Humphrey Atkins

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Humphrey Atkins, Lord Colnbrook (1922-1996) was a Conservative politician. He served as Northern Ireland Secretary from 5 May 1979 to 14 September 1981.[1]

Northern Ireland

His appointment in Northern Ireland came as a result of the assassination of Airey Neave. He implemented Mrs Thatcher's tough line during the 1980 and 1981 hunger strikes, the latter of which was still under way when he moved to the the Foreign Office.[2]


Foreign Office

Atkins was appointed Deputy Foreign Secretary but resigned, along with the Foreign Secretary following the Argentine invasion of the Falklands.[3]


Notes

  1. Patrick Cosgrave, Obituaries : Lord Colnbrook, The Independent, 8 October 1996.
  2. W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.97.
  3. W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.97.
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