Sir Tony has been MP for Banbury since 1983. Between 1990 and 1995, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Energy, Department of the Environment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Sir Tony served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1995 to 97.
He was Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development from 2001 to 2005. In June 2010, he was appointed Second Church Estates Commissioner, with responsibility for answering questions in the House on the work of the Church Commissioners. Over the years Sir Tony has been involved in a number of campaigns in his constituency. Most recently, Sir Tony campaigned against the downgrading of key services at the Horton Hospital and continues to assist the HS2 and North West Bicester campaigns. Sir Tony was educated at Leighton Park, University of Sussex and Lincoln’s Inn. He was knighted for political and public services in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours.