OR TV FOR M.P. IN NEW COMPANY
SAY HE MUST CHOOSE
Aidan Crawley, Conservative M.P. for West Derbyshire, would have to give up his
Parliamentary career to become the chairman of the new London weekend television
the Independent Television Authority announced that they had made it clear that
he would have to choose one or the other when the company begins operations in
Crawley has been the Member for the constituency since 1962, when he won a
by-election. He has successfully defended the seat against Labour and
Liberal opponents in two General Elections.
before he heard of the ITA statement, the West Derbyshire Conservative agent,
Mr. Ray Allinson, announced that Mr. Crawley would continue as M.P. when he
became chief of the company.
Allinson last night travelled to London on business, and said before setting
off: "I had spoken to Mr. Crawley about this several times, and was
quite sure there was no possibility of him having to give up Parliament. I
was going to London for reasons altogether unconnected to this affair, but
naturally I shall now be trying to sort out whether we face losing our M.P. or
made a statement that Mr. Crawley would continue in Parliament only minutes
before I heard this staggering new development. It's all a bit of a shock
and rather embarrassing."
Crawley was a Labour M.P. for six years, resigning on the issue of
nationalisation and joining the Conservatives a year later. Spokesmen for
both Liberal and Labour associations in West Derbyshire pronounced themselves
"delighted" at the prospect of a by-election.
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not sleaze (this time), but an honest quandary for one Tory MP. Crawley
had been involved from the beginning of ITV, mainly at the news provider ITN.
resigning from ITN, he moved to Parliament as a Labour MP, though he defected to
the Conservatives soon after (in those days, the two parties were completely
different to now, both approximating to modern left-of-centre. Nobody
would have thought of defecting to Thorpe's Liberals, still to re-emerge from
short, however, the Telegraph's implicit question (go to LWT or stay in the
Commons) was answered within hours - he went to LWT, remaining until that
company ploughed into financial dire straits.