Tom Arnold (politician)

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Sir Thomas Richard Arnold (born 25 January 1947), known as Tom Arnold, is a British politician who was the Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1983.

Biography[edit]

Tom Arnold was born (as Thomas Richard Arnold) in London on 25 January 1947. He is the son of Thomas Charles Arnold, a theatrical producer. Young Tom Arnold attended the Bedales School, the Institut Le Rosey, and Pembroke College, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Arnold was elected to the British House of Commons in 1974, and served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove until his retirement in 1997.[2] From 1979 to 1982, Arnold was the Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Northern Ireland Office and later in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1983, Arnold was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party under Chairmen Cecil Parkinson and John Gummer.[2]

When Arnold began office, in 1974, he was one of the youngest members of Parliament, along with Anthony Nelson and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, later joined in 1977 by both Andrew MacKay and Tim Smith.[3] Together, during the 1970s, the five were referred to as "The Tories' Young Men", with Arnold being the only backbencher in the group.[3] Arnold was an ardent supporter of the European Economic Community during his time in Parliament.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "ARNOLD, Tom". Who's Who in the Theatre 1. Gale Research Company. p. 23. ISSN 0083-9833. 
  2. ^ a b "Profiles on Trustees". June 14, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Tories' Young Men". October 13, 1977. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Winstanley
Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove
Oct 19741997
Succeeded by
Andrew Stunell