David Triesman, Baron Triesman
The Lord Triesman
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality|
29 June 2007 – 25 January 2008
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Bill Rammell|
|Succeeded by||David Lammy|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
10 May 2005 – 28 June 2007
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Chris Mullin|
|Succeeded by||Meg Munn|
|General Secretary of the Labour Party|
24 July 2001 – 16 December 2003
|Preceded by||Margaret McDonagh|
|Succeeded by||Matt Carter|
|General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers|
|Preceded by||Diana Warwick|
|Succeeded by||Sally Hunt|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
12 January 2004
David Maxim Triesman
30 October 1943
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
British Communist Party
|Alma mater||University of Essex,|
King's College, Cambridge
|Occupation||Academic, trade unionist, Merchant Banker, Politician|
|Awards||Hon Doctorates, etc: University of Northamptonshire, London South Bank University, University of Essex, Icebreaker Award for China-UK Relations|
Triesman is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords. Until resigning the whip in July 2019, Triesman sat as a Labour peer, having previously been a minister in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was Chairman of the Football Association from 2008 to 2010.
Triesman (named Maxim after Maxim Gorky, the Russian author, whom his mother admired) was born into a North London Jewish community. He was the son of Michael Triesman, an advertising manager and wartime aircraft inspector of Belarusian and Latvian descent, and Rita Triesman (née Lubran) of French descent. His parents were active Communists.
At Essex University, Triesman and a group of fellow students seized control declaring it a 'free university'. He was subsequently suspended from Essex in 1968 after interrupting a meeting addressed by a defence industry scientist but readmitted after two weeks.
Triesman has been involved in business in real estate, banking, publishing and fine art. He has served on the boards and advisory boards of several companies including chairing Victoria Management, the advisory board of UBS and Templewood Merchant Bank and some of its subsidiaries. He is an Executive Board member of the Salamanca Group and its subsidiaries, One Ocean Enterprises, Funding Affordable Homes (and its Housing Association).
Politics and union career
In 1959, aged 16, Triesman became a member of the Labour Party but eleven years later resigned and joined the Communist Party where he remained for six years, following which he rejoined the Labour Party. He is an ex-Maoist.
For a number of years, he was a lecturer and research director at South Bank Polytechnic (now London South Bank University) and held roles in the lecturers' union, NATFHE. Triesman became a full-time union official of NATFHE in 1984, with the post of National Negotiating Secretary. He was also General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers from 1993 until 2001.
David Triesman, as union official in NATFHE, displayed this ‘quality’ in the 1987 Weaver v NATFHE Industrial Tribunal case when he claimed, after the union had denied advice and assistance to a victim of racial harassment by a union officer, that the union had an extant policy which did not provide advice and assistance to victims of racist harassment but gave those responsible for the racist harassment trade union representation. The Industrial Tribunal, despite criticising NATFHE officials for their actions in the Weaver case, accepted this policy. Subsequent information from within NATFHE circles showed that, contrary to Triesman evidence at the Industrial Tribunal, this policy was non-existent and had been put to the Industrial Tribunal to avoid he union being found guilty of racial discrimination. For further information you should consult ‘The Anti-racism Myth: A Flight into the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by G Weaver, especially chapters 7,8,10,15,16. This can be downloaded free at www.theplebeian.net (Weaver v NATFHE IT Tribunal, B'ham 8-10 June 1987)
He then was appointed as the General Secretary of the Labour Party from 2001 to December 2003, where a significant part of his job was to maintain the support of the trade unions who had become disillusioned with Tony Blair's government.
He was created a Life Peer on 9 January 2004 taking the title Baron Triesman, of Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey, prior to which he was elected a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge in 2000, for the study of economics and Higher Education. He has published a number of academic papers in economics and epidemiology. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Triesman is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. In 2015, he was awarded the Icebreaker Award by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK for services to Chinese-UK relations, including football.
Under Tony Blair's third Labour administration, Triesman served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for relations with Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Overseas Territories, the Commonwealth, UK visas, migration policy working directly to the Prime Minister, consular policy, the British Council, the BBC World Service and the Chevening Scholarships Scheme. During this period, he conducted negotiations with Iran to secure the release of a group of British naval and marine personnel who had been taken prisoner in the Upper Persian Gulf. In the reshuffle of 29 June 2007, he was moved to the newly created post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. In this role, he had responsibility for quality in higher education, innovation and intellectual property and future planning. In 2004, he was appointed as a Lord in Waiting. He is a member of the European Affairs External Affairs Select Committee. He is chairman of the Design Commission. He is co-chairman of the All Party St Lucia Group and a member of the All Party China and Chinese in Britain Group.
A longtime fan of Tottenham Hotspur and Patron of the club's charitable Foundation, Triesman became the first independent Chairman of the Football Association in January 2008. He resigned in May 2010. Triesman was a Board member at Wembley National Stadium, the Premier League shareholders' meeting, the Football Foundation, and is a qualified senior football referee.
In February 2011 he testified before a parliamentary committee on the state of the administration of English football. He was heavily critical of the FA, saying it was shying away from governing the game. He was especially damning of the FA's administrative procedures and its working relationship with other football bodies, in particular the Premier League.
Comments about FIFA bribery allegations
On 16 May 2010, the Mail on Sunday revealed Lord Triesman made comments about alleged bribery attempts by Spain and Russia of referees in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Triesman asserted, "there’s some evidence that the Spanish football authorities are trying to identify the referees ... and pay them." It was announced that he was to 'quit' both the FA and England's 2018 bid. On 10 May 2011, Triesman, speaking before a British parliamentary select committee, affirmed his suspicions of bribery concerning four FIFA members, claiming that they sought bribes in return for backing England's failed 2018 World Cup bid. Whilst the FIFA Executive Committee dismissed the allegations, all the FIFA officials named have subsequently been either convicted of offences, or face extradition to the USA for trial. They with other FIFA executives have been banned for different periods from all contact with football.
- "Labour's Lord Triesman resigns whip over 'anti-Semitism'". BBC News. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
- Francis Beckett (1 October 2001). "New Labour and proud of it". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
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- "Oration for Honorary Graduand Lord David Triesman" (PDF). University of Essex. 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Video on YouTube
- Lipsett, Anthea (18 October 2007). "Former radical appointed students minister". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 October 2007.
- Tom Happold (16 December 2003). "Labour gets Carter for general secretary". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Grice, Andrew (25 August 2002). "David Triesman: The Blairite trade unionist determined to square the funding circle". The Independent. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "No. 57178". The London Gazette. 14 January 2004. p. 443.
- "Lord Triesman - Biography". House of Lords. UK Parliament. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Advisory Council - Political Council members". Henry Jackson Society. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- Gallagher, Ian (15 May 2010). "FA chief Lord Triesman accuses Spain and Russia of bid to bribe World Cup referees". Mail on Sunday. London.
- Damning criticism of English FA, RTHK, 9 February 2011
- Matthew Syed (17 May 2010). "It's a travesty that Triesman has been forced out". The Times.
- "Lord Triesman quits FA and 2018 World Cup bid jobs". BBC. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- Gallagher, Ian (16 May 2010). "FA chief Lord Triesman quits England's 2018 bid after accusing Spain and Russia of trying to bribe World Cup referees". The Mail on Sunday. London. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
- "Ex-FA boss makes Fifa bribe claim". BBC News. 10 May 2011.
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
|Party political offices|
| General Secretary of the Labour Party
|Trade union offices|
| General Secretary of the Association of University Teachers