Party affiliation: Conservative party
Chairman, Bristol University Conservative Association, 1964-1965. National Vice-chairman, Federation of Conservative Students, 1965-1966. Chairman, Bristol City, 1965-1968.
Chairman, Bristol Federation of Young Conservatives and Vice-chairman, Bristol Conservative Association, 1970. National Chairman, Young Conservatives, 1972-1973. Vice-Chairman, National Union, 1974-1976, and member National Union Exec, and General Purposes Committee, 1967-1976, and 1983-1985.
Member, Government Advisory Committee on Pop Festivals, 1972-1975. Member, South West Economic Planning Council, 1972-1976. Member of Parliament for Wirral, 1976-1983, and for Wirral West, since 1983.
Vice President, European Conservative and Christian Democratic Youth Community. Chairman, National Youth Study Group on ‘Young People and Politics'. Chairman, Conservative Committee on Shipping and Shipbuilding, 1977-1979.
Vice-Chairman, Conservative Group for Europe, 1978-1981. Chairman, 1981-1982; Vice-Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Youth Lobby, 1978-1979. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State forTrade, 1979-1981.
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Defence, 198I-. Assistant Government Whip, 1981-1983. Lord Commissioner to the Treasury, 1983-1984.
Vice-chmn., Conservative Party, 1983-1984. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Energy, 1984-1987. Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household and Deputy Government Whip, 1987-1989.
Minister of Local Government and Inner Cities, 1989-1990. Secretary of State for Wales, since 1990. Solicitor, Partner, Beachcroft Stanleys.
Chairman, British Youth Council, 1971-1974. Governor, European Youth Foundation, Strasbourg, 1972-1975. President, British Youth Council, 1978-1980.