Sir George pays tribute to Michael Colvin
24 Feb 2000
Michael Colvin was a popular and hard-working local MP, loyally supported by his wife Nichola. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children and grandchildren, following the tragic fire at his home.

Michael had a very wide range of interests; the countryside and agriculture, which he knew an enormous amount about as he was a farmer himself; he knew about planning and local Government, as he was a former member of Test Valley Borough Council; he knew about defence, as one of the few MP’s who had been a serving officer in the Coldstreams, and was a former Chairman of the Defence Select Committee of the House of Commons; and he knew about the brewing industry, as a former landlord of The Cricketers in Tangley. He also travelled extensively and was a regular contributor to foreign affairs debates.

Michael was a genial and generous man, deeply committed to fighting for his constituents. He and Nichola entertained frequently at Tangley House and the grounds were often made available to raise funds for local charities. He was an old style Tory MP – not desperately anxious to be a Minister, but proud to be an MP and serve his country. He was an instinctive Conservative, but would let the party know if he thought it was taking a wrong turning.
Michael and Nichola were inseparable. She helped him enormously in his constituency work, particularly when his duties kept him at Westminster or took him abroad.

The village of Tangley, the nearby town of Andover and of course his Romsey constituency will all miss him – as will his many friends on all sides of the House of Commons.
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