Tony Marlow

Last updated

Antony Rivers Marlow (born 17 June 1940), known as Tony Marlow, is a British former Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) between 1979 and 1997.

Contents

Early life

Born in Greenwich, London, Marlow was educated at Wellington College, RMA Sandhurst and St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

At the age of ten he spent a year in Istanbul crossing the Bosporus daily to go to school.

Marlow was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1960, spending four years in the BAOR - including time as troop commander of the, then, only amphibious bridging troop, retiring as a Captain in 1969.[ citation needed ]

Parliamentary career

After leaving the army he was employed in management consultancy and commercial development.Before he entered the House, Marlow unsuccessfully fought Normanton in February 1974 and Rugby in October 1974. He gained Northampton North at the 1979 election, defeating the Labour MP Maureen Colquhoun.

Subsequently, he had a reliably Eurosceptic voting record, voting against the Single European Act and the Maastricht Treaty, as well as against the entry of Spain and Portugal into the EEC. [1] He was one of the eight Conservative MPs who had the party whip withdrawn for opposing a confidence vote, called during the debates on Maastricht Treaty. Together with other rebels, he supported an ultimately successful Labour amendment which set the level of VAT on fuel at half the government's proposed level, a rate that remains to this day. [2]

After losing the whip for his rebellion over the Maastricht Treaty, Marlow endorsed John Redwood's unsuccessful challenge to John Major for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1995. [3]

He was for many years Chairman of the UK Palestine All Party Group, leading and organising delegations to meet Yasser Arafat and to visit Southern Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.[ citation needed ]

With Professor Alan Woodruff of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Marlow campaigned against dog nuisance based on the dangers arising from Toxocara canis , initiating the Parliamentary campaign through the introduction of a ten-minute rule bill.[ citation needed ]

Marlow was Chairman of the Crossrail Private Bill Committee [the last such committee]. Although impressed by the concept, at the time demand for urban travel in London was declining with increasingly sophisticated electronic communications leading to a progressive closure of back offices. It also became apparent that sufficient Treasury funding was unlikely to be forthcoming and that had the Bill been agreed, large parts of east London would have been threatened with planning blight. The Committee voted against the Bill.

He was censured by the then-speaker Betty Boothroyd for referring to Harriet Harman as a "stupid cow" during a debate about mad cow disease on 25 March 1996. [4]

Marlow lost his seat in the 1997 election to Labour's Sally Keeble.

Since leaving Parliament Marlow has been farming in West Wales with a flock of sheep, 70 pure bred Limousin cattle, arable and woodland - over 100 acres of which he has planted. He has also designed and built/converted twenty five houses. He has a large family.

Related Research Articles

Nicholas William Budgen, often called Nick Budgen, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Bill Cash British politician

Sir William Nigel Paul Cash is a British Conservative politician who has served as a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1984. He was first elected for Stafford and then for Stone in Staffordshire in 1997. Cash is a prominent Eurosceptic in the House of Commons. After his tenth election victory in the 2019 general election, aged 79, Cash became the oldest sitting member of the House of Commons.

Maastricht Rebels

The Maastricht Rebels were British Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the then governing Conservative Party who refused to support the government of Prime Minister John Major in a series of votes in the House of Commons on the issue of the implementation of the Maastricht Treaty in British law.

Richard Bacon (politician) British politician

Richard Michael Bacon is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Norfolk since 2001.

Clive Efford British Labour politician

Clive Stanley Efford is a British Labour Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Eltham since 1997.

Albert Owen British Labour politician

Albert Owen is a Welsh Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ynys Môn from 2001 to 2019. He took the seat in the 2001 election from Plaid Cymru with a margin of exactly eight hundred votes and retained the seat at the four subsequent general elections. During his time in Parliament, he was a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, Welsh Affairs Select Committee and the International Development Committee. He was also a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairs and vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on cancer.

John Grogan (politician) British politician

John Timothy Grogan is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Selby between 1997 and 2010 and for Keighley between 2017 and 2019. He is currently chair of the Mongolian–British Chamber of Commerce (MBCC).

Nick Harvey British Liberal Democrat politician

Sir Nicholas Barton Harvey is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Devon from 1992 until 2015 and the Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 2010 to 2012.

Calum Alistair MacDonald was Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for the Western Isles from 1987 until he was defeated by Angus MacNeil of the Scottish National Party at the 2005 general election.

John Wilkinson (British politician)

John Arbuthnot Du Cane Wilkinson was a British Conservative politician. He was educated at Eton College and Churchill College, Cambridge.

Richard Shepherd

Sir Richard Charles Scrimgeour Shepherd is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for the constituency of Aldridge-Brownhills from 1979 to 2015.

Richard Ryder, Baron Ryder of Wensum

Richard Andrew Ryder, Baron Ryder of Wensum, is a British Conservative Party politician. A former Member of Parliament (MP) and government minister, he was made a life peer in 1997 and is now a member of the House of Lords.

Christopher Gill

Christopher John Fred Gill RD is a politician in the United Kingdom, and a former member of the National Executive Committee of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). He is also the current President of The Freedom Association (TFA). A former Conservative Party Member of Parliament, he was one of the Maastricht Rebels of the mid-1990s.

Philip Hollobone British politician

Philip Thomas Hollobone is a British Conservative Party politician and former investment banker. He has been the Member of Parliament for Kettering since the 2005 general election.

William Connoll WalkerOBE, known as Bill Walker, was a British Conservative Party politician who served as Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2000 until 2008. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Perth and East Perthshire later Tayside North from 1979 to 1997. He never held any office in government and was one of the Maastricht Rebels against the embattled administration of John Major during the mid-1990s.

Michael Reginald Harry Carttiss is a former British Conservative Party politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth from 1983 to 1997.

1993 vote of confidence in the Major ministry

The 1993 confidence motion in the second Major ministry was an explicit confidence motion in the British Conservative Party government of John Major. It was proposed in order to ensure support in the British Parliament for the passing of the Maastricht Treaty. Due to previous defeats caused when Eurosceptic Conservative MPs voted with the opposition, the Government had to obtain support for its policy on the Social Chapter before the European Communities Amendment Act 1993 could come into effect and allow the United Kingdom to ratify the treaty. Dissenting Conservative MPs were willing to vote against the Government, but had to come into line on a confidence motion or else lose the Conservative whip. Only one eurosceptic MP was deliberately absent; and as a result, the motion passed by 40 votes and the United Kingdom ratified the Maastricht Treaty.

Stephen Metcalfe (politician) British Conservative politician

Stephen James Metcalfe is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom, who was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Basildon and East Thurrock in 2010. He has served as the chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee.

Alec Shelbrooke British Conservative politician

The Rt. Hon. Alec Edward Shelbrooke PC MP is a British Conservative politician who has been Member of Parliament for Elmet and Rothwell since 2010.

Robert Largan British Conservative politician

Robert Largan is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for High Peak at the 2019 general election.

References

  1. "EXTENDED MEANING OF THE TREATIES" AND THE COMMUNITY TREATIES" (Hansard, 10 December 1985)". Hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. Donald Macintyre (7 December 1994). "Rebels defeat Major on fuel tax". The Independent. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. Stephen Castle and Paul Routledge (2 July 1995). "THE TORY LEADERSHIP 1: Will they both be dumped?". The Independent. Retrieved 1 October 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199596/cmhansrd/vo960325/debtext/60325-06.htm
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maureen Colquhoun
Member of Parliament for Northampton North
19791997
Succeeded by
Sally Keeble