He was first elected at the 1987 general election as Member of Parliament for Battersea. From 1993 to 1996 he was a health minister and from 1996 to 1997 he was a transport minister, before losing his parliamentary seat at the 1997 general election.
He is an active member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
- Gay Conservatives President Re-elected Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- http://www.conservativeeuropegroup.org.uk/newsshow.aspx?id=5&ref=24[permanent dead link] CEG 2011 Annual General Meeting report