Henry Ashton, 4th Baron Ashton of Hyde

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Ashton of Hyde
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Lord Ashton of Hyde
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Assumed office
13 July 2016
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byBaroness Neville-Rolfe
Government Whip
In office
15 July 2014 – 11 June 2017
Prime MinisterDavid cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byLord Bates
Succeeded byCarlyn Chisholm
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
July 2011
Hereditary peerage
Preceded by7th Earl of Onslow
Personal details
Born (1958-07-18) 18 July 1958 (age 60)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Emma Louise Allinson
MotherPauline Trewlove Brackenbury (Dowager Lady Ashton of Hyde)
FatherThomas Ashton, 3rd Baron Ashton of Hyde, TD
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford

Thomas Henry Ashton, 4th Baron Ashton of Hyde (born 18 July 1958), has served as a Minister in HM Government since 2014 and by profession is an insurance broker. He succeeded to his family's peerage title on 2 August 2008.

Education and career[edit]

Henry Ashton attended Eton College before going up to Trinity College, Oxford. He was commissioned in the Royal Hussars, later becoming a Lieutenant in the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. Ashton worked as an insurance broker and held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Berkshire Hathaway-owned Lloyd's firms Faraday Underwriting Ltd, and Faraday Reinsurance Co. Ltd, from 2005 until 2013. From 2010 to 2013 Lord Ashton was a member of the Council of Lloyd's.

Elected a representative hereditary peer in July 2011, Ashton sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative.[1] In the July 2014 government reshuffle he was appointed a Lord-in-waiting and Whip in the Lords by Prime Minister David Cameron,[2] serving until the 2017 general election.[3] In July 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May appointed him as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport .


Descended from a cadet branch of the ancient Lancashire Assheton family, he married Emma Louise Allinson, daughter of Colin Allinson and Alison Palmer (née Bartholomew) in 1987, and has four daughters:

  • Hon. Harriet Emily Ashton (born 11 July 1990)
  • Hon. Isabel Louise Ashton (born 22 September 1992)
  • Hon. Flora Juliet Ashton (born 17 April 1995)
  • Hon. Matilda Hermione Ashton (born 2 February 2000).

The heir presumptive to the family title is his younger brother, Hon. Jack Edward Ashton (born 1966).[4]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Conservative Hereditary Peers' by-election, July 2011: Result" (PDF). House of Lords. July 20, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Lord Ashton of Hyde". GOV.UK. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Full list of new ministerial and government appointments: June 2017". Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 159 (ASHTON OF HYDE, B). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Ashton,
3rd Baron Ashton of Hyde
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Baron Ashton of Hyde

Heir presumptive:
Hon. John Ashton