I was very sad when I heard that Tony Newton had died. He was the MP for Braintree for 23 years and held various Government posts in Conservative Governments. He occasionally came to Cressing Church when I was the Vicar there. He was a very nice person and an excellent constituency MP.
Our daughter went to Portsmouth University and had terrible problems with the City Council in getting her Housing Benefit to which students were entitled in those days. In the end, after I had contacted the Council on several occasions and got nowhere we went to a meeting with Tony Newton and told him what was happening. Within a matter of days he had the whole thing sorted out; he was a very busy man and I really admired the way he did this.
May he Rest in Peace