Peter Lilley


Peter Lilley was re-elected MP for Hitchin and Harpenden on May 7th 2015 with 31488 votes, taking 56.9% of the vote.

Peter Lilley was born in 1943 in Hayes, Kent. He was educated at Hayes County Primary School, Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied natural science and economics. He was a Director of Greenwell Montagu Stockbrokers (1986-87) where he headed the oil investment department and which he joined in 1972. He was previously an economic advisor in developing countries (1966-72). He is Non-executive Director of Melchior Japan Investment Trust plc, Tethys Petroleum Limited and IDOX plc, member of Advisory Board, School of Management, University of Southampton.

He was chairman of the Bow Group (1973-75) and a consultant Director of the Conservative Research Department (1979-83). He was Member of Parliament for St Albans from 1983-1997 and, following boundary changes in 1997, he became MP for Hitchin & Harpenden (which includes two thirds of his previous constituency).

Peter Lilley was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson (1984-1987).

His first ministerial appointment was as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (June 1987), then Financial Secretary to the Treasury (July 1989). He joined Mrs Thatcher's Cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1990-1992.

Mr Lilley was appointed Secretary of State for Social Security 1992-1997.

He ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party in June 1997 subsequently becoming Shadow Chancellor and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party responsible for overseeing renewal of policy until June1999. He Chaired the Globalization and Global Poverty Policy Group, advised Bob Geldof which reported in July 2007.


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Date of Birth

23 August 1943




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