Party affiliation: Conservative Party
Councillor, Bexley Borough Council, 1974-1982. Chairman, Social Services Committee, 1975-1978 and 1980-1982. Chairman, Bexley Heath Authority, 1981-1983.
Member of Parliament for Gillingham, since 1983. Member. Select Committee for Social Services, 1983-1984. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister for Social Security, 1984-1985, Minister for Health, 1986-1988 and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1988-1989.
Secretary of State for Social Security, 1989-1990. Member, Select Committee for Health, 1991-1992. Member, Public Accounts Committee, since 1992.
Teacher, 1963-1964; representative and property negotiator in the oil industry, 1964-1970. Family licensed trade company, since 1970. Manager 1970-1974, General Manager 1974-1980, Director since 1980.