Anthony Beaumont-Dark

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Sir Anthony Michael Beaumont-Dark (11 October 1932 – 2 April 2006) was a British politician.

He was born at Birmingham on October 11 1932, the son of a businessman. He was educated at Cedarhurst School, Solihull; Shirley College; Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts; and Birmingham University. He trained as an investment analyst and became a stockbroker by profession.[1]

He was a Conservative City Councillor for Birmingham from 1956 to 1967 and MP for the constituency of Birmingham Selly Oak from 1979 to 1992. He was known for being a "rent-a-quote" MP who would deliver a pithy and memorable comment on almost any public issue.

He defeated Tom Litterick of the Labour Party in 1979, and served as a backbencher until his defeat in the 1992 general election by Dr Lynne Jones, the Labour candidate. He was knighted the same year.

Viz comic featured a regular character, Sir Anthony Regents-Park, MP for Fulchester Sunnyoak, who appears to refer to Beaumont-Dark.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tom Litterick
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak
Succeeded by
Dr Lynne Jones