Drinks Reception with the Rt Hon The Earl of Gowrie

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 2019: Drinks Reception with the Rt Hon The Earl of Gowrie

Tachbrook ward looks forward to welcoming the Rt Hon The Earl of Gowrie to speak about his extraordinary life and political experiences. After unexpectedly inheriting his grandfather's Earldom at the age of 16, "Grey", as he is widely known, was partly brought up on the Windsor Castle estate ("where the King came to tea"), via a stint teaching and lecturing in the United States, returning in 1972 to become a Conservative whip in the Lords.

It was there that he came to the attention of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who successively made him a Minister of State for Employment and as a Minister of State for Northern Ireland, before he joined her Cabinet as Minister for the Arts and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster until 1985. Despite being offered the post of Secretary of State for Education, he resigned from the Cabinet in 1985, going on to become Chairman of Sotheby's and later of the Arts Council. Grey remains active in Conservative and literary circles and is well known for his extensive published collection of poetry.

Drinks and Canapés.

6.30pm – 8.30pm

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