David Curry

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The Right Honourable
David Curry
Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government
In office
11 November 2003 – 15 March 2004
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by David Davis as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister
Succeeded by Caroline Spelman
Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
11 June 1997 – December 1997
Leader William Hague
Preceded by Douglas Hogg
Succeeded by Tim Yeo
Member of Parliament
for Skipton and Ripon
In office
11 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by John Watson
Succeeded by Julian Smith
Personal details
Born (1944-06-13) 13 June 1944 (age 70)
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anne Helene Maud Roullet
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Occupation Journalist

David Maurice Curry (born 13 June 1944) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Skipton and Ripon from 1987 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Curry, the son of a teacher, was educated at the Ripon Grammar School where he was head boy in 1962, and then at Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he received a BA degree in Modern History in 1966. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. He began his career as a reporter on the Newcastle Journal in 1966. In 1970, he became the world trade editor at The Financial Times where he remained until he was elected to the European Parliament. In 1977, he founded the Paris Conservative Association. He contested the safe Labour seat at Morpeth at the February 1974 general election, but was soundly beaten by the sitting Labour MP George Grant by 13,034 votes. The two met again at the October 1974 general election, when on this occasion Grant won by 14,687. Curry was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1979 for Essex North East, he served in Strasbourg (and Brussels) until 1989.

Political career[edit]

Curry was elected to the House of Commons for the very safe Conservative seat of Skipton and Ripon at the 1987 general election on the retirement of the sitting Conservative MP John Watson. Curry held the seat with a strong majority of 17,174 and has held the seat safely since. On his election he became a member of the Agriculture Select Committee until he was promoted to the government of Margaret Thatcher in 1989 as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and was promoted within the same department to Minister of State after the 1992 general election by John Major, a year later he moved sideways to the Department for the Environment where he remained until the Major government fell at the 1997 general election. He became a Member of the Privy Council in 1996. In opposition he became the Shadow Agriculture Secretary, but resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in December 1997 in protest at the policy of ruling out Britain joining the single European currency for the next ten years. In 1998, he became the chairman of the Agriculture Select Committee, and after the 2001 general election, its successor the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee until 2003 when he promoted again to the Shadow Cabinet by Michael Howard as the Shadow Local and Devolved Government Secretary until he resigned again, this time citing 'family reasons' in 2004,[1] he was replaced by Caroline Spelman. He was a member of the Public Accounts Select Committee from 2004.

On 5 February 2009, Curry announced that he would not stand again at the 2010 election.[2]

On 19 November 2009 Curry stood down from his position as chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Standards and Privileges after claims from the Telegraph newspaper regarding his expenses and has reportedly referred himself to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority for investigation.[3]

In January 2013 Curry was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Parliamentary Review.


  • The Food War: US-EU Food Politics by David Curry, 1982, EDG
  • The Conservative Tradition in Europe Edited by David Curry, 1998, Mainstream
  • Lobbying Government: A practical Guide for the Housing Industry and Lobby by David Curry, 1999, Chartered Institute of Housing, ISBN 1-900396-48-3
  • The Sorcerers Apprentice: Government and Globalisation by David Curry, 2000, Local Government Association, ISBN 1-84049-161-2


  1. ^ "Curry quits the Tory front bench". BBC News. 15 March 2004. 
  2. ^ "MP to stand down at next election". BBC News. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  3. ^ Prince, Rosa; Winnett, Robert; Watt, Holly (19 November 2009). "MPs' expenses: David Curry quits as standards chief over new Telegraph disclosures". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 November 2009. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Watson
Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon
Succeeded by
Julian Smith
Political offices
Preceded by
David Davis
as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister
Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government
Succeeded by
Caroline Spelman