David Lidington

David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

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2nd January 2015 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

2014 – year in review

Quick EU pop quiz. Which European leader said in December: “As the European elections showed, the people do not think that Europe must do everything. Europe must do the things that can be done better than we do them in the nation states.” You might imagine it would be someone from the Netherlands – we […]

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10th December 2014 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

Human Rights 365

Today is international Human Rights day; a day to celebrate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. We should all take a moment to think about the rights that everyone in the world deserves, no matter where in the world they happen to be born. Many of us don’t see firsthand […]

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16th May 2014 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

What’s life like for Crimea’s Tatars now?

With the eyes of the world focused on events in south-east Ukraine, it would have been easy to miss what has been happening in Crimea in the weeks since its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation. Take the case of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev. He has led an extraordinary life. He was exiled as […]

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4th April 2014 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

BoC Review: Making the EU Work for You

Yesterday I attended a launch event for the fourth set of calls for evidence on the balance of competences between the UK and the EU. The consultations, which will be open until the week commencing 30 June, cover a range of issues including Education, Enlargement, Information Rights and Economic and Monetary Policy. Together the first […]

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26th March 2014 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

Europe – a chill wind blowing

From my window in the Foreign Office, you can just about see St James’ Park, and it’s easy on a sunny, spring day to be infused with a sense of optimism and general wellbeing. But elsewhere in Europe, there is a chill in the air. I have just returned from Lithuania and Latvia, where memories […]

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25th February 2014 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

Economic reform in the Western Balkans

The Prime Ministers of all seven Western Balkan nations were in London yesterday seeking closer economic ties with countries across the EU.  Speaking at a forum at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) for investment in the Western Balkans, Ken Clarke encouraged the PMs to put in place the necessary reforms to encourage […]

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6th February 2014 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

Not Poles apart: Britain and Poland’s close relationship

Guest blog by Robin Barnett, Ambassador to Warsaw 31 January was an important day in relations between Britain and Poland, key partners in the EU and NATO. Prime Ministers Cameron and Tusk met at RAF Brize Norton to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.   My journey back from Warsaw began badly, with weather at […]

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24th December 2013 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

Making Progress

A little over a year ago, the Economist wrote a piece analysing Britain’s place in Europe. There wasn’t a lot of good news. Efforts to reform the way Brussels works were simply “making things worse” as “other countries are tiring of British demands”. The best we could hope for, it was argued, was to “rediscover […]

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10th December 2013 London, UK

David Lidington

by David Lidington

Minister for Europe, London

Human Rights Day 2013

As we mark Human Rights Day and celebrate the UK’s re-election to the UN Human Rights Council, it is worth reflecting upon how regional organisations can reinforce and complement the UN’s role in promoting and protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Last week I attended the annual Ministerial Council of the Organisation […]

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About David Lidington

David Lidington MP was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 14 May 2010.
David Lidington was elected to Parliament in 1992 and is the Member of Parliament for Aylesbury.
He worked for BP and RTZ before spending three years as Special Advisor to Douglas Hurd in the Home Office and Foreign Office.
His proudest political achievement was successfully promoting a
Private Members Bill which became the Chiropractors Act in 1994. He
believes that this piece of legislation has made a real difference to
many people’s lives.
He has a long standing passion for history, and has twice captained a
champion team on University Challenge, first in 1979 and then in 2002
when the Sidney Sussex team became “champion of champions” in University
Challenge Reunited.
He is married to Helen Lidington and has four sons.

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