|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department|
28 November 1995 – 1 May 1997
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Nicholas Baker|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Williams of Mostyn|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security|
14 April 1992 – 28 November 1995
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||new appointment|
|Succeeded by||John Horam|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
30 October 1989 – 14 April 1992
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||David Heathcoat-Amory|
|Succeeded by||Timothy Wood|
|Member of Parliament|
for Bolton West
9 June 1983 – 8 April 1997
|Preceded by||Ann Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Ruth Kelly|
|Born||26 October 1950|
|Parent(s)||William Sackville, 10th Earl De La Warr|
Anne Rachel Devas
Family and early life
In 1979, he married Catherine Thérèsa Windsor-Lewis, daughter of Brigadier James Charles Windsor-Lewis. They have two children, Arthur Michael Sackville (born 1983) and Savannah Elizabeth Sackville (born 1986), both adopted.
He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Bolton West from the 1983 election until he was defeated by Ruth Kelly in the 1997 election. He held the office of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State between 1992 and 1997, initially for the Department of Health, then as a Home Office minister between 1995 and 1997.
In 1985 he started All-Party Committee Against Cults and 20 October 2000 he became first chairman of The Family Survival Trust (formerly Family, Action, Information, Rescue/Resource or FAIR), an anti-cult organisation.
In 1997 he ended government funding for the independent research group Information Network Focus on Religious Movements (INFORM), created by sociologist Eileen Barker. Funds were reinstated in 2000. In his article for The Spectator (2004) he accused INFORM and its president Eileen Barker of "refusing to criticise the worst excesses of cult leaders", and congratulated the Archbishop of Canterbury for declining to become a patron of INFORM. The allegations were described by INFORM as unfounded.
In 2005 he was elected as vice-president of European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism (FECRIS), an umbrella organization for anti-cult groups in Europe, and from 2009 he has served as its president.
- Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage. Vol. 1 (107th ed.). p. 1074. ISBN 978-0971196629. Cited in Lundy, Darryl Roger (ed.). "Hon. Thomas Geoffrey Sackville". The Peerage. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.
- "Cult advisers in clash over clampdown", The Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2000, retrieved 19 December 2009
- Regis Dericquebourg, A Case Study: FECRIS, Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews, 2012/2, p.188–189, ISBN 978-3-643-99894-1
- "Speakers Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group". hicfg.com. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "The Family Survival Trust - supporting victims of cults". The Family Survival. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Tom Sackville
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs