Nigel Lawson Biography

Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby (born 11 March 1932), is a British Conservative politician and journalist. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Blaby from 1974–92, and served in the Thatcher Cabinet from 1981 to 1989. Prior to entering the Cabinet, he served as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury from May 1979 until his promotion to Secretary of State for Energy. He was appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer in June 1983. In both Cabinet posts he was a key proponent of Thatcher's policy of privatisation of several key industries and deregulation.

Lawson's resigned in protest in October 1989. Created a life peer in 1992, he now sits in the House of Lords. He is the father of food writer and celebrity cook Nigella Lawson and of journalist Dominic Lawson.