David Lidington is MP for Aylesbury and Shadow Foreign Office Minister.
He was born in 1956. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's
School, Elstree, and at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He took an
honours degree in History and then a doctorate for research on
Elizabethan history. He is married to Helen and has four sons.
David worked for BP and for RTZ before being appointed in 1987 as Special Advisor to the then Home Secretary (Rt Hon Douglas Hurd CBE MP). He moved to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989 when Mr Hurd became Foreign Secretary.
He has had the privilege of twice captaining a champion University Challenge team, first in 1978 and then in 2002 when the Sidney Sussex team became "champion of champions" in University Challenge Reunited.
the 1987 General Election, David fought the seat of Vauxhall. He was
adopted as prospective Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for
Aylesbury in December 1990 and was elected as a Member of Parliament in
Since his election, David has served as a member of the
Education Select Committee and as joint-secretary of the Conservative
Backbench Home Affairs Committee. He successfully promoted a Private
Members Bill which became the Chiropractors Act 1994.
David was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP, from August 1994 to 1997.
He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon William Hague MP, in June 1997.
was appointed Frontbench Spokesman for Home Affairs in June 1999. In
September 2001, he was appointed a Frontbench Spokesman for the
Treasury. In June 2002, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for
Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
From November 2003 to
June 2007, he was Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. From
June 2007, David will be attending Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Foreign