Former Braintree MP and Tory peer dies

PUBLISHED: 11:53 26 March 2012

Lord Newton

Lord Newton

Archant

FORMER MP for Braintree and Commons Leader, Lord Newton, has died aged 74.

Tony Newton became Tory MP for Braintree in 1974, holding on to the seat for 23 years before being made a peer.

He began his Government career in the Whips’ office and held a number of ministerial roles under Margaret Thatcher.

They included a stint as health minister, an area in which he retained a keen interest over his political career, contributing to debates in the Upper Chamber over the controversial Health and Social Care Bill in recent weeks.

He died yesterday afternoon in Colchester Hospital following a long illness.

He is survived by wife Patricia, two daughters, Polly and Jessica, three stepchildren, Robin, Emma and Sukie, and four grandchildren.

In a statement, his family said: “In spite of his worsening health, he was determined to carry on contributing to public life right up until the last few days.

“He was a remarkable man and we will miss him very much.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Dunmow Broadcast. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Dunmow Broadcast