Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon David Lidington MP


David Lidington was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 11 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Aylesbury in 1992.


David was educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied history.

Political career

David was elected Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in 1992 and has held a number of positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2007 and Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010.

He served as Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) from May 2010 until July 2016.

David was Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council from July 2016 to June 2017.

Career outside politics

David worked for BP and Rio Tinto – Zinc Corporation (RTZ) before spending 3 years as Special Advisor to Douglas Hurd in the Home Office and Foreign Office.

Personal life

David is married to Helen and has 4 sons.

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Secretary of State for Justice has oversight of all Ministry of Justice (MoJ) business. His specific responsibilities include:

  • MoJ transformation
  • resourcing of the department
  • functions of the Lord Chancellor
  • EU exit and international business
  • judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity
  • corporate services

He receives a salary as Lord Chancellor and is unpaid as Secretary of State for Justice.

Previous roles in government

  1. Lord President of the Council

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Leader of the House of Commons

    • 2016 to 2017
  3. Minister of State for Europe

    • 2010 to 2016


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