North Oxfordshire MP made Commons' Church spokesman

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Tony Baldry
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Tony Baldry was a former aide to Margaret Thatcher

North Oxfordshire MP Tony Baldry has been appointed as the Church of England's representative in the House of Commons.

Mr Baldry, 59, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher and an MP since 1983, has become Second Church Estates Commissioner.

The honorary, unpaid role is traditionally given to senior backbenchers.

"This is a fascinating and exciting task," said Mr Baldry.

He added: "The House of Commons has a growing interest in all sorts of matters relating to the church."

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