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Arthur Vere Harvey, Baron Harvey of Prestbury

Air Commodore Arthur Vere Harvey, Baron Harvey of Prestbury CBE (31 January 1906–5 April 1994) was a British Conservative politician, and Member of Parliament (MP) for 26 years.

Harvey was educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk and served with the Royal Air Force 1925-30 and during World War II. He was an advisor to the Southern Chinese Air Forces 1932-35 and a Squadron Leader of the Auxiliary Air Force in 1937. He founded the No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron and commanded it in the first years of World War II in France. He was awarded a CBE in 1942.[1] He later became a company chairman and director of several firms.

Harvey was elected as Member of Parliament for Macclesfield in 1945, and held the seat in seven further general elections. He was knighted in 1957.[2] In the Commons, Harvey was chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee from 1966-1970. On 14 October 1969 he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Macclesfield.[3]

Harvey resigned from the House of Commons in 1971, and was created a life peer as Baron Harvey of Prestbury, of Prestbury in the County Palatine of Chester on 1 May 1971.[4] He was succeeded as MP by fellow-Conservative Nicholas Winterton.

He was married three times.

  • in 1940 to Jacqueline Dunnett (two sons, marriage dissolved 1954)
  • in 1955 Mrs Hilary Williams (died 1978; marriage dissolved 1977)
  • in 1978 Mrs Carol Cassar-Torreggiani; three adopted daughters.

He died at St Martin's Port, Guernsey 5 April 1994.[5]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35586. p. 2487. 11 June 1942.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 41134. p. 4379. 23 July 1957.
  3. ^ Macclesfield ExpressSir Nick is made a Freeman,
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 45361. p. 4626. 6 May 1971.
  5. ^ Obituary, the Independent, 8 April 1994

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Arthur Harvey
Military offices
Preceded by
G D Harvey
Commanding Officer RAF Coltishall
Succeeded by
A H Donaldson
Preceded by
C R Steele
Air Officer Commanding No. 10 Group RAF
Succeeded by
J B Cole-Hamilton
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
W. Garfield Weston
Member of Parliament for Macclesfield
Succeeded by
Sir Nicholas Winterton
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir William Anstruther-Gray
Chairman of the 1922 Committee
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Legge-Bourke

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