David Davis

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Born David Michael Davis
23 December 1948
York, England
Alma mater University of Warwick, University of London
Children 3
Spouse Doreen Davis
Party Conservative

Employment.png Shadow Home Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
11 November 2003 - 12 June 2008
Succeeded by Dominic Grieve

Employment.png Chairman of the Conservative Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
18 September 2001 - 23 July 2002
Succeeded by Theresa May

Employment.png Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

In office
18 June 1997 - 7 June 2001
Succeeded by Edward Leigh

Employment.png Minister of State for Europe Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
20 July 1994 - 2 May 1997

David Davis (born 23 December 1948) is a British Conservative Party politician who, on 13 July 2016, following the UK voting to leave the European Union, was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union by Theresa May.[1]

On 19 June 2017, David Davis attended the opening round of Brexit negotiations with the EU's Michel Barnier in Brussels.[2]

Political career

Entering Parliament in 1987 for the Boothferry constituency which later became Haltemprice and Howden, David Davis held the positions of Science Minister 1993-4 and then Foreign Office Minister 1994-97, where he was responsible for government negotiations on Europe, NATO enlargement, the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the updated Geneva Convention.

After the 1997 election, David Davis was elected as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. From 2001-2002 he was Chairman of the Conservative Party and from 2002-2003 Shadow Deputy Prime Minister. He served as Shadow Home Secretary from 2003 – 2008.

David Davis had previously been a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 2001 and 2005, coming fourth and then second.

Erosion of civil liberties

On 12 June 2008, Davis unexpectedly announced his intention to resign as an MP, and was immediately replaced as Shadow Home Secretary. This was in order to force a by-election in his seat, for which he intended to seek re-election by mounting a specific campaign designed to provoke wider public debate about the erosion of civil liberties in the United Kingdom. Following his formal resignation as an MP in June 2008, he officially became the Conservative candidate in the resulting by-election and won it in July 2008.

In 2010, Davis was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron to join the cabinet of his coalition government, but he declined and stayed on the backbenches.

Grammar School boy

Davis was raised on Aboyne Estate, a council estate in Tooting, South West London. After attending Bec Grammar School in Tooting, London, he studied molecular science and computing at Warwick University, and then gained an MBA at the London Business School 1971-73. At Harvard he took the advanced business programme from 1984-85, and began a career with sugar refiners Tate & Lyle.[3]


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