John Stanley

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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. [1]

Northern Ireland

Stanley served as a minister of state in the Northern Ireland Office from 13 June 1987 to 25 July 1988.[2]

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.[3]


  1. Rt Hon Sir John Stanley, accessed 20 May 2015
  2. David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, p.41.
  3. W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.260.