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Rt. Hon. Sir Leon BRITTAN

Rt. Hon. Sir Leon BRITTAN, British Vice-President of the European Commission. Knighthood, 1989; distinguished Visiting Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, 1988; Honorary DCL, Newcastle University, 1990; Honorary Doctor of Laws, Hull University, 1990; Doctor honoris causa, Edinburgh University, 1991.

Background

  • BRITTAN, Rt. Hon. Sir Leon was born on September 25, 1939.

  • Education

    • Haberdashers’ Aske’s School. Trinity College, Cambridge, Master of Arts. Yale University, USA, Henry Fellow.

    Career

    • Chairman, Cambridge University Conservative Association, 1960. President, Cambridge Union, 1960. Debating Tour of USA for Cambridge Union.

      Member Committee of the British Atlantic Group of Young Politicians, 1970-1978. Member of Parliament, for Cleveland and Whitby, 1974-1983 and for Richmond North Yorkshire, 1983-1988. Vice-Chairman, Employment Committee of Parliamentary Conservative Party.

      Opposition Spokesman on Devolution and House of Commons Affairs, 1976-1978. Opposition Spokesman on Devolution and Employment, 1978-1979. Minister of State, Home Office, 1979-1981.

      Appointed member of the Privy Council, 1981. Chief Secretary to Treasury, 1981-1983. Home Secretary, 1983-1985.

      Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 1985-1986. Vice-President, Commission of the European Communities, since 1989. Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1962.

      Chairman, Bow Group, 1964-1965. Editor, Crossbow, 1966-1967. Vice chairman Nat Association of School Governors and Managers, 1970-1978.

      Queen’s Counsel, 1978. Bencher of the Inner Temple, 1983.

    Works

    • Contribution to the Conservative Opportunity. Coauthor, Millstones for the sixties. Rough Justice.

      Infancy and the Law. How to Save your Schools. A New Deal for Health Care, 1988.

      Defence and Arms Control in a Changing Era, 1988.

    Politics

    conservative Party

    Party affiliation: Conservative Party

    Membership

    • Clubs: Chairman, Society of Conservative Lawyers, 1986-1989.

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