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George FOULKES, British Member of Parliament. Rector’s Assessor, Edinburgh University, 1968; Bailie, Edinburgh Corporation, 1973.


FOULKES, George was born on January 21, 1942 in Oswestry, United Kingdom. Parents: the late George Foulkes and Jessie Foulkes (née Rhind).


Keith Grammar School, Scotland. Haberdashers’ Aske’s, London. Edinburgh University.

Spoken languages: Spanish.


Councillor, Edinburgh Corporation, 1970-1975. Councillor, Lothian Region, 1974-1979. Chairman, Education Committee.

Chairman, Education Committee of Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, 1975-1979. Member of Parliament, since 1979. Member, Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe and Western European Union, 197981.

Member, House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, 1981-1984. Opposition Spokesman on European Affairs, 1984-1985. Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, 1985-1992.

Opposition Spokesman on Defence, since 1992. President, Scottish Union of Students, 1965-1967. Manager, Fund for International Student Co-operation.

1967-1968; Scottish Organiser, European Movement, 1968-1969. Director, Enterprise Youth, 1969-1973. Director, Age Concern Scotland, 1973-1979.


  • Eighty Years On, 1964. Claim of Right, 1989.


Clubs: Fabian Society. Edinburgh University Staff Club. Royal Commonwealth Society.


  • Other Interests

    Supporting Heart of Midlothian FC. Defence, foreign affairs, Scotland, energy, overseas aid.


Spouse Elizabeth Anna Foulkes (née Hope), 1970.