Anthony Beaumont-Dark

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Sir Anthony Michael Beaumont-Dark (11 October 1932 – 2 April 2006) was a British politician.

He was born at Birmingham on 11 October 1932, the son of a businessman. He was educated at Cedarhurst School, Solihull; Shirley College; Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts; and Birmingham University. He trained as an investment analyst and became a stockbroker by profession.[1]

He was a Conservative City Councillor for Birmingham from 1956 to 1967 and stood unsuccessfully for Birmingham Aston in 1959 and 1964. Subsequently he became MP for the constituency of Birmingham Selly Oak from 1979 to 1992. He was known for being a "rent-a-quote" MP who would deliver a pithy and memorable comment on almost any public issue.

He defeated Tom Litterick of the Labour Party in 1979, and served as a backbencher until his defeat in the 1992 general election by Dr Lynne Jones, the Labour candidate. He was knighted the same year.

Viz comic featured a regular character, Sir Anthony Regents-Park, MP for Fulchester Sunnyoak, who appears to refer to Beaumont-Dark.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tom Litterick
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak
Succeeded by
Dr Lynne Jones