Nicholas Bonsor

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Sir Nicholas Bonsor

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
5 July 1995 – 5 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byDouglas Hogg
Succeeded byTony Lloyd
Member of Parliament for Upminster
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byJohn Loveridge
Succeeded byKeith Darvill
Member of Parliament for Nantwich
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byJohn Cockroft
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1942-12-09) 9 December 1942 (age 77)
Political partyConservative
ResidenceSoulbury, Buckinghamshire
Alma materEton College
Keble College, Oxford

Sir Nicholas Cosmo Bonsor, 4th Baronet, DL (born 9 December 1942) is a British Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

Bonsor was educated at Eton College and Keble College, Oxford.

Political career[edit]

Having unsuccessfully fought Newcastle-under-Lyme in both February and October 1974 elections, Bonsor was Member of Parliament for Nantwich from 1979 to 1983, then for Upminster from 1983 until he lost the seat to Labour's Keith Darvill in 1997. He was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1997 and practised as a barrister in London.

In 1994, just before he became a minister, Bonsor had challenged the incumbent Sir Marcus Fox for the chairmanship of the influential 1922 Committee, and narrowly lost by 129 votes to 116.[1] Bonsor, a Eurosceptic, had previously rebelled against the government by voting several times against the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty in the 1992-93 parliamentary session.[2]

Post-Parliamentary career[edit]

He lives at Liscombe Park near Soulbury in Buckinghamshire and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.

He pledged support, by appearing together in a public meeting, to Nigel Farage MEP in his 2010 general election campaign for the Buckingham constituency, standing against the speaker of the House (standing for re-election), John Bercow.

He is a Vice-President of the Standing Council of the Baronetage.[3]


Sir Nicholas was the elder son of Sir Bryan Bonsor (1916–1977) and his wife Elizabeth Hambro (1920–1995). In 1969, he married Hon. Nadine Marisa Lampson, now the Hon. Lady Bonsor, a daughter of Graham Curtis Lampson, 2nd Baron Killearn. They have had five children, including elder son and heir Alexander Cosmo Walrond Bonsor (b. 1976) and twin daughters.


  1. ^ Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Standing Council of the Baronetage".


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Limited, 1997
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Cockroft
Member of Parliament for Nantwich
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
John Loveridge
Member of Parliament for Upminster
Succeeded by
Keith Darvill
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bryan Cosmo Bonsor
(of Kingswood)