Mayhew Of Twysden, Q.C
Lord Mayhew has had a highly Parliamentary distinguished
career. He was appointed by Prime Minister John Major to become
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 1992 which he held until
Before that Lord Mayhew had been appointed by the then
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to be Attorney General, an office he
held from 1987 to 1992.
His earlier ministerial appointments included being
Solicitor General from 1983 to 1987, Minister of State at the Home
Office 1981-1983 and Under Secretary of State at the Department of
Employment 1979 to 1981.
Lord Mayhew who was educated at Tonbridge, then
Balliol College, Oxford did his National Service with the 4th/7th
Dragoon Guards before being called to the Bar in the Middle Temple in
1955. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1972.
He first stood for Parliament as a Conservative candidate
in Camberwell-Dulwich in 1970 before being elected to the House of
Commons for Tunbridge Wells in 1974 where he remained until his
retirement in 1997.
Lord Mayhew was knighted in 1983 and elevated to
the House of Lords in 1997.