Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
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British diplomat and politician.
1938 – Born on the 2nd of July in the town of Plympton, beside Plymouth in Devon, England.
1960 – Owen joined the Vauxhall branch of the Labour Party and the Fabian Society.
1966 – Returned to his home town and was elected Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for the Plymouth Sutton constituency.
1974 – Became Labour MP for the adjacent Plymouth Devonport constituency, winning it from the Tory incumbent Dame Joan Vickers.
1968-1970 – Served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Navy in Harold Wilson’s first government.
– Married Deborah Owen (née Schabert), an American literary agent. They have two sons and one daughter.
1972 – Protest at the Labour Leader Harold Wilson’s attitude to the EEC; he left the Labour Shadow cabinet.
1977-1979 – British foreign secretary.
1981 – Resigned from the Labour Party when it rejected "one member, one vote".
1983-1987 – He led the SDP Social Democratic Party.
1988-1990 – Owen re-formed SDP Social Democratic Party.
EC envoy to Yugoslavia, co-developer and co-eponym of Vance-Owen plan.