Party affiliation: Conservative Party
Leader, Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County Council, Deputy Leader, Gateshead Borough Council. Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham, since 1983. Member. Conservative Party National Executive.
Member. National General Purposes Committee, Vice-Chairman, Conservative National Local Government Committee. Member. Select Committee on Agriculture, since 1987, on Transport, since 1987. Chairman, British-Morocco Group.
PPS. Welsh Office, 1988-1991. PPS, Department of Employment, since 1992. Member. North of England Development Council, and Executive Board of Washington Development Corporation, member, British Youth Council Executive.
Member. Board of Northern Arts. Principal Organiser, National Fund for Research into Crippling Diseases.