Lord Hunt of Wirral

David Hunt

David Hunt



Address as

Lord Hunt

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 6688


Electoral history

Contested Bristol South 1970 and Kingswood 1974 general elections. MP (Conservative) for Wirral 1976-83, for Wirral West 1983-97

Parliamentary career

Opposition Spokesperson for Shipping and Shipbuilding 1977-97; PPS to John Nott as Secretary of State for: Trade 1979-81, Defence 1981; Assistant Whip 1981-83; Government Whip 1983-84; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy 1984-87; Deputy Chief Whip (Treasurer of HM Household) 1987-89; Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities 1989-90; Secretary of State: for Wales 1990-93, for Employment 1993-94; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for Public Service and Science 1994-95

Lords career

Opposition Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform/Business, Innovation and Skills 2008-10

Party groups

Vice-chair, Bristol Conservative Association 1970; Chair, National Young Conservatives 1972-73; Vice-President, European Conservative and Christian Democratic Youth Community 1974-76; Vice-chair, Conservative Party 1983-84; Tory Reform Group: President 1991-97, Patron 1997-

Councils, public bodies

Chair, British Youth Council 1971-74; Member: South West Economic Planning Council 1972-76, Government Advisory Committee on Pop Festivals 1972-75; President, British Youth Council 1978-80; English Speaking Union: Governor 1998-, Deputy chair 2000-05, Chair 2005-11, International chair 2008-11; Board of the Chartered Insurance Institute: Professional Standards Board: Chair 2004-06, President 2007-08; Chair: McEdCo 2009-, Lending Standards Board 2011-, Press Complaints Commission 2011-

International bodies

Governor, European Youth Foundation at Strasbourg 1972-75; Chair, British Atlantic Group of Young Politicians 1979-81; President, Atlantic Association for Young Political Leaders 1981-83

Political interests

Europe, business and economy, skills

Countries of interest

Commonwealth, European Union, USA

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Hunt of Wirral, of Wirral in the County of Merseyside 1997

Register of Interests

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Practising Solicitor and Partner since 1968, Beachcroft LLP (international commercial law firm; DAC Beachcroft LLP from 31 October 2011)

Non-executive Chairman, McDonald's Education Company

Chairman, Press Complaints Commission

Chairman, Lending Standards Board

8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

Hospitality and travel (but no remuneration) received as a guest lecturer (accompanied by wife) with Saga Shipping, 5-24 April 2011)

10: Non-financial interests (d)

Director, Association of Conservative Clubs

Director, Parliamentary Committee against Anti-Semitism

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Director, Case Management Society

Vice President, Holocaust Educational Trust

Deputy President, ROSPA

Trustee and Churchwarden, St Mary Magdalene Church, Chewton Mendip, Somerset