Christopher Price

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(journalist, politician, teacher, editor)
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In 1980
Born26 January 1932
Died21 February 2015 (Age 83)
Alma materQueen's College (Oxford)
Chairman of the New Statesman who attended the 1970 Bilderberg

Christopher Price was an MP, teacher and education journalist who became chairman of the New Statesman.[1]

Early life

Price was educated at Leeds Grammar School and The Queen's College, Oxford where he was secretary of the Labour Club in 1953. He initially pursued a teaching career and by 1962 was Senior Classics Master at Ecclesfield Grammar School when he was elected as a councillor to the Sheffield City Council. He became deputy chairman of the education committee from 1963 (Albert Ballard was the chairman) and was instrumental in Sheffield's decision, fully implemented by 1969, in favour of comprehensive education.[2]

Parliamentary career

Price contested Shipley in 1964. He was Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr from 1966 to 1970, during which time, from 1966 to 1967, he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Anthony Crosland.[3] He was MP for Lewisham West from February 1974 to 1983, when he lost to the Conservative John Maples. In the House of Commons he was Chairman of the Education Select Committee.

Price was also a Member of the European Parliament from 1977 to 1978.


Price attended the 1970 Bilderberg meeting 17.-19. April, where he was probably being inspected as a candidate for higher positions in the UK government. But the surprise victory for the Conservative Party in the 1970 United Kingdom general election made him lose his seat, and his parliamentary career was derailed.

After Parliament

After leaving parliament, Price was Director of Leeds Polytechnic - later becoming Vice-Chancellor of the polytechnic's successor body, Leeds Metropolitan University. He was a founder member of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

Price was the Chairman of the New Statesman between 1994–95.[4]

Price was interviewed in 2012 as part of The History of Parliament's oral history project.[5][6]

Personal life

His sister, Helen Jackson, was the Labour MP for Sheffield Hillsborough from 1992 to 2005.[7]

Price married Annie Grierson Ross, a nurse, in 1956. They had three children; one daughter and two sons.[8] He died on 21 February 2015, aged 83.


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Bilderberg/197017 April 197019 April 1970Switzerland
Hotel Quellenhof
Bad Ragaz
the 19th Bilderberg meeting, in Switzerland.
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