VIP Visit - Rt Hon Reginald Maudling MP

Photograph of a VIP visit by Rt Hon Reginald Mauldling MP with Sir George Dowty and Pat Symthe

Reginald Maudling was a British politician who held several Cabinet posts, including Chancellor of the Exchequer.

At his 1956 visit to celebrate Dowty’s 25 th anniversary he was Minister of Supply and a rising star in the Conservative party.

From 1955 until the late 1960s, he was spoken of as a prospective Conservative leader, and he was twice seriously considered for the post; he was Edward Heath’s chief rival in 1965.

He rose to Deputy Leader but resigned in 1972 under a cloud.

He made a comeback and remarked at the end of his career  “recruited by Winston Churchill but fired by Margaret Thatcher!”

Thanks to Martin Robins for his contribution to this post

Patricia Rosemary Smythe, most commonly known as Pat Smythe, was one of Britain’s premier female showjumpers

L-R: Rt Hon Reginald Mauldling MP; Sir George Dowty and Pat Symthe
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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