David has been the Member of Parliament for the Aylesbury constituency since 1992. He was a member of Theresa May’s cabinet, serving as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Before elected to the House of Commons, David took a degree in history and then a doctorate in Elizabethan history at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He then worked for a time in industry for BP and for Rio Tinto.
While an MP, David has held a number of different responsibilities. He served on the education select committee during his first parliamentary term. During the Labour governments of 1997-2010, he worked as parliamentary private secretary to William Hague, the then Leader of the Opposition, and then was Opposition Spokesman successively on home affairs, treasury matters, environment and agriculture, Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
Under David Cameron’s Government he was Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for British policy towards the entire continent of Europe from Russia and Turkey to Iceland and Greenland. David has represented the United Kingdom at the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, the Council of Europe, NATO and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). His ministerial work took him to 45 countries on behalf of the British Government.
David has lived in Princes Risborough for more than 25 years. He is married to Helen, a local primary school teacher, and they have four grown up sons, all born in Stoke Mandeville hospital.
While an MP, David successfully piloted through parliament the Chiropractors Act 1994 which placed chiropractic on a professional, self-regulated basis for the first time.
While at university, David captained the Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University Challenge team which won the championship in 1979. In 2002, to mark the 40th anniversary of the show, previous winning teams were invited back for a Champion of Champions tournament which the Sidney Sussex team again won. So David has the rare claim of having captained a championship University Challenge team twice.