He was the son of Arthur Allen and Louie Tipper and educated at King Edward VII School in Sheffield and Queens' College, Cambridge where he read Law. He came top of his year in the Civil Service administrative examinations in 1934.
Allen joined the Home Office in 1934 and served in the War Cabinet (1943–44), then as Deputy Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (1955–60). He then became Deputy Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office (1960–62), Second Secretary at HM Treasury (1963–66), and Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office (1966–72).
As deputy chairman of the Prison Commission for England and Wales from 1950–52, he advised against a reprieve for Timothy Evans, hanged in 1950 for the murder of his baby daughter at 10 Rillington Place, London. He also thought that Evans was guilty of the murder of his wife, for which Evans had not been prosecuted. Evans was pardoned in 1966 and Evans' neighbour, John Christie, was held responsible for strangling his own wife and five other women as well as Evans' wife, to which he confessed. When the Home Office files were published, Allen expressed his deep regret at the advice he had given.
Together with Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Frank Newsam, Allen unsuccessfully urged a reprieve for Derek Bentley, who was hanged aged 19 in 1953 for the murder of a policeman. Bentley, who was already under arrest at the time, had allegedly called to an armed accomplice, Christopher Craig, "Let him have it, Chris!", when they were caught in a burglary. The remark, if made, was ambiguous, possibly urging surrender of Craig's gun, rather than inciting Craig to murder. In 1998, Bentley received a posthumous pardon. Craig was imprisoned, being under-age for execution, and was later released.
Allen was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1954 Birthday Honours, promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in the 1964 Birthday Honours and to Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in the 1970 Birthday Honours.
In 1975, under the provisions of the Referendum Act, he oversaw as "Chief Counting Officer" for the European Communities membership referendum on 5 June, the first referendum ever to be held across the United Kingdom and saw voters approve continued membership by 67% of voters to 32% on a national turnout of 64%.
Announced in the 1976 Birthday Honours, Allen was created a life peer as Baron Allen of Abbeydale, of the City of Sheffield, on 12 July 1976. He sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher. From 1973 to 1978 he was a member of the Pearson commission.
He was chairman of the council of Royal Holloway College during its merger with Bedford College in 1985.
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Allen is a Celtic surname, originating in Scotland, and common in Ireland, Wales and England. It is a variation of the surname MacAllen and may be derived from two separate sources: Ailin, in Scottish and Irish Gaelic, means both "little rock" and "harmony", or it may also be derived from the Celtic Aluinn, which means "handsome". Variant spellings include Alan, Allan, etc. The noble family of this surname, from which a branch went to Portugal, is descended of one Alanus de Buckenhall.
In Ireland, Allen is the Anglicization of the Gaelic name Ó h-Ailín. Allen is the 41st most common surname in England.Deaths in November 2007
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Philip Allen, Baron Allen of Abbeydale
Sir Arthur Armitage
Sir Harold Bailey
Sir John Banham
Sir Derek Bowett
Sir Stephen Brown
Sir Reader Bullard
Sir Humphrey Cripps
Sir Andrew Crockett
Sir Richard Dearlove
Joost de Blank
Mohamed A. El-Erian
Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton
Sir Frederick Gentle
M. S. Gill
Sir Martin Harris
Ronald Oxburgh, Baron Oxburgh
Sir Thomas Padmore
Sir William Peel
Sir Samuel Provis
Herbert Edward Ryle
Bernardo Sepulveda Amor
Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
Edward James Stone
Sir Morris Sugden
Hugh Thomas, Baron Thomas of Swynnerton
Sir Shenton Thomas
Robert John Tillyard
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Philip or Phillip Allen may refer to:
Philip Allen, Baron Allen of Abbeydale (1912–2007), British civil servant
Philip Allen (Assemblyman) (1832–1915), American politician from Wisconsin
Philip Allen (politician) (1785–1865), American politician from Rhode Island
Philip K. Allen (1910–1996), American educator and politician in the Massachusetts Senate
Phillip R. Allen (1939–2012), American stage, film, and television actor
Phillip E. Allen, American engineer
Philip Allen (footballer) (1902–1992), British footballerTimothy Evans
Timothy John Evans (20 November 1924 – 9 March 1950) was a Welshman falsely convicted and hanged for the murder of his wife and infant daughter at their residence at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London. In January 1950, he was tried for and convicted of the murder of his daughter. He was sentenced to death by hanging, a sentence that was later carried out. During his trial, Evans had accused his downstairs neighbour, John Christie, of committing the murders.
Three years after Evans's execution, Christie was found to be a serial killer who had murdered six other women in the same house, including his own wife. Before his execution, Christie confessed to murdering Mrs. Evans. An official inquiry concluded in 1966 that Christie had also murdered Evans's daughter, and Evans was granted a posthumous pardon.
The case generated much controversy and is acknowledged as a serious miscarriage of justice. Along with those of Derek Bentley and Ruth Ellis, the case played a major part in the abolition of capital punishment in the United Kingdom for murder in 1965.