Sir Timothy Raison, 1929-2011

 We are sad to announce the death of Sir Timothy Raison, member of the Bow Group and former editor of Crossbow, who died on November 3 aged 82.  Prior to his election as MP for Aylesbury in 1970, Sir Timothy was a prolific editor and journalist. Beginning his work at the Picture Post, he then moved on to the New Scientist. At the same time, he edited Crossbow and founded the social science magazine New Society, having already edited the Eton Chronicle.  As a supporter of an elected House of Lords, an advocate of a higher aid budget and an originator of the World Refugee Year in 1960, Sir Timothy gained a reputation as being on the Left of the Party. Described as an intellectual who had the common affliction of being able to “see all sides of an argument”, he served as Under-Secretary for Education and Science, Minister of State at the Home Office and Minister for Overseas Development. He remained on the backbenches from 1986, where he continued to exhibit a paternalism which combined concern for the welfare of the less fortunate with traditional views on the family and society. He stood down from Parliament in 1992.  Out of Parliament, Sir Timothy continued to contribute to public life in roles such as chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority and member of the Council of the National Trust. He was knighted in 1991. Members are invited to contribute memories of Sir Timothy using the form at  
Thursday, November 10, 2011