Lord Salisbury

A new constitutional settlement for the United Kingdom

The Most Hon Marquess of Salisbury KG KCVO PC DL, Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, discusses the work of the Constitution Reform Group and their proposals for the future of the United Kingdom with Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University.

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About Lord Salisbury

Lord Salisbury succeeded his father as the 7th Marquess of Salisbury in 2003. He has been Chancellor of the University since 2005.

He spent several years in banking in California and London before being elected Member of Parliament for South Dorset (Conservative) in 1979. He was a Member of Parliament until 1987, when he did not stand for re-election.

In 1992, he joined the House of Lords as Baron Cecil of Essendon, in the County of Rutland. From 1992 to 1994 he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, from 1994 to 1997 he was Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords, and from 1997 to 1998 he was Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. He took leave of absence from the House of Lords in 2001 and resigned his seat in 2017.

Lord Salisbury is on the Advisory Board of Open Europe and is Chairman of the Constitution Reform Group. He is Co-Chairman of the Lord Burghley 500 Foundation, a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hertfordshire and President of the St Albans Cathedral Campaign. He is involved in various capacities with many other societies and voluntary organisations.

He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 1994 and a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Diamond Jubilee Honours List. In 2019 he was appointed a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter.

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