Party affiliation: Conservative Party
Chairman, Cambridge University Conservative Association, 1960. President, Cambridge Union, 1960. Debating Tour of USA for Cambridge Union.
Member Committee of the British Atlantic Group of Young Politicians, 1970-1978. Member of Parliament, for Cleveland and Whitby, 1974-1983 and for Richmond North Yorkshire, 1983-1988. Vice-Chairman, Employment Committee of Parliamentary Conservative Party.
Opposition Spokesman on Devolution and House of Commons Affairs, 1976-1978. Opposition Spokesman on Devolution and Employment, 1978-1979. Minister of State, Home Office, 1979-1981.
Appointed member of the Privy Council, 1981. Chief Secretary to Treasury, 1981-1983. Home Secretary, 1983-1985.
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 1985-1986. Vice-President, Commission of the European Communities, since 1989. Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1962.
Chairman, Bow Group, 1964-1965. Editor, Crossbow, 1966-1967. Vice chairman Nat Association of School Governors and Managers, 1970-1978.
Queen’s Counsel, 1978. Bencher of the Inner Temple, 1983.