Party affiliation: Conservative Party
Chairman, Cambridge University Conservative Association, 1970. Vice-Chairman, Chelsea Conservative Association, 1974-1976. Member of Parliament for Putney, since 1979.
Vice-chairman, Conservative Greater London Members Committee, 1980-1981. Secretary, Conservative Parliamentary Legal Committee, 1979-1981. Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1981.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy, 1981-1983. Secretary. Conservative Parliamentary Environment Committee, 1981. Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, 1983-1986.
Minister of State at the Home Office, 1986-1987, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1987-1988, the Department of Health, 1988-1989 and the Home Office, November 1989-1990. Minister of State for the Arts, July 1990-1992, Secretary of State for National Heritage, 1992. Resigned September 1992.
Barrister, 1972; Special Trustee, Westminster Hospital, 1980-1986. Member Council, National Youth Orchestra, 1981-1985. Trustee, London Philharmonic Trust, since 1989.