- Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham
The Right Honourable
name = Douglas Hogg
PC QC MP
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
term_start = 5 July 1995
term_end = 2 May 1997
predecessor = William Waldegrave
constituency_MP2 = Sleaford and North Hykeham
term_start2 = 4 May 1979
majority2 = 12,705 (23.8%)
successor2 = Incumbent
birth_date = Birth date and age|1945|02|05|df=yes
birth_place = Chelsea, London
nationality = British
spouse = Sarah Hogg
party = Conservative
religion = Anglican
Douglas Hogg is the son of Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone, a former
Lord Chancellor. He inherited the Viscountcy on 12 October 2001 upon the death of his father who had disclaimed that title for life in 1963, but who later accepted a life peerage in 1970; he is the grandson of Douglas Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham, also a former Lord Chancellor.
He was educated at
Eton Collegeand Christ Church, Oxfordwhere he was graduated with a degree in history in 1968. In 1967, he served as the President of the Oxford Union. He was called to the Bar in 1968, and has worked as a barristersince. He became a Queen's Counselin 1990, a year after his sister, Dame Mary Hogg, who is now a judge in the Family Division of the High Court.
Member of Parliament
In Parliament he served as a member of the agriculture, fisheries and food select committee from 1979 until he was appointed as the
Parliamentary Private Secretary(PPS) to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Leon Brittanin 1982.
He became a member of the government of
Margaret Thatcherfollowing the 1983 General Election when he was appointed as a whip for a year. He rejoined the government in 1986 when he was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of Stateat the Home Officeand was promoted in 1989 as the Minister of Stateat the Department of Trade and Industry.
He was moved in 1990 under the leadership of
John Majorto the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, becoming a member of the Privy Council in 1992. He joined Major's Cabinet as the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foodin 1995, serving in that capacity during the BSE crisis for which he received much criticism [cite web | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/236116.stm | title=Minister without a friend | author=Richard Wilson | work=BBC News | date=1998-12-16 | accessdate=2006-11-01] and remaining in post until the election of the Tony Blairgovernment in 1997. Following the 1997 General Election he was a member of the home affairs select committee for a year, and has remained on the backbenches since. The house of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords, meant that Viscount Hailsham did not have to disclaim his peerage to remain an MP on the death of his father.
He has been married to Sarah, daughter of
John Boyd-Carpenter, since 1968 and they have a son and a daughter.
* [http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&PersonID=4642 Conservative Party - Rt Hon Douglas Hogg QC MP] biography
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-2461,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Douglas Hogg MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/douglas_hogg/sleaford_and_north_hykeham TheyWorkForYou.com - Douglas Hogg MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Douglas_Hogg&mpc=Sleaford+%26amp%3B+North+Hykeham The Public Whip - Douglas Hogg MP] voting record
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/404.stm BBC News - Douglas Hogg] profile 15 February 2005
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