Moonman, Eric (b 1929) politician and academic

ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: Eric Moonman was born in Liverpool in April 1929. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Billericay 1966-70 and Basildon 1974-9. Moonman was educated at Liverpool and Manchester Universities and became a senior research fellow in the Department of Management Science at Manchester University. He was a councillor on Stepney Borough Council, serving as Council Leader until 1965, and on the London Borough of Tower Hamlets from 1964.

Moonman contested Chigwell in 1964 without success and was elected for Billericay in the 1966 general election, losing the seat four years later. He then was elected for Basildon at the February 1974 election, but again lost his seat at the 1979 general election. In the 1980s, he joined the short-lived Social Democratic Party (SDP). Since then, he has pursued an academic career, and is currently Professor of Management at City University, London and Senior Fellow, University of Liverpool.


  • General papers, correpsondence and press cuttings regarding mental health, industry, local constituency issues, the Laker Skytrain and the Middle East, 1975-1979.
  • Press cuttings regarding Moonman's local and national political activities, 1968-1972.
  • Election ephemera, 1974-1979.
  • Papers regarding the energy crisis and oil policy, 1973-1974.
  • Constituency correspondence, 1976-1978.