Party affiliation: Conservative Party
Special assistant, to Right Honourable Sir Alec Douglas Home, 1963-1964. Head of Private Office of Right Honourable Edward Heath, 1965-1968. Former Chairman, Bow Group, Young Conservatives External Relations Committee.
First President, Conservative and Christian Democrat Youth Community. Member of Parliament for South Norfolk, since 1974. Member. Public Accounts and Expenditure Committees, 1974-1975 and 1975-1977.
Conservative Opposition Whip, 1977-1979. Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 1979-1981. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Industry, 1981-1983.
Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1983-1985. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, 1985-1987. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1987-1989.
Secretary of State for Education and Science, 1989-1990. Lord Pres, of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, 1990-1992. Secretary of State for Transport. since 1992.
Administrator, London University, 1961-1962. Editorial staff. New Society (journal), 1962-1963. Business exec. City of London, 1968-1979.
Former Director, Hill Samuel & Company Ltd. and Hill Samuel Registrars Ltd.