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Edward Jonathan "Ed" Davey (born 25 December 1965) a Britishmarker Member of Parliament. He is the Liberal Democrat representative for Kingston and Surbitonmarker and was Chief of Staff to the party leader Sir Menzies Campbell.

Early life

The son of a solicitor father and teacher mother, Edward Davey was born in Annesley Woodhousemarker, Nottinghamshiremarker. His father died when Davey was just four years old, and his mother eleven years later, following which he was brought up by his mother's parents. After attending senior school at the independent Nottingham High Schoolmarker (as have other MPs - Kenneth Clarke, Geoff Hoon and Ed Balls to name but three) in the year above Ed Balls, where he was head boy in 1984, he furthered his education at Jesus College, Oxfordmarker where he was awarded a first class BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1988. Whilst at Oxford, he was also elected to the JCR presidency of Jesus College.

As a teenager he worked at Pork Farms pork pie factory and at Boots. In 1989, he became an economics researcher for the Liberal Democrats (principally to Alan Beith, the party's Treasury spokesman), whilst studying at Birkbeck College, Londonmarker for a master's degree (MSc) in Economics. During that time he proposed making the Bank of England independent, a policy enacted by the Labour Party following their election in May 1997. In 1993, he took up the position of management consultant with Omega Partners until his election to Westminstermarker.

Member of Parliament

Edward Davey was elected to the House of Commonsmarker at his first attempt at the 1997 General Election where he defeated the sitting Conservative MP for the former constituency of Surbitonmarker Richard Tracey with a majority of just 56 votes and has remained the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on 6 June 1997, in which he gave his support for the setting up of the London Assembly, but against the idea of a directly elected Mayor of London, he also talked about the effects governmental cuts was having on the education delivery in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thamesmarker.

Lib Dems Shadow Cabinet

In parliament he was given a job immediately by Paddy Ashdown and became the party's spokesman on Treasury Affairsmarker, adding the post of Whip in 1998, and a third job to hold as the spokesman on Londonmarker from 2000. He entered the Charles Kennedy Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet following the 2001 General Election (at which he increased his majority to 15,676 over a former Conservative MP David Shaw), and became the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury until 2002 when he became the Liberal Democrat Shadow at the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministermarker. He was appointed Liberal Democrat Shadow Education and Skills Secretary in 2005 before becoming Liberal Democrats Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary in March 2006. In December 2006, he succeeded Norman Lamb as Chief of Staff to Sir Menzies Campbell, the party leader. Davey is Chair of the party's Campaigns and Communications Committee. Following Nick Clegg's election as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Davey was awarded the Foreign brief, and continues to retain his chairmanship of the party's Campaigns and Communications Committee.

On 26 February 2008, Davey was suspended from parliament for the day for ignoring a warning from the deputy speaker. He was protesting about the exclusion by the speaker of a Liberal Democrat motion to debate and vote on whether the UK should have a referendum on staying in the EU.

At the 2009 Liberal Democrat conference, Davey caused controversy through declaring that it was 'time for tea with the Taleban.'

Personal life

Edward Davey was responsible for introducing the Liberal Democrat policy of penny on income tax to pay for education in 1997. He was one of the contributors to the Orange Book (2004).

In 1995, before his election as an MP, he won a Royal Humane Society bravery award and commendation from the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police for rescuing a woman who had fallen onto the train line in the face of on oncoming train at Clapham Junctionmarker station.Edward married Emily Gasson (Lib Dem candidate in North Dorsetmarker) in summer 2005 and their first child, a son John Alban Davey, was born in December 2007. They live in Surbitonmarker and Shaftesburymarker.


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See also


  • Making MPs Work For Our Money: Reforming Parliament's Role In Budget Scrutiny by Edward Davey, 2000, Centre for Reform, ISBN 1-902622-21-9
  • "Liberalism and localism", Chapter 2 in The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism by David Laws and Paul Marshall (contributions et al.), 2004, Profile Books, ISBN 1-86197-797-2

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