| Airey Neave |
(lawyer, spook, politician)
|Born||Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave|
|Died||1979-03-30 (Age 63)|
Westminster Hospital, London
|Alma mater||Merton College, Oxford|
|Religion||Church of England|
Airey Neave was the first British officer to escape Colditz. A friend and key advisor to Margaret Thatcher who "had learned all there is to learn about intrigue, deception and the political Black Arts" he was assassinated in 1979 just before her successful election campaign.
Neave became Conservative Party MP for Abington in 1953. He has been called "the most senior politician ever to have been assassinated". He was a close friend of Margaret Thatcher and managed her campaign to become leader of the Conservative party. He ran a "“psy-ops” campaign, drawing on intelligence experience".
On 30th March 1979 Neave was injured in Whitehall by a car bomb. "He was quickly taken to Westminster Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. But it was too late and he died on the operating table."
The Provisional Irish Republican Army reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing, though it was later attributed to the INLA. Others have suggested that it was an attack by the UK deep state who were concerned about by his plans to restructure MI5 and MI6. He is reputed to have remarked that "There has been serious corruption" and that "there is going to be cleaning of the stables".