Dick Mitchison, Baron Mitchison
The Lord Mitchison
|Member of Parliament |
5 July 1945 – 15 October 1964
|Preceded by||John Profumo|
|Succeeded by||Geoffrey de Freitas|
Gilbert Richard Mitchison
23 March 1894
Staines, Middlesex, England
|Died||14 February 1970 (aged 75)|
Westminster, London, England
|Children||Geoffrey, Denis, Murdoch, Avrion, Lois, and Valentine|
|Alma mater||Eton College|
New College, Oxford
Born in Staines, Mitchison was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford, and became a barrister (called to the bar in 1917) and King's Counsel. He served with the Queen's Bays in the First World War, attaining the rank of Major and gaining the Croix de Guerre. He worked in the Ministry of Labour during the Second World War, on the Beveridge manpower survey, and led the Nuffield College social reconstruction survey.
Mitchison stood for Parliament without success in King's Norton at the 1931 and 1935 elections. He was the Labour Member of Parliament for Kettering between 1945 and 1964, beating the young incumbent, John Profumo, at the 1945 election. In Parliament, Mitchison sponsored the New Streets Act as a private member's bill. He was given a life peerage, created Baron Mitchison, of Carradale in the County of Argyllshire on 5 October 1964. He served on the executive of the Fabian Society.
He married the writer Naomi Haldane (daughter of John Scott Haldane and sister of J.B.S. Haldane) in Oxford 1916. They had six children, including four sons: Geoffrey (1918–1927), Denis (born 1919, a professor of bacteriology), Murdoch (born 1922) and Avrion (born 1928), both professors of zoology. Their daughters were Lois and Valentine, the latter of whom married the historian Mark Arnold-Forster. Michison died in Westminster aged 75.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Gilbert Mitchison
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Kettering
Geoffrey de Freitas