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John Astor

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Defence)

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Lord Astor of  Hever was born in 1946 and educated at Eton.  From 1965 - 1970 he served in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (The Life Guards) in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland and on ceremonial duties in London.  

From 2005 to 2010 he was Honorary Colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment, which has recently transferred from the Territorial to Regular Army and specialises in bomb and improvised explosive device (IED) disposal. He worked in France for 11 years and is Patron of the Conservatives in Paris. He is a Trustee of The Astor of Hever Trust and a member of the Regimental Council, The Life Guards, and is President of the Durand Group (WWI) Research.

He is a former Chairman of the Rochester Cathedral Trust and St John, Kent; a former Vice Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council; a former Patron of the Westerham Sea Cadets; a former President of Kent County Agricultural Society, the Earl Haig Branch, the Kent and the  Westerham Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Motorsport Industry Association, RoSPA and the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival.
 
Lord Astor is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and is married with one son and four daughters.

In 1994, Lord Astor was a British Parliamentary Observer in Johannesburg during the South African General Election. In 1995 he piloted through the House of Lords the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act and in 1996 the Trading Schemes Act.  He was a member of the Executive, Association of Conservative Peers from 1996 - 1998.  In 1999 he was elected a Hereditary Peer.  From  1998 - 2001, he served as an Opposition Spokesman for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, and International Development, and from 2003 Defence. 

Responsibilities

Lord Astor is a spokesman on Defence policy, operations, personnel, equipment and legacy issues.