A Conservative MP from 1968-1997. His Ministerial positions included being first Minister for Information Technology, introducing computers into schools; Local Government Minister; Environment Secretary, privatising BT and abolishing the GLC; Education & Science Secretary, introducing the National Curriculum, Grant Maintained Schools, City Technology Colleges, and Student Loans; and Home Secretary. He also served as Chairman of the Conservative Party. Leaving the Government after the 1992 election, he was appointed a Companion of Honour, and became a member of the House of Lords in 1997. As Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust he is spearheading University Technical Colleges – 45 are open with 20,000 students. Born in 1934 and married with three children, he enjoys collecting political caricatures and writing – his latest book, On Assassinations,was published in 2020.