David Hunt, Baron Hunt of Wirral
The Right Honourable
The Lord Hunt of Wirral
Secretary of State for Wales In office
26 June 1995 – 5 July 1995
Prime Minister John Major Preceded by John Redwood Succeeded by William Hague In office
4 May 1990 – 27 May 1993
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Peter Walker Succeeded by John Redwood Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster In office
20 July 1994 – 26 June 1995
Prime Minister John Major Preceded by William Waldegrave Succeeded by Roger Freeman Secretary of State for Employment In office
27 May 1993 – 20 July 1994
Prime Minister John Major Preceded by Gillian Shephard Succeeded by Michael Portillo Member of Parliament
for Wirral West
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created Succeeded by Stephen Hesford Member of Parliament
11 March 1976 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Selwyn Lloyd Succeeded by Constituency Abolished Personal details Born 21 May 1942 Political party Conservative
David James Fletcher Hunt, Baron Hunt of Wirral, PC, MBE (born 21 May 1942), is a British Conservative politician, and was a member of the Cabinet during the Margaret Thatcher and John Major administrations.
Hunt was educated at Liverpool College, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), in Liverpool, at the time in Lancashire (and now in Merseyside), followed by the University of Bristol, where he studied Law. In 1965, representing the university, he won The Observer Mace debating competition, speaking with R. G. Marshall Andrews. In 1995, the competition was renamed the John Smith Memorial Mace and is now run by the English-Speaking Union.
Life and career
In government he served as a whip and junior minister under Margaret Thatcher, who made him Secretary of State for Wales in 1990, shortly before her resignation later that year. He remained at the Welsh Office until 1993, then served as Secretary of State for Employment from 1993 to 1994 and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1994 to 1995. He briefly returned to the Welsh Office, whilst remaining Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, for two weeks during the leadership election in mid-1995 as acting Secretary of State for Wales after the incumbent, John Redwood stepped down in order to be a candidate.
He lost his seat in the Labour landslide at the 1997 general election.
He was made a life peer as Baron Hunt of Wirral of Wirral in the county of Merseyside, in 1997. Lord Hunt was senior partner at the national law firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs (now Beachcroft LLP) between 1996 and 2005. He is now chairman of the firm's financial services division and is regarded as a major figure in the world of insurance and financial services. On certain Bills he used to occasionally step back up to the opposition front bench in the House of Lords, on an ad hoc basis. On 7 October 2008, David Cameron formally appointed him to the front bench to shadow Peter Mandelson in the House of Lords on Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform matters.
Hunt was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Bristol on 21 February 2008. He is vice-president of the Holocaust Educational Trust. He became chairman of the Press Complaints Commission on 17 October 2011.
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- ^ London Gazette: . 1 August 1997. London Gazette: . 23 October 1997.
- ^ "About the Holocaust Educational Trust". n.d.. http://www.het.org.uk/content.php?page_id=6. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- ^ Dan Sabbagh (13 October 2011). "Lord Hunt of Wirral named chairman of Press Complaints Commission". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/oct/13/lord-hunt-wirral-pcc-chairman. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by David Hunt
- Profile at the Conservative Party website
- Profile at Beachcroft LLP
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Wirral
Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Wirral West
Political offices Preceded by
Treasurer of the Household
Secretary of State for Wales
Secretary of State for Employment
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Secretary of State for Wales
Media offices Preceded by
Chair of the Press Complaints Commission
Incumbent Secretaries of State for Wales Wales Office 1964-1970 1970-1974 1974-1979 1979-1997 1997-2010 2010-present
- Also Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2005-2007)
Jonathan Aitken • Kenneth Baker • Virginia Bottomley • Peter Brooke • Kenneth Clarke • Viscount Cranborne • Stephen Dorrell • Michael Forsyth • Roger Freeman • John Gummer • William Hague • Jeremy Hanley • Michael Heseltine • Douglas Hogg • Michael Howard • David Hunt • Douglas Hurd • Tom King • Norman Lamont • Ian Lang • Peter Lilley • John MacGregor • Lord Mackay • John Major • Brian Mawhinney • Patrick Mayhew • David Mellor • Tony Newton • Chris Patten • John Patten • Michael Portillo • John Redwood • Malcolm Rifkind • Gillian Shephard • Lord Waddington • Lord Wakeham • William Waldegrave • George Young
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