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Airey Neave
Airey Neave (1916-1979)

Airey Neave, war hero and the first Englishman to escape from Colditz, barrister, poilitician and shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was assassinated by the the INLA in March 1979, in the car park of the House of Commons.  He had led the campaign which brought Margaret Thatcher to the leadership of the Conservative party, and his death came a month before the General Election following which she became Prime Minister.

In the wake of the killing of Airey Neave by Irish terrorists in 1979, the Airey Neave Trust was established through public subscription, to further research and understanding in relation to Freedom under the Law, and especially about issues regarding the analysis of and the best response to terrorist violence.
Over the years since its foundation, the Trust has enabled people to produce work of a high calibre and of enduring significance in this field – examples include books by Dr John Horgan - Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements, James Harkin - Hunting Season and James Fergusson - The World’s Most Dangerous Place:  Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia and Al-Britannia, My Country.  The Trust has also funded events which have furthered discussion and debate and appropriate response - including a consultation at St George’s House on Countering Violent Extremism Post Arab Spring and a National Security Fellowship Scheme on Countering IEDs and Detecting Home-made Explosives.


The Trust is delighted to announce that the winner of the Neave Book Prize 2020 is Audrey Kurth Cronin for her book - Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists

Please see our NEWS section for further information.


The new biography of Airey Neave - The Man who was Saturday - by Patrick Bishop was published on March 7th 2019.  The Trust held a launch party in London on March 14th attended by many members of the Neave family, policitians and journalists.  The Prime Minister was unable to attend but sent the following tribute:

I am delighted to send my best wishes to you as you celebrate the launch of this new biography of Airey Neave.
In the year in which we mark the 40th anniversary of Airey Neave's assassination, it is important not only to commemorate his tragic death but also to celebrate his remarkable life.  From his extraordinary service during the Second World War to his work as a Member of Parliament, he was a dedicated public servant.  Through his work with Margaret Thatcher he played a key role in the leadership of the Conservative Party at a crucial time in British politics, and in doing so helped to lay the foundations of the United Kingdom's revival under Mrs Thatcher's leadership.
The work of the Airey Neave Trust keeps his legacy alive and reminds up of the need to tackle terrorism and extremism in our own age.  I hope that this biography by Patrick Bishop will bring Airey Neave's story to a new generation, and will remind us all of the patriotism and courage he demonstrated throughout his life.


The winner of the Neave Book Prize 2018 is The Secret World: A History of Intelligence, written by Professor Christopher Andrew,