Vyvyan Adams
Vyvyan Adams full name Samuel Vyvyan Trerice Adams, was a British Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
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 politician. He was the Member of Parliament
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 for Leeds West
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 from 1931 to 1945, when he was defeated by the swing to Labour
Labour Party (UK)
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. He stood unsuccessfully in the Fulham East
Fulham East (UK Parliament constituency)
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 constituency in 1947 and 1950
United Kingdom general election, 1950
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. He had been adopted for the safe
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 Conservative seat of Darwen
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 early in 1951, but died later that year.

His Times obituary was headed Intellectual Honesty and Independence. He was opposed to appeasement of Mussolini (in Abyssinia) and Hitler, and was one of the two Conservative MPs (with Duff Cooper
Duff Cooper
Alfred Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich GCMG, DSO, PC , known as Duff Cooper, was a British Conservative Party politician, diplomat and author. He wrote six books, including an autobiography, Old Men Forget, and a biography of Talleyrand...

) to oppose the Munich agreement with Hitler in 1938. He was opposed to the death penalty.


He was educated at Kings School, Cambridge, Haileybury, and Kings College, Cambridge (MA). He married in 1925 Mary Campin
Mary Adams (broadcaster)
Mary Grace Agnes Adams [née Campin] , television producer and programme director, was a producer and administrator in the BBC. She was instrumental in setting up the BBC's television service both before and after World War II....

, who was later a televisiion producer and programme director. He was a barrister, and was a Major in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
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of the British Army in World War II.

In 1951 he drowned while swimming at Gunwalloe Church Cove near Helston, Cornwall, a place noted for strong currents. Their daughter Sally, then 14, helped her mother but was unable to save her father.


He wrote several books, the first three under the pseudonym Watchman:
  • Right Honourable Gentlemen (1939)
  • What of the Night? (1940)
  • Churchill: Architect of Victory (1940)
  • A Letter to a Young Politician (1946)
  • The British Co-operative Movement (1948)
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