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Iain MacDonald SPROAT

member of parliament

Iain MacDonald SPROAT, British Member of Parliament. Cricket Writer of the Year, Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society, 1983.


SPROAT, Iain MacDonald was born on November 8, 1938 in Dollar, Clackmannanshire. Parents: the late William Bigham Sproat and Lydia Bain Sproat (née MacDonald).


Si. Mary’s School, Melrose. Winchester College; University of Aix-enProvence. Magdalen College, Oxford University.


Member of Parliament, Aberdeen South, 1970-1983. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Scotland, 1973-1974. Member, British Parliamentary Delegation to oversee S. Vietnamese Elections, 1973.

Member, British Parliamentary Delegation to Soviet Union, 1974. Leader, British Parliamentary Delegation to Austria, 1980. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade, Minister of Aviation and Shipping, Minister of Tourism, 1981-1983.

Chairman, Soviet and East European Group, Conservative Foreign Affairs Committee, 1975-1987. Leader, Conservative Group, Scottish Select Committee, 1979-1981. Chairman. Scottish Conservative Committee, 1979-1981.

Special Adviser to Prime Minister, General Election, 1987. Member of Parliament, Harwich, since 1992. Royal Green Jackets, 1972-1976.

Lecturer. Royal College, of Defence Studies, 1973. Lecturer, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, 1975. Board member, African Medical and Research Foundation.

Consultant, N.M.Rothschild and Sons Ltd., since 1983. Chairman, Milner and Company Ltd. Chairman. Cricketers' Who’s Who Ltd.

Director, D’Arcy Marius Benton and Bowles Ltd. Director. College, of Petroleum Studies, Oxford.


  • Wodehouse At War

    (Stroat's account of the story behind Wodehouse's broadcas...)

  • The Wit of Sir Winston
  • The Wit Of Sir Winston
  • Cricketers' Who’s Who, annually since 1980. Wodehouse at War, 1981. Edward Heath, a pictorial biography.

    The Wit of Sir Winston. The Wit of Westminster. The Wit of the Wig.

    The Harold Wilson Bunkside Book. The Cabinet Bedside Book. The British Prime Ministers.


  • Other Interests

    Collecting books, cricket.


Spouse Judith Mary Kemol Sproat (née King), 1979. Children: one s.