Sir Samuel Brittan, economist and writer, dies aged 86

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Sir Samuel Brittan, economist and writer, dies aged 86

Born in London to Lithuanian parents whose original name was Brittanowski, the Financial Times columnist was a key influence on Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government

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Tributes have been paid to an economist whose views shaped Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government after he died last week aged 86.

Sir Samuel Brittan, who was a columnist for the Financial Times from 1966 to 2014, first won fans in Harold Wilson’s incoming Labour government in 1964, and throughout his career maintained a focus on unemployment.

Born in London to Jewish parents who came from Lithuania, his family shortened their original surname – Brittanowski – as he grew up in Cricklewood, together with his brother Leon, who would later become a Conservative politician.

He and Leon were cousins of Malcolm Rifkind, another Conservative politician, as well as cousins once removed of music producer Mark Ronson.

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