Mayhew was educated at Tonbridge School and Balliol College, Oxford.
Born 11 September 1929), is a British barrister and Conservative politician. Mayhew"s mother was a Roche and a relative of Lord Fermoy. He was called to the Bar from the Middle Temple in 1955.
Mayhew contested Dulwich in 1970, but the incumbent Labour member, Sam Silkin, beat him by 895 votes.
He was Under-Secretary for Employment from 1979-1981, then Minister of State at the Home Office from 1981 to 1983. After this he served as Solicitor General for England and Wales from 1983-1987, and then Attorney General for England and Wales and simultaneously Attorney General for Northern Ireland from 1987-1992.
He was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1992-1997, the longest anyone has served in this office.
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He was Member of Parliament (Member of Parliament) for the Tunbridge Wells constituency from its creation at the February 1974 general election, standing down at the 1997 election.