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  Quintin Hogg  Quintin Hogg

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British Conservative politician.

Hogg held the title 2nd Viscount Hailsham from 1950 to 1963, when he used the 1963 Peerage Act to disclaim his title - he had hoped to win a parliamentary seat and become leader of the Conservative Party when the Profumo Scandal led to Macmillan’s resignation.  (Neither hope was realised.)

Hogg voted against Neville Chamberlain in the Norway Debate of May 1940, and supported Winston Churchill. He served briefly in the desert campaign as a platoon commander with the Rifle Brigade during the Second World War. His commanding officer had been his contemporary at Eton; after him and the second-in-command, Hogg was the third-oldest officer in the battalion. After a knee wound in August 1941, which almost cost him his right leg, Hogg was deemed too old for further front-line service, and after staff work, left the army with the rank of major.

He served in the Conservative shadow cabinet during Harold Wilson’s administrations, and built up his practice at the Bar.

When Edward Heath won the 1970 general election he received a life peerage as Baron Hailsham, and became Lord Chancellor. He was the first to return to the House of Lords as a life peer after having disclaimed a hereditary peerage.

Hailsham announced his retirement after the end of the Heath government in 1974. However, after the of his second wife in a horse-riding accident, he decided to return to active politics, first as a shadow minister without portfolio in the Shadow Cabinets of Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, then again as Lord Chancellor from 1979 to 1987 under Margaret Thatcher.

This is a fine typed letter on headed notepaper (Office of the Minister for Science, 22nd November, 1963) to a Miss Judith Wybron, of the Maidstone Young Conservative Association, thanking her for an invitation to speak at a conference but declining, saying "my programme of engagements is determined for me by Central Office and I simply cannot take on anything more". There's his usual elegant signature in black ink at the conclusion. One correspondence fold; some album staining to the reverse of the top half of the letter but in very good overall condition.

This comes with a 9" x 7.5" black and white photograph, signed and dated (1969) in black ink across a lighter area of the image. There are a number of faults, including thinning to the reverse from careless album removal and some creasing and handling "dings". The scan gives a good idea of how the photograph appears, when viewed head-on.