Douglas Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC is a British Conservative politician and novelist, who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1979 to 1995.
Standing in some of the most pivotal moments of recent political history, the Wiltshire-born peer’s extraordinary career has made him one of the most respected British political statesmen.
Lord Hurd first entered Parliament in February 1974 as MP for the Mid Oxfordshire constituency, which became Witney in 1983.
His first government post was as Minister for Europe from 1979 to 1983, and he served in several Cabinet roles from 1984 onwards, including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Home Secretary, and Foreign Secretary.
Lord Hurd stood for the Conservative Party leadership in 1990, and retired from frontline politics during a Cabinet reshuffle in 1995, but was elevated to the House of Lords two years later and remains one of the Conservative Party’s most senior elder statesmen.
As the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Hurd oversaw the turbulent years in politics from the late eighties to the mid-nineties, which included the Gulf War and other immense changes, particularly in Eastern Europe.
As Home Secretary, he promoted prison reform, including greater rehabilitation of offenders. As Foreign Secretary under John Major, Hurd fostered better relations with Europe after Margaret Thatcher’s eurosceptic end-of-term policies.
Describing his career using anecdotal tales during talks as an after dinner speaker, Lord Hurd is an engaging and intriguing character who has addressed hundreds of conferences and events. Highly perceptive of current affairs, he provides a perspective on the politics behind the alliances and agreements that have shaped history.
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