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Cyril David TOWNSEND

member of parliament

Cyril David TOWNSEND, British Member of Parliament.


TOWNSEND, Cyril David was born on December 21, 1937. Parents: Lieut.-Col. C.M. Townsend.


Bradfield College; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.


Personal Asst, to Right Honourable Edward Heath, Member of the Order of the British Empire, Member of Parliament, 1968-1970. Conservative Research Department, 1970-1974. Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath, since 1974.

Former Chairman, All-Party Freedom for Rudolph Hess campaign. Former Chairman Bow Group Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Chairman, British-Cyprus Parliamentary Group.

Vice-Chairman. Friends of Cyprus and Political Committee, United Nations Association. Member, Commons Select Committee on Violence in the Family. Introduced Protection of Children Act 1978.

Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister of State, Department of Health and Social Security (Disablement), 1979. Chairman, Commons Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill. 1981; Joint-Chmn., for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding.

Vice-Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Defence Committee. Vice-chairman, Conservative Middle East Council. Member. Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1982-1983.

Chairman and Co-Founder, South Atlantic Council, since 1983. British Parliamentary Observer, Presidential Election in The Lebanon, 1982. Led Lambeth Palace Parliamentary delegation to Iran, 1988.

Officer, Durham Light Infantry 1958, served in Berlin, Cyprus and Borneo, Adjutant 1966-1968, Aide-de-Camp to HE The Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Hong Kong, 1964-1966.


  • Helping Others to Help Themselves - Voluntary Action in the Eighties, 1981.


Clubs: Industry and Parliament Trust (Fellow). Hansard Society (Chmn.).


  • Other Interests

    Books; exercise; reading.


Spouse Anita Walshe, 1976. Children: two s.