David Pollock, 3rd Viscount Hanworth

David Stephen Geoffrey Pollock, 3rd Viscount Hanworth (born 16 February 1946) is a British professor and a Labour elected hereditary peer.

The Viscount Hanworth
Official Parliamentary Portrait
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
MonarchElizabeth II
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
David Stephen Geoffrey Pollock

(1946-02-16) 16 February 1946 (age 75)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Vambe
Alma mater

Hanworth was educated at Wellington College and has taken a DPhil degree at the University of Sussex. He is currently Professor of Econometrics and Computational Statistics at the University of Leicester, where he lectures in Mathematical Statistics, Econometrics and Environmental Sciences.[1]

A great-grandson of Ernest Pollock, 1st Viscount Hanworth a former Master of the Rolls, Hanworth succeeded to the viscountcy (and baronetcy) upon his father's death in 1996 and took his seat in the House of Lords until the House of Lords Act in 1999 removed his automatic right to sit in Parliament. He chose not to stand in the election by Labour hereditary peers to select two of their number to remain in Parliament after this Act came into force.[2] Hanworth stood but was unsuccessful in the by-election caused by the death of Lord Milner in 2003. Willing to work in the Lords still, in 2011 he won the cross-house hereditary by-election to become one of fifteen 'deputy speakers', following the death of Lord Strabolgi, who was also Labour. He was therefore appointed/elected on the all hereditary-peer eligibility basis following a death of one of the 90 places which remain based on heredity.[3][4]

He and his wife, Elizabeth daughter of Lawrence Vambe MBE, live in London. The title is expected to pass to a nephew as they have two daughters:

  • Hon. Cecile Pollock (born 1971)
  • Hon. Charlotte Pollock (born 1973)
Coat of arms of David Pollock, 3rd Viscount Hanworth
A Boar passant quarterly Or and Vert pierced through the sinister shoulder with an Arrow proper
Azure three Fleurs-de-lis within a Bordure engrailed Or on a Chief Ermine two Portcullises of the second
On either side a Bear Or muzzled collared and chained Sable
Audacter Et Strenue (Boldly and strenuously) [5]