Power point presentation Speaker:  THE RT. HON. THE LORD YOUNG OF COOKHAM CH


George Samuel Knatchbull Young was born in 1941, and was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he won an Open Exhibition. As the sixth Baronet, he inherited the baronetcy in 1960. Sir George Young, a Conservative party politician, was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Ealing Acton in February 1974. 

When that constituency was abolished in 1997, he was elected MP for North West Hampshire, which he represented until he retired from the Commons in 2015. In David Cameron’s Dissolution Honours, he was made Lord Young of Cookham. He became a Privy Councillor in 1992, and a Companion of Honour in 2012.

A meteoric Parliamentary career spanning 5 Prime ministers. MARGARET THATCHER: Controller of the Household, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Environment, Undersecretary for Health & Social Security. JOHN MAJOR: Secretary of State for Transport, Financial Secretary for the Treasury, Minister for Housing. WILLIAM HAGUE: Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. DAVID CAMERON: Chief Whip for the House of Commons, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Chair of the Standards & Privileges Committee. BORIS JOHNSON: Lord-In-Waiting, Government Whip.

He voted against the Government in the 1980s, leading the rebellion against the Poll Tax.

He re-joined the Government in 2016 as a Lord-in-Waiting (Government Whip) in the House of Lords, resigning in August 2019 in protest at the Government’s decision to prorogue Parliament. Lord Young is married to Aurelia, daughter of the sculptor Oscar Nemon, and they have four children. They live in Cookham, where the family have lived continuously since 1770. Lord Young is the Author of “I’m Keeping Young” – a light-hearted collection of articles written when he was an MP.

 

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