RT Hon Sir George Young MP

Sir George YoungSir George Young was Leader of the House of Commons between 2010 and 2012. First elected to Parliament in 1974 as Member of Parliament for Ealing Acton, a constituency that disappeared as a result of boundary changes in 1997, he was elected MP for North West Hampshire in May 1997.

As Member for North West Hampshire, he became Shadow Leader of the House of Commons in William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet, having been Shadow Defence Secretary from May 1997 until June 1998. In the June 1999 reshuffle, Sir George was given additional responsibilities as Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs.

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. Following the general election of 2010, he was appointed Leader of the House.


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