Thomas Benyon

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Thomas Yates Benyon, OBE (born 13 August 1942, Newmarket, West Suffolk) is a British activist and former Conservative Party politician.

Benyon was educated at Wellington School, Somerset from 1956 to 1960.

After the murder of Airey Neave, Benyon became the new candidate to be Member of Parliament (MP) for the Conservative stronghold of Abingdon in 1979 - which he won with ease. However, in 1983, the seat was abolished in boundary changes - and Benyon has not been an MP since.

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In 2005 he was elected for a five year term, as a lay representative of the Diocese of Oxford, to the General Synod of the Church of England.


Tom and Olivia Jane Benyon, with James Pringle, Sue Gibbs, Clare Hayns, James Maberly and the Rev David Streater, founded Zimbabwe National Emergency (ZANE), a charity, in 2002. It was spearheaded by Tom Benyon after he met Cathy Olds whose husband Martin was hacked to death in Zimbabwe the previous year, in 2001, when their farm was occupied by Robert Mugabe loyalists.


Benyon was awarded the OBE in recognition of his "services to vulnerable people in Zimbabwe".


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Airey Neave
Member of Parliament for Abingdon
Constituency abolished