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David Lidington

The Right Honourable
David Lidington
Minister of State for Europe
Assumed office
11 May 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Chris Bryant
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
10 November 2003 – 2 July 2007
Leader Michael Howard
David Cameron
Preceded by Quentin Davies
Succeeded by Owen Paterson
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
23 July 2002 – 6 November 2003
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by Peter Ainsworth
Succeeded by Caroline Spelman (Environment)
Member of Parliament
for Aylesbury
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Timothy Raison
Majority 12,618 (23.7%)
Personal details
Born David Roy Lidington
(1956-06-30) 30 June 1956
London, England
Political party Conservative
Children 4
Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Website Official website

David Roy Lidington PC (born 30 June 1956) is a British Conservative Party politician, who has been Member of Parliament for Aylesbury since 1992. He is currently a Minister of State at the Foreign Office, serving as Minister for Europe.[1] This responsibility includes the overseas territories of Gibraltar and Akrotiri and Dhekelia.


  • Education 1
  • Life and career 2
    • Political career 2.1
      • Expenses 2.1.1
      • HS2 2.1.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Lidington was educated at the-then direct grant The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree in Hertfordshire, followed by Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge, where he took an Honours degree in History and a PhD in 1988 entitled "The enforcement of the penal statutes at the court of the Exchequer c.1558-c.1576" on Elizabethan history. His passion for history is shared by his brother, Peter "Lidders" Lidington, who is a history teacher at Clifton College in Bristol. Whilst at Cambridge, he was Chairman of Cambridge University Conservative Association and Deputy President of the Cambridge University Students' Union.

Life and career

Lidington's early jobs involved work for BP and Rio Tinto Group before being appointed in 1987 as special adviser to the then Home Secretary Douglas Hurd. He moved to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989 when Mr Hurd was appointed Foreign Secretary.

Lidington is married with four children. He was brought up as a Congregationalist but is now an Anglican. He was the Captain of the Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge team that won the 1978 series of University Challenge. The team returned for the 2002 University Challenge - Reunited "champion of champions" series for the show's 40th anniversary, and they won the series in convincing style, beating Keele University in the final 375-185.

Political career

In the 1987 general election, Lidington stood unsuccessfully in the Vauxhall constituency. He was then selected as the Conservative candidate for the safe seat of Aylesbury in December 1990. He was successful at the 1992 general election, and held his seat ever since.

At Westminster, Lidington previously participated in the Education Select Committee and Conservative Backbench Home Affairs Committee. In 1994, he successfully promoted a Private Members Bill which became the Chiropractors Act 1994.

Lidington first joined the Conservative front bench team in August 1994, when he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Secretary Michael Howard. In June 1997, with the Conservatives in opposition, he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Leader of the Opposition William Hague. Two years later, in June 1999, he was promoted to become Shadow Home Affairs Minister (deputy to Ann Widdecombe). In September 2001, Lidington was promoted to become Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Lidington became a member of the Shadow Cabinet in May 2002, replacing Ann Winterton as Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (later Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) after she resigned. When Michael Howard was elected Conservative Party leader in November 2003, Lidington became Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, but was not included as a member of the Shadow Cabinet. In May 2005, Howard enlarged the Shadow Cabinet, granting Lidington the right to attend it again. He was one of the few Shadow Cabinet ministers left in his old post by David Cameron when the latter became leader in December 2005. But on 2 July 2007, Lidington was demoted to be a junior Foreign Affairs spokesman.

Following the 2010 general election, Lidington was appointed Minister for Europe.


In May 2009, the Daily Telegraph revealed Lidington had claimed nearly £1,300 for his dry cleaning and had also claimed for toothpaste, shower gel, body spray and vitamin supplements on his second home allowance.[2] Lidington decided to repay the claims for the toiletries, saying “I accept that many people would see them as over-generous."

Lidington was also criticised by local newspaper the Bucks Herald for claiming £115,891 in expenses in one year, almost double his salary.[3]


In November 2013 Lidington was criticised in an editorial of the local newspaper the Bucks Herald for his repeated failure to vote against the HS2 rail project which is set to affect large areas of his constituency.[4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Caroline Gammell (22 May 2009). "MPs' expenses: David Lidington is Mr Clean (but you pay for his soap)".  
  3. ^ "MPs Expenses: The price of democracy in Aylesbury Vale".  
  4. ^ "Editor’s comment: Time fast approaching for Mr Lidington to stand up and be counted over HS2". The Bucks Herald. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Timothy Raison
Member of Parliament for Aylesbury
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Ainsworth
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Succeeded by
Caroline Spelman
as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment
Preceded by
Quentin Davies
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Owen Paterson
Preceded by
Chris Bryant
Minister of State for Europe
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