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Brian Stanley Mawhinney, Baron Mawhinney of Peterborough PC (born 26 July 1940) is a British Conservative politician. He was a member of the Cabinet from 1994 until 1997 and a Member of Parliament from 1979 until 2005.

Early life

Mawhinney was born in 1940 in Belfastmarker and was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He studied physics at Queen's University of Belfastmarker, gaining an upper second class degree in 1963 and obtained a Ph.D. in radiation physics at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He worked as assistant professor of radiation research at the University of Iowamarker from 1968–70 and then returned to the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine as a lecturer from 1970–84.

Political career

Mawhinney was Member of Parliament for Peterboroughmarker from 1979 to 1997 and Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshiremarker from 1997 to 2005. He was PPS to John Wakeham from 1982 to 1983 and PPS to Tom King from 1984 to 1986. He became a junior minister at the Northern Ireland Office in 1986, and then became Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office in 1990. In 1992, he became Minister of State at the Department of Health until 1994 when he entered the cabinet as Secretary of State for Transport. He served as Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio for two years from 1995 until the 1997 election. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the dissolution honours list in 1997. He served as Shadow Home Secretary and spokesman for home, constitutional and legal affairs for a year under William Hague before returning to the back benches in June 1998. He stepped down from the House of Commons in May 2005. On 13 May 2005 it was announced that he would be created a life peer, and on 24 June he was created Baron Mawhinney, of Peterborough, in the County of Cambridgeshire.

Outside politics

In 2003, he was appointed Chairman of The Football League, and in 2004 oversaw a re-organisation of the league structure, renaming the former Division One as the Football League Championship. Highly religious, Mawhinney is a leading member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and was a member of the General Synod for five years.

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