Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Douglas Harvey RA (25 January 1914 – 10 January 1987) was a British businessman and politician, serving as a Conservative Member of Parliament and junior Minister until his resignation in 1958.
Ian Douglas Harvey was educated at Fettes College
and Christ Church, Oxford
, where he was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association
in 1935, and the Oxford Carlton Club and the Oxford Union Society
in 1936. He graducated with a BA in 1937.
During the Second World War he served in the anti-aircraft arm of the Royal Artillery, becoming the Adjutant of 123 LAA Regiment RA in 1940 and the Brigade Major of 33 AA Brigade RA in 1943, before serving on the staff of HQ AA Command in 1944. After studying at the Staff College, Camberley, he became Brigade Major of 100 AA Brigade in North-West Europe in 1945.
After the War he served as Lieutenant-Colonel commanding 566 LAA Regiment RA (City of London Rifles) from 1947 to 1950.
In 1949, he married Clare Mayhew, daughter of Sir Basil Mayhew. The couple would have two daughters.
Post-war, he worked in public relations. He was a member of the Advertising Association and the Institute of Public Relations, and published Talk of Propaganda (1947) and The Technique of Persuasion (1951). From 1949 to 1956 he was a director of W. S. Crawford, an advertising firm.
He originally stood as a Parliamentary candidate for the seat of Spelthorne
in Middlesex in the 1945 general election
, but was defeated; his next political venture was to Kensington borough council, where he held a seat from 1947 to 1952, from 1949 to 1952 also being the Kensington representative on the London County Council
and a governor of Birkbeck College
. In the 1950 general election
he stood for Harrow East
, winning the seat and holding it in the 1951 general election
. From 1955 to 1957 he was secretary of the 1922 Committee
. He was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Supply
in 1956, becoming a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
at the Foreign Office
In November 1958, Harvey and a Guardsman from the Coldstream Guards
were found in the bushes in St. James's Park
and arrested; Harvey tried but failed to escape, and attempted to give a false name on arrest. Both were charged with gross indecency
and breach of the park regulations; when tried on 10 December
, the indecency charge was dropped and both were fined £5
. Harvey subsequently resigned his ministerial post and his seat, forcing a by-election early in 1959
; he paid the guardsman's fine as well as his own.
He returned to his earlier public relations work, acting as a director of Colman, Prentis and Varley from 1962 to 1963, and as Advertising Controller of Yardley of London from 1963 to 1964, when he became their Advertising Director, a position he held until 1966. From 1972 onwards he was the Vice-President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality
, and from 1980 onwards Chairman of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality
. He was the Chairman of Paddington Conservative Association from 1980 to 1983, and Westminster North Conservative Association in 1983. He contested the latter seat for the Inner London Education Authority
in 1986, and chaired one of the ILEA's boards on tertiary education from 1985 until his death.