Following service around the world in the British Army, Townsend was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath at the February 1974 election, and held the seat until retiring at the 1997 election. He introduced the private member's bill that became the Protection of Children Act 1978.
Townsend was a Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding. He was knighted in the New Year Honours 1997.
He resided in the West Country and was a respected journalist for several newspapers in the Middle East, including Al-Hayat.
- "Tributes paid as former Bexleyheath MP Sir Cyril Townsend dies". Bexley Times. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
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