John Stanley (MP for Tonbridge and Malling)
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|The Right Honourable
Sir John Stanley
|Member of Parliament
for Tonbridge and Malling
28 February 1974 – 7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
12 January 1942 |
Marylebone, London, England
|Alma mater||Lincoln College, Oxford|
Stanley was educated at two independent schools: at Copthorne Preparatory School near Crawley in West Sussex and Repton School in the village of Repton in Derbyshire, followed by Lincoln College at the University of Oxford, where he read Modern History. He also studied at Syracuse University.
Stanley contested the Newton seat in 1970. He was first elected to Parliament at the February 1974 election, prior to which he had worked for the Conservative Research Department as an advisor on housing policy. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher from 1976 to 1979, during her time as Leader of the Opposition.
He was made Minister of State with responsibility for housing at the Department of the Environment following the Conservative victory at the 1979 general election. Four years later he was moved to become Minister of State for the Armed Forces in the Ministry of Defence. Following the 1987 general election Stanley was moved to the Northern Ireland Office, once again as Minister of State, but left the government front bench in 1988 and has remained on the back benches since.
He was re-adopted as the Conservative party candidate for his constituency in 2008 for the 2010 general election, when he was 68 years old.
In early 2014 he became embroiled in the controversial Royal Mail sell off after it became apparent that he received fees worth thousands of pounds for consultancy work for one of the big City investors who were granted priority access to shares in the privatised Royal Mail.
He married Susan Giles on 21 December 1968 in the City of London. They have a son and daughter.
- The London Gazette: . 13 December 1988. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "MP to step down after forty years". This is Kent. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- Tory MP Sir John Stanley works as consultant to top investor in Royal Mail float - UK Politics - UK - The Independent