Douglas Hurd

Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC (born 8 March 1930) is a British Conservative politician who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1979 to 1995.[1][2]


The Lord Hurd of Westwell

Hurd in 2013
Foreign Secretary
In office
26 October 1989  5 July 1995
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byMalcolm Rifkind
Secretary of State for the Home Department
In office
2 September 1985  26 October 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byLeon Brittan
Succeeded byDavid Waddington
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
27 September 1984  2 September 1985
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byJames Prior
Succeeded byTom King
Minister of State for Europe
In office
4 May 1979  9 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byMalcolm Rifkind
Member of Parliament
for Witney
In office
9 June 1983  1 May 1997
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byShaun Woodward
Member of Parliament
for Mid Oxfordshire
In office
28 February 1974  9 June 1983
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
13 June 1997  9 June 2016
Life peerage
Personal details
Born
Douglas Richard Hurd

(1930-03-08) 8 March 1930 (age 91)
Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Tatiana Eyre
(m. 1960; div. 1982)

Judy Smart
(m. 1982; died 2008)
Children5, including Nick
ParentsAnthony Hurd
Stephanie Frances Corner
RelativesSir Percy Hurd (grandfather)
Alma materEton College
Trinity College, Cambridge

A career diplomat and private secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath, Hurd first entered Parliament in February 1974 as MP for the Mid Oxfordshire constituency (Witney from 1983). His first government post was as Minister for Europe from 1979 to 1983 (being that office's inaugural holder) and he served in several Cabinet roles from 1984 onwards, including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1984–85), Home Secretary (1985–89) and Foreign Secretary (1989–95). He stood unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party leadership in 1990, and retired from frontline politics during a Cabinet reshuffle in 1995.[3]

In 1997, Hurd was elevated to the House of Lords and is one of the Conservative Party's most senior elder statesmen. He is a patron of the Tory Reform Group. He retired from the Lords in 2016.