After studying PPE at Worcester College, Oxford, Sir Timothy Sainsbury (b. 1932) went into the epoynymous family business, J Sainsbury, serving as director between 1962 and 1974. He launched his political career in 1973 when he was elected as Conservative MP for Hove. While working as PPS to Michael Heseltine for four years he spent a fortnight in Liverpool helping him with the work which led to the famous report It Took a Riot. He served as a Whip and later in the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and became Minister for Trade, then Minister for Industry. His prolific career as a philanthropist overlapped his other careers. Other activities include his former role as chairman of Pendennis Shipyard and his farm.
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