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David Mellor


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David Mellor is a Politician, barrister, broadcaster, journalist and football pundit.

David Mellor was MP for Putney between 1979 & 1997.  He served two years in the Cabinet from 1990 to 1992, first as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then as Secretary of State for National Heritage.

He was educated at Swanage Grammar School & Christ’s College, Cambridge graduating in law in 1970.  He was called to the bar in 1972 & became a QC in 1987.

David held office for 11 years in six different ministries including all of the big three Departments of State; the Home Office, the Foreign Office & the Treasury. As Chief Secretary to the Treasury he was in charge of public expenditure; as a Home Office Minister of State he took the 1990 Broadcasting Act through Parliament & spearheaded the Government’s campaign against dangerous drugs.  He also chaired the Pompidou Group, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on drug control policies; as a Foreign Office Minister he was responsible for East-West relations & the Middle East; as Minister for Health he worked with Kenneth Clarke on the creation & introduction of the Health Service reforms; he piloted the Childrens’ Act 1989, one of the most significant pieces of social legislation of recent times, through Parliament; he founded the Department for National Heritage after the General Election of April 1992 & forged close links with most of the country’s leading arts & sporting bodies.

Since leaving the Government in September 1992, David Mellor has been active in the media.  As well as being regularly interviewed on all the leading current affairs programmes on radio & television, he also presents his own.  On radio he has had series on four of the BBC’s five national radio networks.  On Radio 2 he has presented programmes of light classical music; Radio 3 he presents Vintage Years & on Radio 4 he has hosted three series of the chat show Soapbox.  On Radio 5 Live, David presents their cult soccer show 6.06, one of the networks most popular programmes, every Saturday evening during the soccer season.

At the prestigious 1995 Variety Club Awards, David Mellor was named BBC Radio Personality of the Year.

David was a columnist for The Guardian, writing about the arts every Tuesday.  He reviews books for the Daily Telegraph & contributes articles on politics, sport & the arts to several newspapers & periodicals at home & overseas.  David is a Governor of the National Youth Orchestra, a former Deputy Chairman of the London Philharmonic Trust & a Trustee of the Richmond Theatre.  In 1993 he was a judge for the Sony Radio Awards, the Whitbread Literary Prize & the Sunday Express Award for Fiction.  In 1994 he chaired the panel of judges for the Science Book Awards.

David is active in charitable causes.  He was appointed Chairman of the Sports Aid Foundation in March 1993.  The SAF distributes over £2million annually to support world class British athletes & to promote new talent.  He is a regular after dinner speaker for the Lord’s Taverners, the Variety Club & other good causes.

In May 1997, David lost his Parliamentary seat in Putney with one of the lowest swings away from the Conservative Party in London. He has since been appointed as Chairman of the Football Taskforce which is a Government appointed voluntary group who work to eliminate racism in football; improve disabled facilities for spectators, monitor pricing levels for tickets & merchandise & encourage players to be good role models.

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