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.
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.
- In the House of Commons Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson uses an answer to a written question by Sir Anthony to announce the phasing out of the halfpenny coin BBC News 1 February 1984
- Obituary in the Daily Telegraph
- Obituary in The Guardian by Andrew Roth
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