Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham

Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham

Infobox Politician

honorific-prefix = The Right Honourable
name = Douglas Hogg
honorific-suffix =
office = Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
term_start = 5 July 1995
term_end = 2 May 1997
primeminister = John Major
predecessor = William Waldegrave
successor = Jack Cunningham
constituency_MP2 = Sleaford and North Hykeham
Grantham (1979-1997)
term_start2 = 4 May 1979
term_end2 =
majority2 = 12,705 (23.8%)
predecessor2 = Joseph Godber
successor2 = Incumbent
birth_date = Birth date and age|1945|02|05|df=yes
birth_place = Chelsea, London
death_date =
death_place =
nationality = British
spouse = Sarah Hogg
party = Conservative
relations =
children =
residence =
alma_mater =
occupation =
profession =
religion = Anglican

website =
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Douglas Martin Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham, PC, QC, MP (born 5 February 1945), is a British politician and barrister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Sleaford and North Hykeham.

Early life

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 College and Christ Church, Oxford where 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 barrister since. He became a Queen's Counsel in 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

He was elected as a Member of Parliament at the 1979 General Election for the Lincolnshire seat of Grantham following the retirement of the sitting Conservative MP Joseph Godber.

Hogg held the seat with a majority of 18,150 and has remained an MP since. His seat at Grantham was abolished, and since the 1997 General Election he has represented Sleaford and North Hykeham.

In government

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 Brittan in 1982.

He became a member of the government of Margaret Thatcher following 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 State at the Home Office and was promoted in 1989 as the Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry.

He was moved in 1990 under the leadership of John Major to 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 Food in 1995, serving in that capacity during the BSE crisis for which he received much criticism [cite web | url= | 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 Blair government 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.

Personal life

He has been married to Sarah, daughter of John Boyd-Carpenter, since 1968 and they have a son and a daughter.


External links

* [ Conservative Party - Rt Hon Douglas Hogg QC MP] biography
* [,9290,-2461,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Douglas Hogg MP]
* [ - Douglas Hogg MP]
* [ The Public Whip - Douglas Hogg MP] voting record
* [ BBC News - Douglas Hogg] profile 15 February 2005

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