Richard Tracey was MP for Surbiton for 14 years and an Environment Minister in the Thatcher Government. He also served as a senior member of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.
He is a Justice of the Peace and Freeman of the City of London. He was Chairman of Wandsworth Conservatives from 2003 to 2008.
As an enthusiastic follower of sport, he takes an active interest in rowing and rugby football as President of both Kingston Amateur Regatta and Kingston RFC, and is a former current affairs broadcaster with BBC Television and Radio for 14 years.
Born in Stratford upon Avon and educated at King Edward VI Grammar School and Birmingham University where he gained an LLB with Honours, he and his wife Kathy live in central Wandsworth and have 4 grown up children and 8 grandchildren.