David Davis

Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Since 1987 David Davis has been a Member of Parliament, representing a constituency in Yorkshire. In 1990 he joined the Government and served in both the Cabinet Office and the Foreign Office. Thereafter he served as Conservative Party Chairman, then Shadow Deputy Prime Minister.

 

After the 1997 election David was elected as Chairman of the influential Public Accounts Committee. In this role he spearheaded wide-ranging investigations into government policy and procedure, and recommended improvements to government IT strategies, privatisation methods, public service delivery and transparency in government accounts.

 

David was Shadow Home Secretary from 2003 until he announced his resignation in 2008, forcing a by-election to raise awareness of New Labour’s relentless erosion of civil liberties.

 

In 2010 David chaired The Future of Banking Commission which investigated the causes of the 2008 banking crisis. Funded by the consumer organisation Which?, many of the Commission’s recommendations were subsequently adopted by the Government’s Independent Commission on Banking.

 

In July 2016, following the EU Referendum in which he campaigned to leave the European Union, David was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. In this role he led the Government’s work on preparations to leave the EU, establishing the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and supporting the Prime Minister in the negotiations. He resigned from this post in July 2018 over a difference of principle with the Prime Minister.

 

Since leaving Government, David has retaken his position as a leading figure on the Conservative backbenches, campaigning on issues including Brexit, civil liberties, educational reform, tax fairness and social mobility matters. His considerable experience in ministerial and public posts means David is a respected speaker and commentator on banking, security, human rights, and foreign policy.

 

In addition to his Master’s in business, he has a B.SC. joint honours in Molecular Science and Computer Science and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard. 

 

David is one of the best known politicians in Britain and frequently appears locally and nationally on television and in the press.