Arthur Davidson (politician)

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Arthur Davidson
Shadow Attorney General
In office
24 November 1982 – 9 June 1983
Leader Michael Foot
Preceded by Peter Archer
Succeeded by John Morris
Member of Parliament
for Accrington
In office
31 March 1966 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Harry Hynd
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1928-11-07) 7 November 1928 (age 88)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Arthur Davidson, QC (born 7 November 1928) is a British Labour Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Davidson was educated at Liverpool College, King George V School, Southport, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the university athletics team and captained the college team. He served with the Merchant Navy and became a barrister, called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1953 and appointed a QC in 1978.

Political career[edit]

Davidson contested Blackpool South in 1955 and Preston North in 1959. He was Member of Parliament for Accrington from 1966 to 1983, when the seat was abolished by boundary changes. He stood in the new seat of Hyndburn, but lost by just 21 votes to the Conservative Ken Hargreaves. He was a minister in the Attorney General's Department between 1974 and 1979 under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. From 1982 to 1983, he was Shadow Attorney General.

Outside Parliament[edit]

He is an expert in sports and media law, and acts for sportsmen including Robbie Fowler, Frank Bruno, Jimmy Hill and Kenny Dalglish. He was Legal Director of Associated Newspapers from 1985 to 1991 and Legal Director of Mirror Group Newspapers from 1991 to 1993,[1] and continues to work at Express Newspapers.

He enjoys jazz, and is a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club[2]



External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Hynd
Member of Parliament for Accrington
Constituency abolished