William Astor was born in 1951 and educated at Eton College. After working for Citibank in New York, he joined the Westminster Press in 1973 and worked in Yorkshire, for the Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper. He then start a number of venture capital companies and in 1984 founded Cliveden Hotels Ltd, which was subsequently floated in 1997 on the London Stock Exchange.
He is currently Deputy Chairman of Chorion Plc and a Director of Urbium Plc, and Okadirect Ltd; Chairman of the investment committee of a Jupiter Asset Management operated fund. He is also Trustee of the Stanley Spencer Memorial Gallery, Cookham, Berks. He lives in Oxfordshire and is married with three children.
William Astor's Experience
William Astor made his maiden speech in 1973 and is an elected hereditary peer.
In 1990, he became a Government whip and spokesman for the Department of Environment, Home Office followed by the Department of National Heritage. In 1993 he became Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Department of Social Security and in 1994 for the Department of National Heritage with responsibility for Broadcasting, Tourism and Museums and Galleries.
Following the general Election of 1997 he became Opposition Spokesman for Home Affairs and from 2002 was Opposition Spokesman for Transport. He is also a member of the Wantage Conservative Association and has canvassed in every general election since 1979. Since 2005, he has served as a Shadow Minister in the Lords for Culture, Media & Sport.
His interests include broadcasting, home affairs and he is a member of the All Party Racing Committee.