Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt, CH

Sir George YoungSir George Young retired from the House of Commons at the 2015 election after 41 years as a Member of Parliament, first from 1974 to 1997 for Ealing Acton and then, when that constituency disappeared as a result of boundary changes, for North West Hampshire.

He served in the Coalition Government first as Leader of the House (2010-2012) and then as Chief Whip (2012-2014).

His earlier Ministerial career under Margaret Thatcher and John Major included spells at Health, Environment and Housing. He served as Financial Secretary to HM Treasury, 1994-1995 and as Secretary of State for Transport, 1995-1997. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in the June 1993 Birthday Honours.

In September 2000, Sir George resigned from the Shadow Cabinet to allow his name to go forward as a candidate for Speaker. In the new Parliament following the General Election of 2001, he was elected Chairman of the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges, a post to which he was again returned following the 2005 Election.

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