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Rt. Hon. Sir Leon BRITTAN

Vice-President of the European Commission

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.


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


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


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.


  • Defence and Arms Control in a Changing Era
  • 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.


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