About Sir Tony
Early Life & Education
Sir Tony was born on 10 July 1950.
He was educated at Leighton Park, University of Sussex, and Lincoln’s Inn.
Sir Tony 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 was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1983 and served continuously as MP for North Oxfordshire until 2015.
He held various ministerial posts during the 1990s, 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. Tony led nearly 30 overseas business export missions which have won millions of pounds of orders.
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. He held this position until he stood down at the General Election in 2015.
Over the years, Sir Tony 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, build Bicester Community Hospital and protect local post offices. He also joined with the District and County Council to fight the former Government’s proposals to build an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Bicester and continues to support the North West Bicester project.
In September 2014, Sir Tony announced that he would stand down at the 2015 General Election after 32 years as MP for Banbury. Following the announcement, the Prime Minister said that Sir Tony was a “first class MP” and his “wise counsel” would be missed.
Sir Tony, a practising barrister specialising in Construction Law, was awarded the Robert Schumann Silver Medal for contribution to European politics in 1975.
Church Buildings Council
Sir Tony was appointed Chair-designate of the Church Buildings Council in September 2014. The Church Buildings Council is a statutory body accountable to the General Synod and is supported by a group of expert officers within the Cathedral and Church Buildings division of the Church of England. He officially took on the chairmanship at the end of March 2015 when he stood down as MP.
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 is also Chair of the Trustees of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
To access a copy of Sir Tony’s CV, please click on the following link: Sir Tony Baldry CV (2016).