Timothy Raison

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The Right Honourable
Sir Timothy Raison
Sir Timothy Raison Telegraph.jpg
Minister for Overseas Development
In office
6 January 1983 – 10 September 1986
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Neil Marten
Succeeded by Chris Patten
Minister of State for Immigration
In office
4 May 1979 – 6 January 1983
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Brynmor John
Succeeded by David Waddington
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
11 February 1975 – 19 November 1976
Leader Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Margaret Thatcher
Succeeded by Michael Heseltine
Member of Parliament
for Aylesbury
In office
18 June 1970 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Spencer Summers
Succeeded by David Lidington
Personal details
Born Timothy Hugh Francis Raison
(1929-11-03)3 November 1929
Died 3 November 2011 (aged 82)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative

Sir Timothy Hugh Francis Raison (3 November 1929 – 3 November 2011) was a British Conservative politician.


Raison was educated, through being a scholarship boy, at two independent schools: at The Dragon School in Oxford, where he became Head of School. From there he got a scholarship to Eton College near Windsor in Berkshire. Thence to Christ Church at the University of Oxford, to which he also attained a Scholarship.


Raison began his career as a journalist, first working on Picture Post (of which his father, Max Raison, was managing editor), then New Scientist. Whilst at New Scientist he also edited Crossbow, journal of the Bow Group (a centre-right group within the Conservative Party).

In 1960 he received The Nansen Refugee Award, which is given annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees. He edited the social science magazine New Society from 1962 until 1968 and was MP for Aylesbury from 1970 until his retirement in 1992. He served as a junior Education and Science Minister (1973–1974), a Home Office minister (1979–1983), and Minister for Overseas Development (1983–1986). As Home Office Minister, he authorised the deportation of several immigrants.[1]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Spencer Summers
Member of Parliament for Aylesbury
Succeeded by
David Lidington
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Marten
Minister for Overseas Development
Succeeded by
Chris Patten