Richard Tracey

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Richard Tracey JP AM
Member of the London Assembly
for Merton and Wandsworth
Assumed office
1 May 2008
Preceded by Elizabeth Howlett
Majority 9,981
Member of Parliament
for Surbiton
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Nigel Fisher
Succeeded by Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton)
Personal details
Born (1943-02-08) 8 February 1943 (age 72)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Birmingham

Richard Patrick Tracey JP (born 8 February 1943) is a British Conservative politician from London. He is a Member of the London Assembly representing Merton & Wandsworth, and is Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group.

Early life[edit]

Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford upon Avon, and the University of Birmingham (LLB Honours). Leader Writer, Daily Express 1964-66: Presenter and Reporter, BBC TV and radio current affairs programmes, presenter of several documentary programmes 1966-78: Public Affairs Consultant 1978-83 and 1997-2008: Author of 'World of Motor Sport' (with Richard Hudson-Evans) 1971 and 'Hickstead - The First Twelve Years' (with Michael Clayton) 1972

Political career[edit]


After unsuccessfully contesting Northampton North in October 1974, he was MP for Surbiton from 1983 until 1997 when the constituency was abolished. He served as Environment and Sports Minister from 1985 to 1987, and was a leading member of the Public Accounts Committee from 1993-97. He was Chairman of the London Conservative MPs Group from 1990 to 1997. At the 1997 General Election, he unsuccessfully contested Kingston and Surbiton. He is on the Executive Committee of the Association of Former Members of Parliament.

London Assembly[edit]

In 2008 Tracey was elected a Member of the London Assembly representing Merton & Wandsworth, and later became Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group. He is previously Vice-Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (2010-2012), and Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority (2008–10). In 2008, he was appointed Mayor's Ambassador for the River by Mayor Boris Johnson and charged with promoting greater transport use of the River Thames. He is Conservative Lead on the Assembly Transport Committee and a member of the Budget and Confirmation Hearings Committees. He is Chairman of the London Waste and Recycling Board.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Justice of the Peace.


He is married to Katharine Tracey, a leading councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth since 1989, and they have four grown-up children - Simon, Nicola, Emma, and Polly - and seven grandchildren


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Nigel Fisher
Member of Parliament for Surbiton
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Macfarlane
Minister for Sport
Succeeded by
Colin Moynihan