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Tribute to former Buckingham MP

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40th anniversary of Bill Benyon beating Robert Maxwel in Buckingham constituency L-R Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Richard Benyon MP for Newbury, Mrs Benyon, Bill Benyon, Jeremy Quin Chm Buckingham Constituency, Earl Buckingham President Buckingham Constituency

A10 WEEK 13 MCBH rd 40th anniversary of Bill Benyon beating Robert Maxwel in Buckingham constituency L-R Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Richard Benyon MP for Newbury, Mrs Benyon, Bill Benyon, Jeremy Quin Chm Buckingham Constituency, Earl Buckingham President Buckingham Constituency

The former MP for Buckingham, Sir William Benyon, has died.

Bill Benyon was elected as MP for Buckingham in 1970, defeating Robert Maxwell, and kept the seat at the next three elections.

In 1983 he became MP for Milton Keynes, where he served until he retired at the 1992 general election.

In 2011, local Conservatives held a party at Liscombe to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sir William capturing the Buckingham seat

District councillor for Marsh Gibbon, Jackie Phipps, paid tribute to “one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

Mrs Phipps, who was a local Conservative Party member at the time of the 1973 election, told the Advertiser: “I remember him really well. I ran his election campaign in Marsh Gibbon, and I was heavily pregnant at the time.

“That was over 40 years ago.

“He was a really good MP compared with Robert Maxwell.

“You wouldn’t hear much about him but he looked after his constituency very well.

“He was a very kind man, very efficient. Quiet but very determined.

“He and his wife worked as a team. She always came with him, even though they had children.

“At the time, the Buckingham constituency included Milton Keynes and was the second biggest constituency number-wise and area-wise in the country.

“Every time a new estate was built, he or his wife or his agent would go round and give people local information and answer any questions.

“When the boundary changes came in in ’83, he stayed with Milton Keynes, even though it would have been much easier for him to win Buckingham, and people voted for him as long as he stood.

“The word going round was he was the only Conservative who could hold Milton Keynes.

In 1964, Sir William had inherited the Englefield Estate, which covers land principally in Berks and Hants.

Mrs Phipps remembered: “Every year he used to invite a group of his local party members party to look round the house and the estate and his wife would give them tea.”

And she added: “He was a lovely man.

“He really was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, as was his wife.

“They worked together and she gave him support.

“They were a lovely couple to be with.

Sir William is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, five children and 18 grandchildren.

His funeral service will be at 2.30pm on Thursday, May 15, at Englefield, in Berks.

 

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