Antony Marlow

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For the barrister and earlier Conservative MP, see Anthony Marlowe.

Antony Rivers Marlow (born 17 June 1940), known as Tony Marlow, is a British Conservative former Member of Parliament (MP).

Born in Greenwich, London, Marlow was educated at Wellington College, RMA Sandhurst and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and gained Northampton North in the 1979 election, defeating Labour MP Maureen Colquhoun.

Marlow was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1960, retiring as a Captain in 1969. During his service in Germany he commanded the [then] only amphibious bridging troop.

Marlow had the most complete record of any MP in opposing the transfer of powers or monies to the EEC, as it then was, voting against the Single European Act and the Maastricht Treaty, as well as being one of only two MPs to vote against the entry of Spain and Portugal into the EEC [as being costly to the UK and therefore not in Britain's interest]. He was one of eight Conservatives who had the party whip withdrawn for opposing a confidence vote, called during the Maastricht process. Together with other 'whipleess' Members, he supported a Labour amendment, securing its passage, which set the level of VAT on fuel at half the government's proposed level, a rate that remains to this day. Previously, he had with Nicholas Budgen led Conservative opposition to a part of the Nationality Bill, which, through a Government defeat, led to the introduction of the 'primary purpose rule' as a means of reducing bogus attempts at immigration. He caught the attention of the media in 1995 when he attended (in a colourful, stripy blazer) the press conference in which John Redwood announced his challenge for the Conservative Party leadership against Prime Minister John Major.

He was for many years Chairman of the UK Palestine All Party Group leading and organising delegations to meet Yasser Arafat and to visit Southern Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza strip. One delegation included John Major - before his ministerial career. He also led a delegation to Iraq, meeting Saddam Hussein with the consequential release of a British businessman, who had been held as a prisoner.

With Professor Alan Woodruff of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine campaigned against dog nuisance based on the dangers arising from toxicara canis, initiating the Parliamentary campaign through the introduction of a ten minute rule bill.

Marlow lost his seat in the 1997 election to Labour's Sally Keeble.

Since leaving parliament he has built and converted twenty five houses in Pembrokeshire, where he currently farms beef and cattle - also being active in forestry.

References[edit]

  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Limited, 1997 edition.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maureen Colquhoun
Member of Parliament for Northampton North
19791997
Succeeded by
Sally Keeble