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John Ernest TOWNEND

member of parliament

John Ernest TOWNEND, British Member of Parliament.


TOWNEND, John Ernest was born in 1934. Parents: the late Charles Townend.


Hymers College, Hull.


Councillor. Humberside County Council, 1973, Conservative Group Leader and Shadow Chairman of Policy Committee, then Chairman and Council Leader. Member. ACC Policy Committee, 1977. Member of Parliament for Bridlington, since 1979.

Member. Conservative National Advisory Committee on Local Government. Former Secretary, Conservative Backbench Finance Committee. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister of Pensions and Disabled.

Chairman, Conservative Backbench Finance Committee. Articled clerk in chartered accountnacy, 1951-1957. Royal Air Force Pilot Officer, 59.

Company Secretary and Finance Director, family business, 1959, Managing Director 79, now Chairman. Chairman Yorks and Humberside Wine and Spirit Merchants Association 1975-1976. Lloyd’s Underwriter, 1977, Director, AAH (Holdings) Ltd., Vice-Chairman.

Surrey Building Society.


Clubs: Industry and Parliament Trust (Fellow). Carlton Club.


  • Other Interests

    Swimming, tennis.


Spouse Jennifer Lawson. 1963; children: two son, tow d.