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David Mellor was born in Wareham, Dorset in 1949. He was educated at Swanage Grammar School, Christ’s College Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law.
He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1972, and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1990.
David Mellor won the marginal seat of Putney from Labour in 1979, and increased his majority at three successive elections, until his defeat in the Labour landslide of 1997, when the swing to Labour in Putney was one of the three lowest in Greater London.
David Mellor joined Mrs Thatcher’s Government in 1981, and was for four years her youngest Minister. Between 1981 and 1992 he served in six different Departments of State, including each of the big three – The Home Office, where he was Minister of State responsible for criminal justice policy for 5 years, the Foreign Office – where he was responsible for East-West relations and the Middle East, and the Treasury. He joined the Cabinet in 1990 as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in charge of overall Government expenditure, and in May 1992 became founding Secretary of State at the department of National Heritage.
Since leaving the Government David Mellor has pursued a multi-faceted career as a businessman, broadcaster and journalist.
David consults clients including BAe Systems, Ernst & Young, and Britain’s biggest management consultants, Cap Gemini on issues as diverse as acquisition, legality and governance.
David Mellor has presented more than 400 programmes for BBC Radio, on four of the BBC’s five national networks.
On television, David Mellor hosted two seasons of BBC2’s The Midnight Hour.
David Mellor writes two weekly columns for national newspapers. He is a critic for the Mail on Sunday, and a columnist for the London Evening Standard. For three years he was an art’s columnist for the Guardian, and has also been a columnist for the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror and for several years wrote the long established Man of the People column on current events for the Sunday People.
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