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Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB

Board member

David Lidington was elected Conservative MP for Aylesbury in 1992. When the Conservatives were in opposition, he held a number of positions, including shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2007 and shadow minister for foreign and commonwealth affairs from 2007 to 2010.

David served as minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from May 2010 until July 2016. He was appointed leader of the House of Commons and lord president of the council on 14 July 2016.

In June 2017, he was appointed as lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice, and then, in January 2018, he was appointed chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister for the Cabinet Office. He resigned from government in July 2019 and stood down as an MP at the 2019 General Election.

On 10 September 2019 David was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

David was educated at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied history.

Prior to becoming an MP, David worked for BP and RTZ before spending three years as special adviser to Douglas Hurd in the Home Office and Foreign Office.