Biography and Notes
Baptised at St. George's, Benenden. Educated at Harrow School 1921-26; matric. at Oxford (Trinity College, History Scholar) October 1926; 2nd class History and BA 1930, MA 1948.
At Harrow he was in the School Cricket XI 1923-26, and the School Racket pair 1925-26; at Oxford in the Cricket XI of the University 1926-30.
Royal Auxiliary Air Force 1936-39. Royal Air Force 1939-47. Balkan Intelligence Service (Assistant Air Attache Belgrade, Sofia, Ankara) 1940. Shot down over Western Desert while commanding 34 (F) Squadron July 1941. Prisoner of War (Germany) 1942-45. Official historian of R.A.F. escape in Germany 1946-47.
M.P. (Labour) N. Bucks. 1945-51. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Colonies 1945-48. Delegate to the Council of Europe 1949-51. Under Secretary of State, Air Ministry 1950-51. Resigned from Labour Party 1956. M.P. (Cons.) West Derbyshire 1962-68.
1951-54 made documentary films for B.B.C. 1955-56 Founder Editor Independent Television News. 1957-58 Consultant to Thames Television for Intertel programmes. 1958-60, Member of Monckton Commission on Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. 1967 Founder Chairman of London Weekend Television: President 1972-74. Made documentary films in conjunction with E.M.I. Films Ltd. 1975-78.
Publications: Escape from Germany, 1956; De Gaulle, a biography, 1969; The Rise of Western Germany, 1972.
Children: Andrew Hayward, born 21 June 1947; Harriet Spencer, born 10 Sept. 1948; Randall Stafford, born 14 July 1950.