Tim Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Renton of Mount Harry
|Minister for the Arts|
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
24 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||David Waddington|
|Succeeded by||Richard Ryder|
|Member of Parliament
for Mid Sussex
28 February 1974 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Nicholas Soames|
|Born||28 May 1932|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
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, and took his seat in the House of Lords. He retired from the House on 14 April 2016.
In 1960 he married Alice Blanche Helen Fergusson, daughter of Sir James Fergusson, 8th Baronet of Kilkerran.
Their four surviving children are Alexander James Torre (a journalist on The Times), 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.
- The Dangerous Edge, Hutchinson, 1994, ISBN 0-09-179151-0
- Hostage to Fortune, Arrow, 1998, ISBN 0-09-946831-X
- Chief Whip, Politico's, 2005, ISBN 1-84275-129-8
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex
|Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
|Minister of State for the Arts