Stephen Sherbourne

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The Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury
Stephen Sherbourne in 2023
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
12 September 2013
Life Peerage
Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byDerek Howe
Succeeded byJohn Whittingdale
Personal details
Born (1945-10-15) 15 October 1945 (age 78)
Manchester, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materSt Edmund Hall, Oxford

Stephen Ashley Sherbourne, Baron Sherbourne of Didsbury, CBE (born 15 October 1945) is a British Conservative who was Political Secretary for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and chief of staff to Conservative leader Michael Howard.[1] He is currently a non-executive director of Smithfields Consultants.

He was born in Manchester, and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is known for his interest for liberal democracy and the free market.

He was knighted in 2006,[2] having previously been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1988 New Year Honours.[3] He was created a life peer on 12 September 2013 taking the title Baron Sherbourne of Didsbury, of Didsbury in the City of Manchester.[4]

Sherbourne is openly gay.[5]


  1. ^ Brown, Michael (12 November 2003). "Now Mr Howard needs a strong kitchen cabinet". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 March 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "No. 58099". The London Gazette. 15 September 2006. p. 12616.
  3. ^ "No. 51171". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1987. p. 8.
  4. ^ "No. 60628". The London Gazette. 16 September 2013. p. 18217.
  5. ^ Hayes, Jerry (21 May 2013). "Gay marriage vote: why it's groundhog day for the Tories". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Baron Sherbourne of Didsbury
Followed by
Government offices
Preceded by
Derek Howe
Political Secretary to the Prime Minister
Succeeded by