Neil Thorne

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Colonel Sir Neil Gordon Thorne, OBE, TD, DL (born 8 August 1932) is a British Conservative Party politician.[1][2] He contested the constituency of Ilford South six times from October 1974 to 1997, and was the Member of Parliament for the seat from 1979 to 1992, when he lost by 402 votes to Labour's Mike Gapes.[3]

Thorne served in the Territorial Army Royal Artillery, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1989, he founded the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which aims to improve the quality of debate on military issues, and does this by exposing Members of Parliament to first-hand experience of the armed forces.[4]

Thorne is a member of the Steering Group Committee for the British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage project which started in 2015. This is a joint project in collaboration between the Ming-Ai (London) Institute and Regent's University London. Thorne is a freemason.[5]

Thorne is leading a campaign to install a statue of suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst on Parliament Square. [6]


  1. ^ "Colonel Sir Neil Thorne honoured for 60s years' service to Freemasonry". Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Friends of St Cross volunteer who survived the blitz meets Prince Edward at Battle of Britain commemoration". Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Sir Neil Thorne". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  4. ^ Calvert, Jonathan; Rowell, Andy (31 August 2008). "Tory MP Douglas Carswell 'punished' for damning army kit". The Sunday Times. 
  5. ^ "Conservatives at the heart of Freemasonry". The Independent. 31 October 1995. 
  6. ^ Wheeler, Brian (2018). "Thatcher set to lose out in statue battle". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arnold Shaw
Member of Parliament
for Ilford South

Succeeded by
Mike Gapes