Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton

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Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton MRCS MRCP (born January 15, 1904 in Islington , London , † August 22, 1989 ) was a British doctor and politician of the Conservative Party who served as a member of the House of Commons in the Luton constituency between 1950 and 1963 represented and held several ministerial offices. He was also instrumental in the establishment and development of television in Great Britain in the 1960s and early 1970s through outstanding roles with the Independent Television Authority (ITA) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) .


Professional career and Member of the House of Commons

After visiting the St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington studied Hill initially with distinction medicine at Trinity College of the University of Cambridge after his medical training at the set and the Royal London Hospital , where he successively a Bachelor of Medicine (MB), a Bachelor of Surgery (B.Ch.) and a doctor of medicine (MD).

In 1930 Hill, who was also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians , became Deputy Medical Director of Oxford , before becoming Deputy Secretary in 1932 and Secretary of the British Medical Association (BMA) from 1944 to 1950 . During this time, the National Health Service (NHS) was founded in 1948 , where he negotiated the status and payment of general practitioners with the then Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan .

Hill was elected as a candidate for the Conservative Party in the general election of February 23, 1950 as a member of the House of Commons and represented the constituency of Luton until October 31, 1963 .

Minister and Member of the House of Lords

After the election victory of the conservative Tories in the general election of October 25, 1951 , he took over his first post as a "junior minister" as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Food and was subsequently Postmaster General in the cabinet of Prime Minister Anthony Eden from April 1955 to January 1957 , before he was then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in Harold Macmillan's cabinet .

As part of a cabinet reshuffle, he was appointed Minister for Housing and Local Government in 1961 by Prime Minister Macmillan and Minister for Wales at the same time , and held both offices until 1962.

After leaving the House of Commons, he was raised to the nobility as a life peer with the title Baron Hill of Luton , of Harpenden in the County of Hertford, and was a member of the House of Lords until his death .

In 1963 he succeeded Ivone Kirkpatrick as chairman of the Independent Television Authority (ITA), an authority established by the Television Act 1954 to monitor Independent Television (ITV), the first commercial television broadcaster in Great Britain. He held this position until he was replaced by Herbert Bowden in 1967.

He was also the successor to Lord Normanbrook between 1967 and 1973 Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors , the board of directors of the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 1973 he was followed by Michael Swann .

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