Tony Durant

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Sir Robert Durant
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
20 December 1988 – 25 July 1990
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Michael Neubert
Succeeded by David Lightbown

Sir Robert Anthony Bevis Durant (9 January 1928 – 18 February 2016), also known as Tony Durant, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Political career[edit]

Durant stood unsuccessfully for Rother Valley at the 1970 General Election; the seat was retained for his party by Labour's Peter Hardy. In 1971 Durant supported Thatcher's decision to end free school milk on the grounds that many children did not like it.[1]

He was the Member of Parliament for Reading North from 1974–83. After Reading's constituencies underwent boundary changes, he was the Member of Parliament for Reading West from 1983–97. During his time in the Commons, he acted as a Whip. Announced in the 1991 New Year Honours[2] he was knighted on 14 February 1991.[3]

In 1994 he successfully campaigned for the lowering of the homosexual age of consent.[1] He retired from politics at the 1997 UK General Election.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Sir Anthony Durant, Tory MP - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1990. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "No. 52543". The London Gazette. 28 May 1991. p. 8208. 
  4. ^ "Mr Anthony Durant". UK Citizens Online Democracy. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Neubert
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
1988 – 1990
Succeeded by
David Lightbown
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member for Reading North
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member for Reading West
Succeeded by
Martin Salter