Arthur Davidson (politician)
|Shadow Attorney General|
24 November 1982 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Peter Archer|
|Succeeded by||John Morris|
|Member of Parliament
31 March 1966 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Harry Hynd|
|Succeeded by||Constituency Abolished|
|Born||7 November 1928|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
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.
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.
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, and continues to work at Express Newspapers.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1955, 1966 & 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Arthur Davidson
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Accrington
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