Reginald Maudling

Reginald Maudling (7 March 1917 – 14 February 1979)[1] was a British politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1962 to 1964 and as Home Secretary from 1970 to 1972. From 1955 until the late 1960s, he was spoken of as a prospective Conservative leader, and he was twice seriously considered for the post; he was Edward Heath's chief rival in 1965. He also held directorships in several British financial firms.


Reginald Maudling
Maudling in 1970
Home Secretary
In office
20 June 1970  18 July 1972
Prime MinisterEdward Heath
Preceded byJames Callaghan
Succeeded byRobert Carr
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
13 July 1962  16 October 1964
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Chief SecretaryJohn Boyd-Carpenter
Preceded bySelwyn Lloyd
Succeeded byJames Callaghan
Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
9 October 1961  13 July 1962
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byIain Macleod
Succeeded byDuncan Sandys
President of the Board of Trade
In office
14 October 1959  9 October 1961
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byDavid Eccles
Succeeded byFrederick Erroll
Paymaster General
In office
14 January 1957  14 October 1959
Prime MinisterHarold Macmillan
Preceded byWalter Monckton
Succeeded byThe Lord Mills
Minister of Supply
In office
7 April 1955  14 January 1957
Prime MinisterAnthony Eden
Preceded bySelwyn Lloyd
Succeeded byAubrey Jones
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
1952  7 April 1955
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byJohn Edwards
Succeeded byEdward Boyle
Member of Parliament
for Chipping Barnet
Barnet (1950–1974)
In office
23 February 1950  14 February 1979
Preceded byStephen Taylor
Succeeded bySydney Chapman
Shadow Cabinet positions
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
11 February 1975  11 April 1976
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
ShadowingJames Callaghan
Anthony Crosland
Preceded byGeoffrey Rippon
Succeeded byJohn Davies
In office
27 July 1965  11 November 1965
LeaderAlec Douglas-Home
Edward Heath
ShadowingMichael Stewart
Preceded byRab Butler
Succeeded byChristopher Soames
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
21 April 1968  28 February 1969
LeaderEdward Heath
ShadowingDenis Healey
Preceded byEnoch Powell
Succeeded byGeoffrey Rippon
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
16 October 1964  27 July 1965
LeaderAlec Douglas-Home
ShadowingJames Callaghan
Preceded byJames Callaghan
Succeeded byEdward Heath
Personal details
Born(1917-03-07)7 March 1917
North Finchley, Middlesex, England
Died14 February 1979(1979-02-14) (aged 61)
Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Beryl Laverick
(m. 1939)
Children4
Alma materMerton College, Oxford

As Home Secretary, he was responsible for the UK Government's Northern Ireland policy during the period that included Bloody Sunday in 1972. Soon afterwards, he left office due to an unrelated scandal in one of the companies of which he was director.