David Mellor was born in 1949, educated at Swanage Grammar School, Christ’s College Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law. Called to the bar in 1972, he became a Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and a Privy Counsellor in 1990.
David was elected Conservative MP for Putney in 1979. He was a minister for 11 years, including all three main Departments of State, the Home Office, the Foreign Office and the Treasury, and two Cabinet posts, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and secretary of State at the Department of National Heritage (Now DCMS).
After leaving politics, he built a career in business, broadcasting and journalism, while contributing his services to music and sport.
He was the Variety Club’s BBC Radio Personality of the Year in 1994. He broadcasts on Classic FM, and on LBC, where his show with Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, was nominated for Best Speech Programme in the UK at the Sony Awards 2011, and is Classical Music Critic of the Mail on Sunday.
He also has extensive business interests and is an advisor to a number of international companies.
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