David Trefgarne, 2nd Baron Trefgarne

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Trefgarne
PC
Minister for Trade
In office
25 July 1989 – 23 July 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byAlan Clark
Succeeded byTim Sainsbury
Minister of State for Defence Procurement
In office
21 May 1986 – 24 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byNorman Lamont
Succeeded byAlan Clark
Minister of State for Defence Support
In office
2 September 1985 – 21 May 1986
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Armed Forces
In office
14 June 1983 – 1 September 1985
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byJerry Wiggin
Succeeded byRoger Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security
In office
6 April 1982 – 14 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byThe Lord Elton
Succeeded byJohn Patten
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
14 September 1981 – 6 April 1982
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byRichard Luce
Succeeded byMalcolm Rifkind
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade
In office
5 January 1981 – 15 September 1981
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byNorman Tebbit
Succeeded byIain Sproat
Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
In office
9 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byThe Lord Wallace of Coslany
Succeeded byThe Lord Skelmersdale
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
29 June 1962
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded by1st Baron Trefgarne
Personal details
Born31 March 1941
Political partyConservative

David Garro Trefgarne, 2nd Baron Trefgarne, PC (born 31 March 1941), is a British Conservative politician.

Biography[edit]

The son of George Trefgarne, 1st Baron Trefgarne, Trefgarne succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Trefgarne in 1960 at the age of 19, having attended Haileybury and Imperial Service College. He took his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday in 1962. In contrast to his father, who was a Liberal and later Labour politician, he chose to sit on the Conservative benches.

Trefgarne was an opposition Whip from 1977 to 1979 and then served in the Conservative administration of Margaret Thatcher as a Government Whip from 1979 to 1981 and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade in 1981, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1981 to 1982, at the Department of Health and Social Security from 1982 to 1983 and at the Ministry of Defence from 1983 to 1985. The latter year he was promoted to Minister of State for Defence Support, a post he held until 1986, and then served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement from 1986 to 1989 and as a Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1989 to 1990. In 1989 he was admitted to the Privy Council.

He was president of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers when they merged with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 2006.

Lord Trefgarne is still a member of the House of Lords as one of the ninety hereditary peers elected by their colleagues to remain after the passing of the House of Lords Act of 1999. He has since blocked further reform of the Lords, tabling 'wrecking' amendments to a draft Bill to abolish by-elections for hereditary peers, proposed by Lord Grocott in 2018. [1]

He is currently the second longest serving member of the House after Lord Denham.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1941–1947: David Trefgarne
  • 1947–1960: The Honourable David Trefgarne
  • 1960–1989: The Right Honourable The Lord Trefgarne
  • 1989–present: The Right Honourable The Lord Trefgarne PC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garland, Jessica. "A handful of hereditary peers are trying to stifle reform – they are on the wrong side of history". Electoral Reform Society.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Trefgarne
Baron Trefgarne
1960–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hon. George Trefgarne