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Sir Alan Gordon Barraclough Haselhurst (born 23 June 1937) is a British Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden from 1977 to 2017, having represented Middleton and Prestwich as MP from 1970 to 1974.

He was Chairman of Ways and Means from 14 May 1997 to 8 June 2010, and later Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association between 2011 and 2014.
He was the oldest Conservative MP during his last Parliament, and stood down at the 2017 general election.

Alan Gordon Barraclough Haselhurst was born in South Elmsall, near Hemsworth, Yorkshire and was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire before going up to Oriel College, Oxford.

He was elected President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1958 and, for two years, served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Oxford Union from 1959. Before his election to Parliament, he worked in management in the chemicals industry and became an unremunerated director when his father’s pharmacy was incorporated.

He worked as an election agent for Robin Balniel, Conservative MP for Hertford, at both the 1964 and 1966 general elections. Haselhurst was elected Chairman of the National Young Conservatives in 1964, and served for two years. He was later Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (1978-1981).

 

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