Sir Cyril Townsend 1937-2013

Cyril was a conscientious long serving back-bench member of Parliament for the Bexleyheath constituency from 1974 until his retirement at the General Election of 1997. In Parliament he specialised in Defence issues and was also a Director of the Council for the advancement of Arab/British understanding.

Prior to his election to Parliament he served in the British Army as a career soldier.

Condolences go out to his wife, Anita, and family on his sad death on 20 November.