David Mitchell (politician)

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Sir David Bower Mitchell (born 20 June 1928) is a British Conservative politician who served as a Member of Parliament for over 30 years.

Early life[edit]

Mitchell was born in the Amersham Rural District in Buckinghamshire.


Mitchell was educated at Aldenham School, Hertfordshire.

Life and career[edit]

Mitchell was a wine shipper and merchant. He served as a councillor on St Pancras Borough Council 1956-59. He contested St Pancras North in 1959. He was Member of Parliament for Basingstoke from 1964 to 1983, and for Hampshire North West from 1983 until he retired in 1997. He served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (9 Jun 1983 - 9 Jan 1986) and Minister for Transport (9 Jan 1986 - 25 Jul 1988)[1], and also for Northern Ireland and for Industry during the Thatcher government years.

His son Andrew Mitchell is Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield and was Secretary of State for International Development and briefly Chief Whip in the Cameron government.


Sir David Mitchell has published his autobiography entitled "From House to House, The Endless Adventures of Politics & Wine" with The Memoir Club, ISBN 978-1-84104-191-9


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Limited, 1992 edition.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Denzil Freeth
Member of Parliament for Basingstoke
Succeeded by
Andrew Hunter
New constituency Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire
Succeeded by
Sir George Young