Dennis Vosper, Baron Runcorn

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Dennis Forwood Vosper, Baron Runcorn TD PC (2 January 1916 – 20 January 1968) was a British Conservative politician.

Educated at The Leas, Hoylake, Marlborough College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he first worked with Wilson, Vosper & Coltart, Ships Store & Export Merchants, in Liverpool. He was commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment (Territorial Army) in April 1939 and served until the 1950s, reaching the rank of Major.

He was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Runcorn, Cheshire in 1950, holding the seat until 1964.

He held office as Conservative Whip, 1950–1954; as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 1951–1954; Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education, October 1954-January 1957; Minister of Health, 1957, from which he resigned owing to illness in September 1957. He was Leader of the Parliamentary Delegation to West Indies, 1958. He returned to ministerial office as Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, 1959–1960, as Minister of State for Home Affairs, 1960–1961; and as Secretary for Technical Co-operation, 1961-1963.

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1957 and was created a life peer on 20 April 1964 as Baron Runcorn, of Heswall in the County Palatine of Chester.[1]


Arms of Dennis Vosper, Baron Runcorn
Coronet of a Baron
Out of a Tower triple-towered Or, a Stag's Head proper, attired Or, in the mouth a Hatchet, the haft Gold, the blade proper.
Per chevron Azure and Gules, on a Chevron between in chief two Garbs and in base a Porcullis chained Or, a Cross-Moline Sable.
On either side a Beaver proper, gorged with a Collar Or, attached thereto a line reflexed over the back Gules.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
constituency created
Member of Parliament for Runcorn
Succeeded by
Mark Carlisle
Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Turton
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Derek Walker-Smith