David Waddington, Baron Waddington

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The Lord Waddington

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Governor of Bermuda
In office
11 April 1992 – 2 May 1997
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierJohn Swan
David Saul
Pamela Gordon
Preceded byDesmond Langley
Succeeded byThorold Masefield
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
In office
28 November 1990 – 11 April 1992
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Lord Belstead
Succeeded byThe Lord Wakeham
Home Secretary
In office
26 October 1989 – 28 November 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byDouglas Hurd
Succeeded byKenneth Baker
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
13 June 1987 – 24 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byJohn Wakeham
Succeeded byTim Renton
Member of Parliament
for Ribble Valley
In office
9 June 1983 – 28 November 1990
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byMichael Carr
Member of Parliament
for Clitheroe
In office
1 March 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byDavid Walder
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Nelson and Colne
In office
27 June 1968 – 10 October 1974
Preceded bySydney Silverman
Succeeded byDoug Hoyle
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
4 December 1990 – 26 March 2015
Life Peerage
Personal details
David Charles Waddington

(1929-08-02)2 August 1929
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Died23 February 2017(2017-02-23) (aged 87)
Political partyConservative
Gillian Green (m. 1958)
Alma materHertford College, Oxford
Gray's Inn

David Charles Waddington, Baron Waddington, GCVO, PC, QC, DL (2 August 1929 – 23 February 2017) was a British politician and barrister.

A member of the Conservative Party, he served as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons from 1968 to 1974, and from 1979 to 1990, and was then made a life peer. During his parliamentary career, Waddington worked in government as Chief Whip, then as Home Secretary and finally as Leader of the House of Lords. He then served as the Governor of Bermuda between 1992 and 1997.

Early life[edit]

Waddington was born in Burnley, Lancashire, the youngest of five. His father and grandfather were both solicitors in Burnley. He was educated at Cressbrook School and Sedbergh School, both independent schools.[1]

He then attended Hertford College, Oxford, where he became President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. He was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1951.[2]

Political career[edit]

Waddington stood for election several times before being successful. He was the Conservative candidate at Farnworth in the 1955 general election, at Nelson and Colne in 1964, and at Heywood and Royton in 1966.[3]

He was first elected to Parliament at the 1968 Nelson and Colne by-election, caused by the death of Labour MP Sydney Silverman. He was re-elected there in 1970 and in February 1974, but lost his seat at the October 1974 general election by a margin of 669 votes to Labour's Doug Hoyle.[2]

Waddington was returned to Parliament for Clitheroe at a by-election in March 1979, and was subsequently elected for the broadly similar Ribble Valley constituency in 1983.[1]

In government[edit]

A junior minister under Margaret Thatcher, Waddington was a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury and Government Whip (1979–81), Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Employment (1981–83), Minister of State at the Home Office (1983–87), and Chief Whip from 1987 until his elevation to Cabinet level in 1989, when he became Home Secretary.[3] On Monday 5 November 1990, he was the guest-of-honour at the annual dinner of the Conservative Monday Club[4]

Life peer[edit]

On 4 December 1990, he was created a life peer as Baron Waddington, of Read in the County of Lancashire.[5] He served as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords until 1992. He then served as Governor of Bermuda from 1992 until 1997.[6][7]

Lord Waddington was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1994.[8] In 2008, his amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, known as the Waddington Amendment, inserted a freedom of speech clause into new anti-homophobic hate crime legislation.[9]

In November 2009, the Government failed to repeal the Waddington Amendment in the Coroners and Justice Bill.[10][11] On 26 March 2015, Lord Waddington retired from the House of Lords pursuant to Section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.[12]


Lord Waddington died on 23 February 2017, aged 87. He was survived by his wife, and their five children.[2]



  1. ^ a b Kavanagh, Dennis (25 February 2017). "Lord Waddington obituary: Chief Whip and former Home Secretary was loyal supporter of Margaret Thatcher". The Independent.
  2. ^ a b c Bates, Stephen (24 February 2017). "Lord Waddington obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "Lord Waddington profile". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ Monday News Jan, 1991.
  5. ^ "No. 52357". The London Gazette. 7 December 1990. p. 18904.
  6. ^ Staff (7 May 1997). "From Bermuda to the treacle mines for Lord David". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. After almost five years as Governor of Bermuda, Lord Waddington has come home to the Ribble Valley.
  7. ^ "FROM BERMUDA TO THE TREACLE MINES FOR LORD DAVID". Webcitation.org. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  8. ^ "No. 53640". The London Gazette. 12 April 1994. p. 5476.
  9. ^ "Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008". Opsi.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Coroners and Justice Bill". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  11. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 12 November 2009 (pt 0008)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2016.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Lords Hansard text for 26 March 2015 (pt 0001)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sydney Silverman
Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne
Succeeded by
Doug Hoyle
Preceded by
David Walder
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ribble Valley
Succeeded by
Michael Carr
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John Wakeham
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
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Timothy Renton
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
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Douglas Hurd
Home Secretary
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Kenneth Baker
Preceded by
The Lord Belstead
Leader of the House of Lords
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The Lord Wakeham
Lord Privy Seal
Party political offices
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The Lord Belstead
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
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The Lord Wakeham
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Desmond Langley
Governor of Bermuda
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