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Balfour, Honor Catherine Mary (1912–2001), politician and journalist, was born on 4 August 1912 at 70 Pemberton Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the daughter of Robert Balfour, a foreign agent's managing clerk, and his wife, Sara Ellen, née Jenkins. Her father came from a family of Scottish seafarers and was unrelated to the political family bearing the same name. He served in the army during the First World War and was killed in ...

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Cattermole, James [Jim] (1910–2007), political organizer, was born on 11 December 1910 at 138 Newcombe Road, Coventry, the son of Harry Cattermole, leather worker and saddler, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Norris. He was a bright boy, and despite his working-class background and ...

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Freame, John (1665–1745), banker and lobbyist, was probably the second son in the family of at least three children of Robert Freame, a Gloucestershire clothier. In 1681 his father was one of the 'first purchasers' of Pennsylvania and some members of the Quaker ...

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Philip Gould, Baron Gould of Brookwood (1950–2011) by Richard Watt, pubd 2011 © Richard Watt / Telegraph Media Group Limited 2014

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Gould, Philip, Baron Gould of Brookwood (1950–2011), political strategist, was born in Wallington, Sutton, Surrey, on 30 March 1950, the son of Wilfred Caleb Gould (1913–1992), a primary school head teacher, and his wife, Fennigien Anna, née de Jager (1917–1972). He had a younger sister, ...

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Harris, Richard (d. 1734), slave trader and lobbyist, is of obscure ancestry. He was in St Kitts in the West Indies in 1694, where he observed that French privateers, by intercepting provisions from British North America, caused Barbados planters 'to suffer much & their Negroes perish for want...

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Hart, David (1944–2011), businessman and political adviser, was born at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, on 4 February 1944, the elder son of Louis Albert (Boy) Hart (1905–1978), solicitor and later chairman of the Henry Ansbacher merchant bank, of the Old Rectory, Hoggeston, Buckinghamshire...

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Soutter, Francis William (1844–1932), political agent and activist, was born at 38 Canterbury Street, Lambeth, London, on 23 April 1844, the second child of Francis Soutter (d. 1855), manager of a tobacco manufactory, and his wife, Harriet, née Hancock (d. 1854)...

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Wolf, Lucien (1857–1930), journalist and lobbyist, was born on 20 January 1857 in London, the elder son of Edward Wolf, pipe manufacturer, and his wife, Céline (née Redlich). On his father's side Bohemian, on his mother's Viennese, Wolf may have spent his working life in ...