James O'Shaughnessy, Baron O'Shaughnessy

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The Lord O'Shaughnessy
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
In office
21 December 2016 – 31 December 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byThe Lord Prior of Brampton
Succeeded byThe Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford
Government Whip
In office
21 December 2016 – 11 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byThe Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen
Succeeded byThe Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
9 October 2015
Life peerage
Personal details
Born (1976-03-26) 26 March 1976 (age 43)
Political partyConservative

James Richard O'Shaughnessy, Baron O'Shaughnessy (born 26 March 1976) is a British Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords.

He was educated at Claires Court School and Wellington College, both in Berkshire and graduated from St Hugh's College, Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1998.

A former Downing Street aide, he was Director of Policy to the Prime Minister from May 2010 to October 2011.[1][2]

He was created a life peer on 1 October 2015 taking the title Baron O'Shaughnessy, of Maidenhead in the Royal County of Berkshire.[3]

He was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care and as Lord in Waiting (i.e. government whip in the House of Lords) on 21 December 2016.[4] He resigned on 31 December 2018 due to "family circumstances."[5]


  1. ^ "Cameron aide broke rules by joining lobbying firm". The Independent. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Downing Street denies aide to Prime Minister 'broke rules by joining lobbying firm'". MailOnline. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ "notice 2410213". The London Gazette.
  4. ^ "Ministerial appointments: 21 December 2016". 10 Downing Street. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. ^ Alex Morales (3 April 2019). "Theresa May's Ministerial Resignations Pile Up at Rate of 1.5 a Month". Bloomberg.