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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

John Major


Preceded by

David Mellor

Succeeded by

David Mellor as (Secretary of State for National


Chief Whip of the Conservative Party

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

In office
24 July 1989 28 November 1990


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


28 May 1932 (age 82)

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. 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 theCabinet serving in John Major's government as Minister for the Arts between 1990
and 1992.

Eton College

Tim Renton, who rarely uses his first name of Ronald, won scholarships toEton
College and Magdalen College, Oxford, and graduated with a first class degree in History.
He was Conservative Member of Parliament for Mid-Sussex from 1974 to 1997, after which he was
created alife 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.
He lives in Offham near Lewes in East Sussex and has a holiday home on theHebridean island
of Tiree.

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]


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

1. Jump up^ The London Gazette: no. 54791. p. 6845. 12 June
2. ^ Jump up to:a b Obituary: Polly Renton, The Times, 10 June 2010
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex

New constituency

Succeeded by
Nicholas Soames

Political offices
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party

Preceded by
David Waddington

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury


Preceded by
David Mellor

Minister of State for the Arts


Succeeded by
Richard Ryder

Succeeded by
David Mellor


1932 births

Alumni of Magdalen College, Oxford

Conservative Party (UK) life peers

Conservative Party (UK) MPs

Living people

Members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom

Members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for English


People educated at Eton College

UK MPs 1974

UK MPs 197479

UK MPs 197983

UK MPs 198387

UK MPs 198792

UK MPs 199297

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