David Shaw (British politician)

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David Lawrence Shaw (born 14 November 1950) is a British former Member of Parliament (MP). He was the Conservative Member for Dover from the 1987 general election until the 1997 election, when he lost the seat to Gwyn Prosser of Labour. He was one of the first British Members of Parliament to use the Internet to communicate.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shaw was educated at the King's College School, Wimbledon and the City of London Polytechnic.

Political career[edit]

Shaw contested the Leigh, Greater Manchester, constituency at the 1979 general election, but was not elected.

Shaw was embroiled in the Pamella Bordes scandal after providing her with a House of Commons security pass. Bordes was "his part-time unpaid researcher" from the end of December 1988 until 21 February 1989, working on the Net Book Agreement.[2]

At the 2001 general election he stood in the London constituency of Kingston and Surbiton against the Liberal Democrat MP Edward Davey, who was defending a majority of just 56 from the election four years earlier. In the event, Davey held the seat with a majority increased by over 15,000.

Political positions[edit]

  • Chairman, Bow Group, 1983–84
  • Founder, Transatlantic Conference, 1982
  • Member, Social Security Select Committee, 1991–97
  • Joint Chairman, All Party Committee on Dolphins, 1989–97
  • Chairman, Conservative Backbench Smaller Businesses Committee, 1990–97 (Secretary, 1987–90)
  • Vice Chairman, Conservative Backbench Finance Committee, 1991–97 (Hon. Secretary, 1990–91)
  • Vice-Chairman, Kingston and Malden Conservative Association, 1979–86

Professional career[edit]

Shaw was a Chartered accountant and the founder, Chairman and Director, Sabrelance Ltd, corporate finance advisers, since 1983.

Positions held[edit]

  • FCA 1974
  • Coopers & Lybrand, 1971–79
  • County Bank, 1979–83
  • Chairman: RRI PLC, 1994–2000
  • 2020 Strategy Ltd, 1997–
  • Deputy Chairman, The Adscene Group PLC, 1986–99
  • Director, Nettec plc, 2003–05
  • Member, Political, Communications and Marketing Committee
  • Quoted Cos Alliance (formerly City Group for Smaller Quoted Companies), 1997–
  • Member, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council, 1974–78
  • Member, Board of Senior Advisors, Center for Global Economic Growth, Washington DC, 2005–
  • Founder and Director, David Shaw Charitable Trust, 1994–
  • Vice-President, Institute of Patentees and Inventors, 1996–

Personal life[edit]

Shaw married Dr Lesley Brown in 1986. They have one son, born in September 1989 and one daughter, Annabel who addressed the Conservative Party Conference in 2009 at just 15 years of age.[3]


  1. ^ Martyn Williams (January 20, 1995). "10 Downing Street on the Web". Newsbytes News Network. Retrieved May 16, 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Geoffrey Parkhouse (Senior Political Editor), "Tory Hopes Rest on Inflation Beater". Glasgow Herald. March 14, 1989. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Schoolgirl Annabel Shaw does a "William Hague" with tub-thumping speech at the Tory party conference". Daily Mirror. October 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Rees
Member of Parliament for Dover
Succeeded by
Gwyn Prosser