Sir John Stanley was the UK Conservative Party MP for Tonbridge & Malling from 1974 to 2015.
He retired in March 2015, choosing to stand down ahead of the 2015 general election. 
According to journalist W.D. Flackes and political scientist Sydney Elliott:
- his move to Stormont was variously interpreted as heralding a tougher security policy, a gesture to unionists still furious at the AIA [Anglo-Irish Agreement], and as providing an 'eyes and ears' for Thatcher in the Stormont scene.
- Rt Hon Sir John Stanley www.parliament.uk, accessed 20 May 2015
- David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, p.41.
- W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.260.