18 Facts About Anthony Nutting


Sir Harold Anthony Nutting, 3rd Baronet was a British diplomat and Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament from 1945 until 1956.


Anthony Nutting was a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1954 until he resigned in 1956 in protest against the Suez invasion.


Anthony Nutting was born in Shropshire at the private Shrewsbury Nursing Institution at Quarry House, Shrewsbury, and was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied agriculture.


Anthony Nutting served as an attache at the British Embassy in Paris.


Anthony Nutting joined the Embassy in Rome from 1944 to 1945 and was briefly private secretary to Anthony Eden, the then Foreign Secretary.


Anthony Nutting married his first wife, Gillian Leonora Strutt, with whom he had three children, John, David and Zara, but they divorced in 1959.


Anthony Nutting married his second wife, Anne Gunning Parker, in 1961.

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At the 1945 general election, at 25, Anthony Nutting was elected as the MP for Melton in Leicestershire, an area involved in hunting and it was said of it that "most of the voters are foxes".


Anthony Nutting served as chairman of the Young Conservatives and he was the youngest member of Winston Churchill's Government in the 1950s.


Anthony Nutting was made a Privy Counsellor in 1954 and he led the British delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and Disarmament Commission in 1954 and 1955.


Anthony Nutting was an internationalist, an early enthusiast for British membership of the European Economic Community and an Arabist who was a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding in 1967.


Anthony Nutting preferred the spirit of the United Nations Charter to the ethos of empire.


Anthony Nutting did not give the customary resignation speech in the House of Commons for security reasons, and his unexplained action proved so unpopular that his constituents forced him to give up his seat in Parliament.


Anthony Nutting supported the idea of moving Iraqi troops into Jordan in response to aggressive Israeli military raids in the West Bank that were carried out in response to attacks, by the Palestinian fedayeen, on Israel.


Anthony Nutting kept his silence over the Suez Crisis until 1967.


Anthony Nutting stood one more time, unsuccessfully, in Oldham East in 1964.


In 1969, Anthony Nutting was banned from entering Israel because of a speech to students in Beirut in which he reportedly said that the Palestine question had to be resolved by force, and it was up to Palestinian guerillas to impose a solution.


Anthony Nutting died at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London of heart failure on 23 February 1999, aged 79, and was cremated on 4 March at the West London Crematorium.