Jocelyn Benedict Laurence Cadbury (3 March 1946 – 31 July 1982) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Early life and educationEdit

Jocelyn Cadbury was born in 1946, the son of Laurence Cadbury and Joyce née Mathews,[1] and the younger brother of Sir Adrian Cadbury and Sir Dominic Cadbury. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in Economics and Anthropology. Alongside his academic studies, he was a keen rower.[2]

In 1970, he began working at Lucas Industries in Birmingham, as an industrial relations officer. From 1974, he worked for Cadbury.[2]

Political careerEdit

At the 1979 general election, on his second attempt, Cadbury was elected Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield, defeating Labour incumbent Raymond Carter. It was one of the Conservatives' best and most surprising results in that election, as a Labour majority of 10,597 was overturned into a Conservative one of 204 on a 10.2% swing.

Cadbury argued for an alternative economic strategy to help the manufacturing industry. Together with other Conservative MPs, he supported a September 1981 pamphlet called "Changing Gear", which criticised the government's economic approach.[2]

In November 1981, Cadbury was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Industry, Norman Lamont.[2]


In July 1982, Cadbury committed suicide. He shot himself in the garden of his parents' home in Birmingham. He was 36.


  1. ^ "CADBURY, Jocelyn Benedict Laurence". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Obituary - Mr Jocelyn Cadbury". Financial Times. 2 August 1982.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Raymond Carter
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield
Succeeded by
John Spellar