John Astor, 3rd Baron Astor of Hever
|John Jacob Astor VIII|
John Jacob Astor VIII, 3rd Baron Astor of Hever
|Born||16 June 1946|
|Spouse(s)||Fiona Diana Lennox Harvey
(m. 1970—1990; divorced)
Elizabeth Constance Mackintosh
Tania Jentie Astor
Violet Magdalene Astor
Charles Gavin John Astor
Olivia Alexandra Elizabeth Astor
Irene Violet Freesia Janet Augusta Haig
|Relatives||John Jacob Astor V (grandfather)
Violet Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (grandmother)
Douglas Haig (grandfather)
George John Charles Mercer Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice (half-uncle)
John Astor (uncle)
George Alexander Eugene Douglas Haig (uncle)
John Jacob "Johnny" Astor VIII, 3rd Baron Astor of Hever, DL (born 16 June 1946) is an English businessman and Conservative elected hereditary peer in the House of Lords. He is currently a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defense. He is also a member of the Astor family.
Family and personal life
Johnny was born 16 June 1946. He is the eldest of five children born to Gavin Astor (1918—1984) and Irene Violet Freesia Janet Augusta Haig (1919—2001). He became Baron after his father died from cancer in June 1984. Johnny's younger siblings are Bridget (born 1948), Elizabeth (born 1951), Sarah (born 1953), and Philip (born 1959).
He has been married twice:
- Fiona Diana Lennox Harvey (1 July 1970 — 1990, divorced); three daughters and one granddaughter:
- Camilla Astor (born 8 May 1974)
- Raya Trusted (born March 2008)
- Tania Jentie Astor (born 18 April 1978)
- Violet Magdalene Astor (born 1980)
- Camilla Astor (born 8 May 1974)
- Elizabeth Constance "Liz" Mackintosh (1990—present); two children:
- Charles Gavin John Astor (born 10 November 1990)
- Olivia Alexandra Elizabeth Astor (born 21 August 1992)
The family lives in Westerham, Kent. He suffered from a heart attack in early 2008. After recovering, he stated "I feel I have been given another chance at life," and that "There are things I want to do with it, like helping other people and devoting a bit more time to the charities I'm involved in." 
Education and military career
Astor was educated at Eton before serving with the Life Guards (the senior regiment of the English Army, part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment) from 1966 until 1970, where he visited Malaysia, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland as well as ceremonial duties in London.
He worked in France for 11 years, and is now patron of the Conservatives in Paris.
In 1994, Lord Astor of Hever was a British Parliamentary Observer in Johannesburg during the South African General Election. He was a member of the Executive, Association of Conservative Peers from 1996-1998. In 1999 he was elected to the House of Lords.
From 1998-2001, he served as an Opposition Spokesman on Social Security and Health from 1998-2003. From 2001, he has been an Opposition Spokesman for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, and International Development, and from 2003 to 2010, Opposition Spokesman for Defense. He is, as of May 2010, a Lord in Waiting.
He is Former Hon Vice Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council In 1995 he piloted through the House of Lords the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act and in 1996 the Trading Schemes Act.
Astor is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He is also president of the Durand Group (WWI Research) and the Westerham Branch of the Royal British Legion and trustee of the "Astor of Hever Trust". He is a former patron of the "Edenbridge and District Rifle Club", the "League of Friends of Edenbridge Hospital", the "Durand Group", the "Kent Youth Association", the "Bridge Trust", the "Aquarian Opera", the "Edenbridge Music & Arts Trust", and the "Worldwide Volunteering for Young People". Astor was formerly president of the Motorsport Industry Association, the Earl Haig branch of The Royal British Legion, the "Eden Valley Museum", and the Kent County Royal British Legion. He was also president of RoSPA and Chairman of St John, Kent, in the "Kent Committee of the Country Land and Business Association" from 1987 to 1997.
Lord Astor was appointed as honorary member of the Lions Club Walldorf-Astoria in October 2012.
- Jardine, Cassandra. "Lord Astor of Hever: 'If this had happened anywhere else, I'd be dead'". Telegraph. Retrieved 03 March 2008.
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Lord Astor on the Conservative Party's website
- Honorary Member of the Lions Club Walldorf-Astoria, Germany
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