David Prior (politician)
David Gifford Leathes Prior
|Member of Parliament
for Norfolk North
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Ralph Howell|
|Succeeded by||Norman Lamb|
|Born||3 December 1954|
The Honourable David Gifford Leathes Prior (born 3 December 1954) is a former Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He served as Member of Parliament (MP) for North Norfolk from 1997 until the 2001 general election, when he lost his seat to Norman Lamb of the Liberal Democrats by 483 votes.
He was elected as MP for North Norfolk in 1997 and he became Chief Executive of the Conservative Party and its deputy chairman. In 2002 he was appointed chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, resigning in November 2006.
On 14 November 2006, he was arrested, among others, by Norfolk Constabulary investigating allegations of financial irregularities at Cawston Park Hospital previously known as Cawston College, a private psychiatric hospital in Cawston, Norfolk. He was cleared of involvement in the alleged fraud on 15 February 2007 and subsequently reappointed as chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust. He is Chairman of the Ormistan Victory Academy and the Sir Issac Newton Free School, a six form college specialising in sciences and mathematics.
On 28 January 2013 he was appointed as Chairman of the Care Quality Commission. He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the 23rd most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013. In April 2014 he had a hip replacement operation paid for by private insurance in a wing partly reserved for private patients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.
He is the son of former Conservative cabinet minister James Prior, Baron Prior. He married Caroline Holmes on 14 February 1987. They have a son and a daughter.
- "Ex-MP cleared of fraud allegation". BBC News. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
- "New Chair of CQC announced". 13 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
- "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "NHS watchdog chief goes private for hip operation... avoiding the three-month wait patients face in hospitals he's meant to be improving". Daily Mail. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Norfolk North