Jonathan Hill, Baron Hill of Oareford
Jonathan Hopkin Hill, Baron Hill of Oareford, CBE, PC (born 24 July 1960) is a British Conservative politician who served as Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (2013–14), and previously as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (2010–13) in the Conservative-LibDem Government.
Hill, a former political lobbyist and PR consultant, was special adviser to Cabinet Minister Kenneth Clarke and a Number 10 adviser to the last Conservative PM Sir John Major, before being appointed as a government minister in 2010.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, put Hill's name forward, on 15 July 2014, to be the UK's next EU Commissioner in European Commission President-elect Juncker's first administration, prompting his resignation from HM Government.
Early life and education
He was educated at Highgate School, then an all-boys independent school in the Highgate area of North London, before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge where he read History, graduating with the degree of MA.
Hill worked in the Conservative Research Department (1985–86), before serving as Special Adviser to Kenneth Clarke at the Department of Employment, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Health until 1989. After working for Lowe Bell Communications (1989–91), he worked at the Number 10 Policy Unit (1991–92) and served as Political Secretary to Prime Minister John Major and Head of the Prime Minister's Political Office (1992–94) during the Maastricht Treaty negotiations. He was appointed CBE in the 1995 New Year Honours List.
On 27 May 2010, he was created a Life Peer as Baron Hill of Oareford, of Oareford, in the County of Somerset, and was introduced to the House of Lords on the same day, taking office as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools in the Department for Education. In July 2012, the Sunday Times reported that Lord Hill had attempted, unsuccessfully, to resign as a Minister.
After the departure of Lord Strathclyde as Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords in January 2013, Hill was appointed as his successor and was sworn of the Privy Council.
Nomination to EU Commission
In July 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron nominated Lord Hill as UK European Commissioner under Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the European Commission, hoping for a "top economic portfolio". Cameron's nomination, rather than a better-known British politician, was regarded as controversial particularly since Hill had apparently expressed initial reluctance to go to Brussels; however two former Conservative Party leaders, Michael Howard and William Hague, both reportedly turned down this opportunity and David Cameron was keen to avoid triggering a potentially difficult by-election by nominating another sitting Tory MP. Juncker stated after his election that female and high-profile candidates would be among his preferred choices, prompting speculation by some that Cameron's nomination – of a virtually unknown male in European political circles, despite his competence – to be a protest against Juncker whose election he had opposed.
On September 10, 2014 Lord Hill was presented as designated EU Commissioner for the Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union portfolio in the forthcoming Juncker Commission. His newly-created Directorate-General will assimilate existing EU expertise and has responsibility for ensuring that the European Commission remains vigilant over the banking and financial sectors and is pro-active in implementing new supervisory and regulatory rules accordingly.
In 1988 Hill married Alexandra Jane, daughter of Major John Nettelfield MC, a British Army officer who served with distinction in the Royal Artillery during World War II; Lord and Lady Hill have a son and two daughters.
He holds shareholdings in Huntsworth plc, an international public relations company. In January 2013, The Independent stated he reportedly held at least £50,000+ worth of shares in the company which bought Quiller in 2006 for £5.9m, headed by Conservative parliamentarian Lord Chadlington.
- Too Close to Call: John Major, Power and Politics in No.10 by Sarah Hogg & Jonathan Hill, Little Brown (1995), ISBN 0-316-87716-6
- Life Peer as Baron Hill of Oareford, of Oareford, in the County of Somerset (created 27 May 2010)
- CBE (1995).
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 1994.
- The London Gazette: . 27 May 2010.
- Ross Hawkins (BBC)
- BBC: Lord Strathclyde resigns from Cabinet
- BBC: Lord Hill set to become UK's new EU Commissioner
- George Parker, Peter Spiegel (15 July 2014). "Lord Hill headed for Brussels". FT. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- Bruno Waterfield, and Steven Swinford (25 August 2014). "Britain denied key EU role for not picking a woman". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- London Gazette, Issue 37961
The Lord Strathclyde
|Leader of the House of Lords
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
|British European Commissioner
as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
|European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
|Party political offices|
The Lord Strathclyde
|Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston