Dominic Grieve

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The Right Honourable
Dominic Grieve
QC MP
Dominic Grieve.jpg
Attorney General for England and Wales
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
Incumbent
Assumed office
12 May 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Baroness Scotland of Asthal
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
In office
19 January 2009 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Nick Herbert
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
12 June 2008 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by David Davis
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Shadow Attorney General
In office
6 November 2003 – 7 September 2009
Leader Michael Howard
David Cameron
Preceded by Bill Cash
Succeeded by Edward Garnier
Member of Parliament
for Beaconsfield
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Tim Smith
Majority 21,782 (41.5%)
Personal details
Born (1956-05-24) 24 May 1956 (age 57)
Lambeth, London, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Caroline Hutton
Children 2
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Polytechnic of Central London
Middle Temple
Religion Church of England
Website www.dominicgrieve.org.uk

Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve, QC (born 24 May 1956)[1] is a British Conservative politician, barrister, Queen's Counsel[2] and a Member of the Privy Council. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Beaconsfield since 1997, and he has been Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland since 2010. He attends Cabinet.[3]

Early life[edit]

Grieve was born in Lambeth, the son of Percy Grieve QC (the MP for Solihull 1964–83) and of an Anglo-French mother, Evelyn Raymonde Louise Mijouain.[4] He was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, Colet Court preparatory school in Barnes, Westminster School,[2] and Magdalen College, Oxford,[2] where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History[2] in 1978. He was the President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1977.

He continued his studies at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster), where he received a Diploma in Law[2] in 1979.

Legal career[edit]

He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1980[5] and is a specialist in occupational safety and health law. He was made a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2005 and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2008.

Political career[edit]

Local council[edit]

He was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1982, remaining a councillor until 1986.[2] He contested the Norwood constituency in the London Borough of Lambeth at the 1987 general election[2] but finished in second place some 4,723 votes behind the veteran Labour MP John Fraser (although increasing the Conservative vote).

Member of Parliament[edit]

Grieve speaking in the House of Commons

He was elected to the House of Commons for the Buckinghamshire seat of Beaconsfield at the 1997 general election[2] following the retirement of Tim Smith. Grieve was elected with a majority of 13,987 votes and has remained the MP there since, increasing his majority at each successive election. He made his maiden speech on 21 May 1997.[6]

He was a member of both the Environmental Audit and the Statutory Instruments select committees from 1997 to 1999.[7] William Hague promoted him to the frontbench in 1999 when he became a spokesman on Scottish affairs, moving to speak on home affairs as the spokesman on criminal justice following the election of Iain Duncan Smith as the new leader of the Conservative Party in 2001, and was then promoted to be shadow Attorney General by Michael Howard in 2003.[2] He also had responsibility for community cohesion on behalf of the Conservative Party. He was retained as shadow Attorney General by the new Conservative Leader, David Cameron and was appointed Shadow Home Secretary on 12 June 2008 following the resignation of David Davis.[8]

Grieve was instrumental in the defeat of the Labour government in early 2006 in relation to the proposal that the Home Secretary should have power to detain suspected terrorists for periods up to 90 days without charge. He broadcasts in French on French radio and television.[9] He is not, however, an enthusiast for the EU.[citation needed]

Grieve was criticised for investments in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.[10]

In the last Conservative Shadow Cabinet reshuffle before the General Election of 2010, carried out on 19 January 2009, Grieve was moved to become Shadow Justice Secretary, opposite Jack Straw. According to the BBC, Grieve was said to be "very happy with the move" which would suit his talents better.[11]

After the 2010 general election, Grieve was appointed as the new Attorney General. Grieve was one of four members of the cabinet who abstained in the May 2013 Same-Sex Marriage vote. He said that he believed that the Bill had been 'badly conceived'.[12]

On 28 May 2010 he was appointed to the Privy Council as part of the 2010 Dissolusion of Parliament Honours List.[13][14]

Corruption in minority claims[edit]

On 22 November 2013 he was reported as stating politicians need to "wake up" to the issue of corruption in some minority communities [15] and that "that corruption in parts of the Pakistani community is “endemic”".[16] Two days later he apologised and said he had not meant to suggest there was a 'particular problem in the Pakistani community' [17]

Personal life[edit]

Grieve in 2007

He is a practising Anglican and was a member of the London Diocesan Synod of the Church of England[7] for six years from 1994. He married fellow barrister, Caroline Hutton[7] in October 1990 in the City of London and they have two teenage sons.[18]

He lists his hobbies as "canoeing, boating on the Thames at weekends, mountain climbing, skiing and fell walking, architecture, art and travel".[7] He was a police station lay visitor[7] for six years from 1990 and worked in Brixton on various bodies set up to reconcile the different communities after the riots.

Grieve's wealth is estimated at £3.1 million.[19][20]


Styles[edit]

  • Mr Dominic Grieve (1956–97)
  • Mr Dominic Grieve MP (1997–2008)
  • Mr Dominic Grieve QC MP (2008–2010)
  • The Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP (2010–)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dominic Grieve". BBC News Online. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Dominic Grieve MP". Conservative party website. Retrieved 15 June 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19475248
  4. ^ Who's Who. London: A & C Black. 1964. 
  5. ^ "Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Dominic Grieve MP". guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "House of Commons Hansard for 21 May 1997 (pt 40)". House of Commons Hansard. Retrieved 14 June 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Dominic Grieve MP". Dominic Grieve official site. Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "– David Davis resigns from Commons". BBC News. 13 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Spéciales élections en Grande-Bretagne - Vidéo Dailymotion". Dailymotion.com. 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Blood money: the MPs cashing in on Zimbabwe's misery". The Independent (London). 29 June 2008. 
  11. ^ "Pickles chairman in Tory shake-up". BBC News. 19 January 2009. 
  12. ^ http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/10440767.Beaconsfield_MP__gay_marriage_bill__badly_conceived_/
  13. ^ http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/peerages-honours-and-appointments/
  14. ^ "Privy Counsellors | Privy Council". Privycouncil.independent.gov.uk. 
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25062450
  16. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10469448/Corruption-rife-in-the-Pakistani-community-says-minister.html
  17. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512721/Attorney-General-forced-apologise-saying-corruption-endemic-Britains-Pakistani-community.html
  18. ^ "Dominic Grieve MP". Dominic Grieve official site. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  19. ^ Samira Shackle, Stephanie Hegarty and George Eaton The new ruling class New Statesman 1 October 2009.
  20. ^ Glen Owen The coalition of millionaires: 23 of the 29 member of the new cabinet are worth more than £1m... and the Lib Dems are just as wealthy as the Tories Mail on Sunday 23 May 2010.

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