Raymond Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Asquith coat of arms
|Member of the House of Lords|
22 October 2014
|Prime Minister||David Cameron
|Preceded by||The Lord Methuen|
|Born||Raymond (Benedict Bartholomew Michael)
24 August 1952
London, United Kingdom
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Spouse(s)||Clare Asquith (née Pollen)|
|Parents||2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith (father)|
Balliol College, Oxford
Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, OBE (born 24 August 1952) is a British former diplomat and hereditary peer. Styled Viscount Asquith until he succeeded to his father's peerage titles on 16 January 2011, the earldom of Oxford and Asquith was created for his paternal great-grandfather, H. H. Asquith, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Lord Oxford (as he is now known) is the elder son of the late 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith. He is named after his paternal grandfather Raymond Asquith, a scholar and Army officer, who was killed in action during the First World War.
Raymond Asquith joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1980 as a career diplomat, serving until 1997. As well as postings in London at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and to the Cabinet Office, he served as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Moscow from 1983–85, and Counsellor at HM Embassy in Kiev from 1992–97. According to the Daily Telegraph, he was MI6 station commander in Moscow and was personally responsible for exfiltrating the KGB officer and British agent Oleg Gordievsky concealed in his car.
Asquith was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for "diplomatic services" in 1992. Other family members who served as British diplomats include his father, his brother Sir Dominic Asquith (former British Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt), and his maternal grandfather Sir Michael Palairet.
In October 2014, the Earl of Oxford and Asquith was elected in the House of Lords by-election to replace the late Lord Methuen (who died in July 2014) and to sit as a Liberal Democrat, alongside his cousin Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury on the government benches (as the LibDems were then part of a coalition government) in the House of Lords.
Married since 1978 to the author and scholar Clare Pollen (born 2 June 1951), eldest daughter of Francis Anthony Baring Pollen (1926–1987) by his wife Marie Therese Sheridan (later Viscountess Sidmouth, wife of the 7th Viscount), the Earl and Countess of Oxford and Asquith have a son and four daughters.
- Mark Julian Asquith, Viscount Asquith (born 13 May 1979)
- Lady Magdalen Katharine Asquith (born 30 December 1981)
- Lady Frances Sophia Asquith (born 1984)
- Lady Celia Rose Asquith (born 1989)
- Lady Isabel Anne Asquith (born 1991)
The senior branch of the Asquith family has been Roman Catholic since Katherine Asquith (mother of the 2nd Earl) converted after the death of her husband. Lord Oxford's mother was also a Catholic, as is his wife.
|Ancestors of Raymond Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith|
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Earl of Oxford and Asquith
- Who's Who (2007 edition, qv. "Asquith, Viscount", page 71, col. 2.)
- Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
- Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage
- Obituary: Sir Christopher Curwen Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2013
- The Hon Sir Dominic Asquith Debrett's People of Today
-  Liberal Democrats, 22 October 2014
- "Whole-House Hereditary Peers' By-election, October 2014: Result" (PDF). Parliament of the United Kingdom (House of Lords. 22 October 2014.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Biography Clare Asquith". The Peerage.
-  Article on Shakespeare's Catholic Code, by Clare Asquith
- . An interview with Clare Asquith (Countess of Oxford and Asquith)
- The Peerage, entry for 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|Earl of Oxford and Asquith
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
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