MP & Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Since being elected as an MP in 1987, David has had a varied and prolific career. He is famous for taking a principled stand on the erosion of our civil liberties.
He is one of the most recognisable and well known politicians in the UK, regularly writing for national and international newspapers and appearing regularly on television and radio.
Because of his varied ministerial and public posts David is an expert speaker on Europe and the Eurozone crisis, banking, freedom and civil liberties, security, education and social mobility.
In the previous Conservative Government David held the positions of Europe Minister and Security Command Minister. In these two roles he oversaw the majority of the government’s international negotiations, including European negotiations, NATO enlargement, the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the updated Geneva Convention.
After the election in 1997 he became Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Parliament’s most powerful and wide-ranging Select Committee. In this role he proposed a large number of policy and operational changes in government, including new IT strategies, improved privatisation methods, enhanced methods of public service delivery, and new accounting methods for government.
David was Shadow Home Secretary from 2003 until he announced his resignation in 2008 forcing a by-election fought solely on raising awareness of the erosion of civil liberties in the UK.
Since 2008 David has been a leading figure on the Conservative backbenches raising issues such as Prisoner Voting, Libel Reform, opposing the rise in tuition fees, debating civil liberty concerns and issues relating to the ECHR and continually raising awareness of the need for increased social mobility in the UK.
In addition to his political career, David has a Master’s in business, a B.SC. joint honours in Molecular Science and Computer Science and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard.
He has published a book on ‘How to Turn Round a Company’, and has been published on management topics in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.
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