Tim Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Renton of Mount Harry
Minister for the Arts
In office
28 November 1990 – 11 April 1992
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by David Mellor
Succeeded by David Mellor as (Secretary of State for National Heritage)
Government Chief Whip
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
24 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by David Waddington
Succeeded by Richard Ryder
Member of Parliament
for Mid Sussex
In office
28 February 1974 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Nicholas Soames
Personal details
Born (1932-05-28) 28 May 1932 (age 83)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford

Ronald Timothy Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry, PC (born 28 May 1932), is a British Conservative Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Eton College

Tim Renton, who rarely uses his first name of Ronald, won scholarships to Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, and graduated with a first class degree in History.

Parliamentary career[edit]

After unsuccessfully contesting Sheffield Park in 1970, he was Conservative Member of Parliament for Mid-Sussex from 1974 to 1997.

He served as a Minister of State in both the Foreign Office and the Home Office, and served as Margaret Thatcher's Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) between 1989 and 1990. After Thatcher's resignation in 1990 he was promoted to the Cabinet serving in John Major's government as Minister for the Arts between 1990 and 1992.

After standing down from the Commons he was created a life peer on 9 June 1997 as Baron Renton of Mount Harry, of Offham in the County of East Sussex,[1] and took his seat in the House of Lords.


In 1960 he married Alice Blanche Helen Fergusson. Their four surviving children are Alexander James Torre (a journalist on The Times),[2] Christian Louise, Daniel Charles Antony and (Katherine) Chelsea. Polly (Penelope Sally Rosita), the couple's youngest daughter, a documentary film maker, died in a car accident in 2010.[2]

He lives in Offham near Lewes in East Sussex and has a holiday home on the Hebridean island of Tiree.



  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54791. p. 6845. 12 June 1997.
  2. ^ a b Obituary: Polly Renton, The Times, 10 June 2010
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex
Succeeded by
Nicholas Soames
Political offices
Preceded by
David Waddington
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Richard Ryder
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Preceded by
David Mellor
Minister of State for the Arts
Succeeded by
David Mellor