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Rt. Hon. Douglas Richard HURD

Secretary

Rt. Hon. Douglas Richard HURD, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Privy Councillor, 1982.

Background

HURD, Rt. Hon. Douglas Richard was born on March 8, 1930. Parents: the late Lord Hurd.

Education

Eton College; Newcastle Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Career

President, Cambridge Union, 1952. Worked in Conservative Research Department, 1966-1968. Political Secretary to Right Honourable Edward Heath Member of Parliament, 1968-1974.

Member of Parliament for Mid Oxon, 1974-1983, and for Witney, since 1983. Opposition Spokesman on Europe, 1976-1979. Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1979-1983.

Minister of State, Home Office, 1983-1984. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 1984-1985. Secretary ofState for the Home Office, 1985-1989.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, since 1989. Her Majesty Diplomatic Service, Peking, the United Nations and Rome, 1952-1966.

Membership

Clubs: Beefsteak Club.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Writing.

Connections

Spouse Judith Smart, 9&2. Children: one son, one daughter, three son from previous marriage.