Sir Tony Baldry was educated at Leighton Park, University of Sussex, and Lincoln’s Inn and has been an MP since 1983. He was knighted for political and public services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012.
He held various ministerial posts from 1990 until the last General Election, serving as Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1995-97.
Sir Tony was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1994-95, with a range of responsibilities including South Asia, Africa, North America and the West Indies.
Between 1990 and 1994, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of the Environment, responsible for all aspects of the Department’s work including environmental protection, construction, housing and planning.
He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Energy in 1990 when, together with John Wakeham, he privatised the electricity industry. Sir Tony has led nearly 30 overseas business export missions which have won millions of pounds of orders.
He was Personal Aide to Margaret Thatcher in the October 1974 General Election and subsequently remained in her private office when she became Leader of the Opposition.
Sir Tony, a practising barrister specialising in Construction Law, was awarded the Robert Schumann Silver Medal for contribution to European politics in 1975.
He takes a keen interest in foreign affairs, particularly Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and is a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute and on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute and Chatham House.
Tony was Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development in the last Parliament.
Sir Tony was Chairman of the Conservative Human Rights Commission from 2009-10. He is President of the Pakistani UK India Friendship Society.
Sir Tony was appointed Second Church Estates Commissioner in June 2010, with responsibility for answering questions in the House in a manner similar to questions to ministers on the work of the Church Commissioners.
Over the years, Sir Tony has worked closely with local organisations and residents groups to ensure that vital services are protected.
Key campaigns have included the fight to keep the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and protect local post offices.
He has played a key role in helping the unemployed get back into work and was the driving force behind the Banbury and Bicester Job Clubs. He also continues to ensure that Planning Ministers are aware of the recent influx of opportunistic planning applications in the constituency and has sought to ensure that consideration is given to the District’s five-year housing supply and Draft Local Plan.
As of March, Sir Tony had made 514 contributions in the House since 2010.