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- 1940 - 2008
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Upon finishing his degree Biffen worked for Tube Investments Ltd from 1953-1960, this was followed by a brief stint at Economist Intelligence Unit from 1960-1961. Biffen was elected as MP for Oswestry (renamed Shropshire North in 1983) in a by-election in November 1961, a seat which he held until his retirement from the House of Commons in 1997.
His political career included the following posts: Opposition Spokesman on Energy, 1976; Opposition Spokesman on Industry, 1976-1977; Opposition Spokesman on Small Business 1978-1979; Chief Secretary to the Treasury, 1979-1981; Secretary of State for Trade, 1981-1982; Lord President of the Council, 1982-1983; Leader of House of Commons, 1982-1987 and Lord Privy Seal, 1983-1987. He was made a life peer in 1997.
Biffen served as director of the following companies: Glynwed International, 1987-2000; J. Bibby & Sons, 1988-1997; Rockware Group, 1988-1991; and Barlow International, 1998-2000.
Alongside these various roles, from 1994-2002 Biffen was a trustee of the London Clinic, and he also served as Deputy Lieutenant for Shropshire in 1993.
He died in Shrewsbury on 14 August 2007.
His publications include: Inside the House of Commons, 1989; and Inside Westminster, 1996
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