Jonathan Caine, Baron Caine

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Lord Caine

Jonathan Michael Caine, Baron Caine (born 1966, Leeds) is a British political aide (or "SPAD") who has served five Secretaries of State.

Education and career[edit]

Caine grew up in [Leeds]] in the 1970s, and was educated at Halton Primary and Middle School, then Temple Moor High School.[1] He studied history at the University of Leicester, where his specialism was the Home Rule Crisis and the Anglo-Irish Treaty.[1]

He joined the Conservative Research Department in 1987, working in the office next to David Cameron's.[1] He joined the party's Northern Ireland desk in 1988, and by 1991 was a special adviser at the Northern Ireland Office until 1995 - rejoining it in 2010.[1]

In 2008, Caine stated that he was a Director at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.[2]

In 2014, Caine worked as special adviser to Theresa Villiers, being described in the press as her "right-hand man".[1] Caine had also worked for Owen Paterson, and was described by him as "one of the foremost experts on Northern Ireland". However, a senior member of the SDLP noted that, although he understood Unionism in Ireland, he had no real understanding of Irish republicanism, and no sympathy for it.[1]

As of 2016, Caine had worked for Tom King, Peter Brooke, Patrick Mayhew, Owen Paterson, Theresa Villiers and James Brokenshire.[1][3]

He was nominated for a life peerage as part of David Cameron's Resignation Honours list and was created Baron Caine, of Temple Newsam in the City of Leeds, on 2 September 2016.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Caine supports Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos, and enjoys listening to Led Zeppelin.[1] He is a longstanding friend of David Trimble.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kane, Alex. "Profile: Jonathan Caine - Theresa Villiers' right hand man". Retrieved 2016-08-06.
  2. ^ a b Caine, Jonathan (2008-04-29). "Jonathan Caine: The Price of Peace". Conservative Home. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  3. ^ Black, Rebecca (2016-07-28). "Ex-BBC Cardwell man to advise Secretary of State Brokenshire: reports". Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  4. ^ "Resignation Honours 2016 - Publications - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  5. ^ "No. 61699". The London Gazette. 8 September 2016. p. 19124.