The Lord Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Shirley Williams|
|Succeeded by||Francis Pym|
|Member of Parliament |
15 August 1963 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||John Profumo|
|Succeeded by||Alan Howarth|
|Member of Parliament |
for Ealing South
23 February 1950 – 12 June 1958
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Brian Batsford|
|Born||8 September 1912|
|Died||9 November 1993 (aged 81)|
|Children||3, including Francis|
|Alma mater||Oriel College, Oxford|
Angus Edmund Upton Maude, Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon,(8 September 1912 – 9 November 1993) was a British Conservative Party politician and cabinet minister from 1979 to 1981. He was the father of former Conservative MP Francis Maude.
Maude was born at 44 Temple Fortune Lane, Hendon, Middlesex, the only child of Alan Hamer Maude (1885–1979), journalist and army officer, and Dorothy Maude Upton, daughter of Frederic Upton, a civil servant. He was educated, mainly in Classics, at Rugby School, then attended Oriel College, Oxford, where he obtained a second-class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1933. He became a journalist and author, working on The Times (1933–34) and the Daily Mail (1934–39).
Maude fought in the Second World War. He was captured in North Africa, becoming a POW in Italy. He was later moved to Germany, where he was freed by forces under General George S. Patton.
Maude was elected Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Ealing South at the 1950 general election. He continued to work in journalism, and was Director of the Conservative Political Centre from 1951 to 1955. In 1958, he resigned his seat to become editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, a post which he held until 1961. He attempted to return to Parliament, at first being beaten by the Labour Party's Guy Barnett by 704 votes in a 1962 by-election at South Dorset, where the Conservative vote was split. He was then elected to represent the constituency of Stratford-on-Avon in a a by-election in 1963, where he remained until retiring in 1983.
Maude was shadow aviation spokesman, but was sacked in 1967 by Edward Heath after criticising party policy. When Margaret Thatcher became leader, she brought him back into the fold after he played a key role in her bid for the leadership in 1975. When she came to power in May 1979, he was appointed to the position of Paymaster-General with a seat in the cabinet, with Thatcher saying "I was anxious to have Angus Maude in the Cabinet to benefit from his years of political experience, his sound views, and his acid wit."  However, Maude resigned relatively soon afterward, in January 1981, following which he received a knighthood.
Maude gave up his seat at the 1983 general election, and was elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer on 19 September 1983, taking the title Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon, of Stratford-upon-Avon in the County of Warwickshire. He died in 1993.
He was nicknamed "The Mekon" because of his prominent forehead and overbearing manner.