George Young, Baron Young of Cookham

George Samuel Knatchbull Young, Baron Young of Cookham, CH, PC (born 16 July 1941), known as Sir George Young, 6th Baronet, from 1960 to 2015, is a British Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1974 to 2015, having represented North West Hampshire from 1997 and Ealing Acton prior to that. He has served in Cabinet on three occasions: as Secretary of State for Transport from 1995 to 1997; as the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal from 2010 to 2012;[1] and as Chief Whip of the House of Commons from 2012 to 2014.


The Lord Young of Cookham

Young in 2020
Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
In office
25 July 2016  29 August 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byThe Earl of Courtown
Succeeded byThe Baroness Sater
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
19 October 2012  14 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byAndrew Mitchell
Succeeded byMichael Gove
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
In office
12 May 2010  4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byHarriet Harman
Succeeded byAndrew Lansley
Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee
In office
18 July 2001  8 September 2009
Preceded byRobert Sheldon
Succeeded byDavid Curry
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
5 July 1995  2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byBrian Mawhinney
Succeeded byJohn Prescott
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 July 1994  5 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byStephen Dorrell
Succeeded byMichael Jack
Minister of State for Housing
In office
28 November 1990  11 July 1994
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byMichael Spicer
Succeeded byThe Viscount Ullswater
Comptroller of the Household
In office
14 July 1990  28 November 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byAlastair Goodlad
Succeeded byDavid Lightbown
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
15 September 1981  10 September 1986
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byGeoffrey Finsberg
Succeeded byChristopher Chope
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security
In office
7 May 1979  15 September 1981
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byEric Deakins
Succeeded byGeoffrey Finsberg
Shadow Cabinet Offices
1997-2000, 2009-2010
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
8 September 2009  11 May 2010
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byAlan Duncan
Succeeded byRosie Winterton
In office
1 June 1998  26 September 2000
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byGillian Shephard
Succeeded byAngela Browning
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
11 June 1997  1 June 1998
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byDavid Clark
Succeeded byJohn Maples
Parliamentary Offices
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
12 October 2015
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for North West Hampshire
In office
1 May 1997  30 March 2015
Preceded bySir David Mitchell
Succeeded byKit Malthouse
Member of Parliament
for Ealing Acton
Acton (1974–1983)
In office
28 February 1974  1 May 1997
Preceded byNigel Spearing
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1941-07-16) 16 July 1941 (age 80)
Oxford, England, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Aurelia Nemon-Stuart
(m. 1964)
Children4
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
University of Surrey

He stood down from the Commons at the 2015 election and was created a life peer,[2] as Baron Young of Cookham, of Cookham in the Royal County of Berkshire, on 29 September 2015.[3] He sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords, where he served as a junior whip from July 2016 to August 2019.[4] Young resigned from this position on 29 August in protest at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament. He served as a minister under five conservative Prime ministers (Margaret Thatcher, John Major, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson).