Neil Macfarlane (politician)

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Sir David Neil Macfarlane, known as Neil Macfarlane, (born 7 May 1936) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Political career[edit]

Macfarlane first stood for Parliament in 1970 at East Ham North, but was defeated by Labour's Reg Prentice. He was elected Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam in February 1974, regaining the seat from the Liberal Graham Tope who had beaten him in a by-election two years earlier.

Macfarlane held some ministerial posts, including Education and Science and the Arts (1979–1981), and the Environment and Sport (1981–1985).

After Parliament[edit]

Macfarlane stood down from Parliament in 1992, and was succeeded by Lady Olga Maitland. He wrote, with Michael Herd, a memoir of his time as sports minister, Sport and Politics: a world divided (Willow, 1986). He was knighted in the 1988 New Year Honours.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Graham Tope
Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam
February 19741992
Succeeded by
Olga Maitland
Political offices
Preceded by
Hector Monro
Minister for Sport
Succeeded by
Richard Tracey