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However, after the newspaper headlines predicting imminent oil shortages and an economic crisis faded into memory, a reality check came into play. On 2 August 1963 Marples duly approved the closure for passenger services with effect from 9 September [10]. However, progress was slow, so in 1991 he enlisted the help of Dave Gilbert, who owned GRX 310D, an ex-works rally Mini Cooper 1275S. Before becoming Transport Minister he was chairman of Marples Ridgway, a construction company engaged in road building amongst other activities. In the autumn of 1963 Harold Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister to be replaced by Alec Douglas-Home, although Marples remained in situ.

By the end of the year Fraser was on the backbenches and in 1967 he quit politics altogether to become Chairman of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. He has published extensively on his own and co-operated with Alan Brooke on sixteen previous titles. When first deposited at the Churchill Archives Centre in 2016 the Marples collection comprised numerous boxes of assorted papers, photographs and diaries, as well as some audio material.He was replaced by Barbara Castle, who didn’t have a driving licence, and she was followed by Richard Marsh, who was once seen as a potential leader of the Labour Party. Marples Ridgway's subsequent contracts included building power stations in England, the Allt na Lairige dam in Scotland, roads in Ethiopia and (significantly) England, and a port in Jamaica. In that capacity he approved the ending of passenger services between Shrewsbury and Bewdley from 9 September 1963. Unemployment 23 Nov 1971 But the newspaper proprietors have been saying that for a long time and they are still going down the drain in Fleet Street.

As Minister of Transport, Marples oversaw the introduction of parking meters and the provisional driving licence in 1958 and two Transport Acts. He certainly succeeded in reducing the losses and of course we only got half of the proposed changes. Marples knew how to get homes built in the 1950s; in the 1960s he ended profligate railway finances.The idea of well used lines being closed is rubbish, these were the Branch Lines created to serve a Victorian rural economy, changes in farming and rural communities simply made them unnecessary. The diaries reported the transport minister's fetish for being whipped while dressed in women's clothing, as described in great detail by one of the prostitutes who had provided these services to Marples, and confirmed at the time by her detailed knowledge of the interior of Marples' home where the events took place. Five years ago Boris was Mayor of London and the likelihood was George Osborne would be PM by now, while Trump was more interested in reality television and his property empire. In 1956 Marples married his former secretary Ruth Dobson (1919–2014), who on his elevation to the peerage in 1974 became Lady Marples. The Conservatives served a full five-year term before succumbing to what many people thought was an inevitable defeat in October 1964 by a reinvigorated Labour Party, which promised a planned economy harnessing the best that new technology could offer.

Ernest Marples was born in December 1907 to an engineering charge-hand and Labour Party activist father and a mother who had worked in a hat factory.

The Area Committee heard objections at a public meeting at Bridgnorth on 8 November 1962 and on 20 November confirmed that it had reported to Marples that closure would cause hardship to users. Except Labour only won a majority of four seats, but it was enough, and Ernest Marples at last left the Ministry of Transport to be replaced by Tom Fraser. His approach was to draw up a list of railways for closure, thus continuing and extending the scope of the closures already carried out by BR British Rail or British Railways.

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