Willard Garfield Weston

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Willard Garfield Weston, (February 26, 1898 - October 22, 1978), was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He led George Weston Limited and its various subsidiaries and associated companies, including Associated British Foods, for half a century and established one of the world’s largest food processing and distribution concerns. He also served as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons during World War II.[1]

Role in Parliament

According to the website of Allied Bakeries:

In 1939 he was elected by acclamation as a Conservative MP in the working class riding of Macclesfield, preaching Empire, unity and working harder for Britain. When war broke out he was appointed minister of supply, and acted as a secret emmisary for the British war cabinet in negotiations with both Ireland and the United States. His single most recognized contribution to the war effort was his personal donation of one hundred thousand pounds to purchase Spitfires to replace those lost in action on 18th August 1940.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 Allied Bakeries Garfield Weston, accessed 3 September 2010
  2. Aims of Industry 30 years of Aims of Industry London: Aims of Industry 1972.
  3. Buckingham University Department of Education >> Staff , accessed 3 September 2010