Timothy Raison

Sir Timothy Hugh Francis Raison (3 November 1929 – 3 November 2011) was a British Conservative politician.

Sir Timothy Raison
Minister for Overseas Development
In office
6 January 1983  10 September 1986
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byNeil Marten
Succeeded byChris Patten
Minister of State for Immigration
In office
4 May 1979  6 January 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byBrynmor John
Succeeded byDavid Waddington
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
11 February 1975  19 November 1976
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byMichael Heseltine
Member of Parliament
for Aylesbury
In office
18 June 1970  9 April 1992
Preceded bySpencer Summers
Succeeded byDavid Lidington
Personal details
Timothy Hugh Francis Raison

(1929-11-03)3 November 1929
Died3 November 2011 (aged 82)
Political partyConservative

Early life and education

The son of publisher and editor Maxwell Raison, general manager of Picture Post, and his wife Celia,[1] Raison was educated, through being a scholarship boy, at two independent schools: at The Dragon School in Oxford, where he became Head of School. From there he got a scholarship to Eton College near Windsor, Berkshire, then to Christ Church at the University of Oxford, to which he also attained a scholarship.


Raison began his career as a journalist, first working on Picture Post (of which his father was managing editor), then New Scientist. Whilst at New Scientist he also edited Crossbow, journal of the Bow Group (a centre-right group within the Conservative Party).

In 1960 he received The Nansen Refugee Award, which is given annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees. He edited the social science magazine New Society from 1962 until 1968 and was MP for Aylesbury from 1970 until his retirement in 1992. He served as a junior Education and Science Minister (1973–1974).

Raison served as an Home Office minister from 1979 to 1983, under then Home Secretary William Whitelaw, (later hereditary peer Viscount Whitelaw, of Penrith in the County of Cumbria. He then served as Minister for Overseas Development (1983–1986).

In 1956 Raison married violin teacher Veldes Julia, daughter of John Arthur Pepys Charrington, of Netherton, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire, president of the Bass Charrington brewery and Master of the Worshipful Company of Brewers in 1952, of that landed gentry family of Cherry Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset;[2][3] they had a son and three daughters.[4][5][6]


  1. Langdon, Julia (10 November 2011). "Sir Timothy Raison obituary". The Guardian.
  2. Burke's Landed Gentry 1965, 18th edition, vol. 1, ed. Peter Townsend, p. 133
  3. Who was Who, vol. 7, 1971, p. 142
  4. "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/104388. ISBN 9780198614111.
  5. Langdon, Julia (10 November 2011). "Sir Timothy Raison obituary". The Guardian.
  6. Genealogical History of the Halliburton Family, 1983, p. 87
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Spencer Summers
Member of Parliament for Aylesbury
Succeeded by
David Lidington
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Marten
Minister for Overseas Development
Succeeded by
Chris Patten

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