onwards. Members of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly or the European… …   Wikipedia