Marquess of Salisbury
descendant of Lord Burghley; former Leader of the House of Lords; former Lord Privy Seal

Robert Michael James Gascoyne-Cecil, is the seventh Marquess of Salisbury, KG, KCVO, PC, DL. Lord Salisbury was born in 1946 and educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He spent several years in banking in California and London. He served as a Conservative Party MP for South Dorset from 1979, with particular interest in foreign affairs, constitutional affairs and Northern Ireland. In 1987 he did not stand for re-election.

Summoned to the House of Lords by a Writ of Acceleration in 1992, he was successively Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords and, from 1997 to 1998, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. He took leave of absence from the House of Lords in 2002 and resigned at the end of the last parliament.

Among other roles in the field of politics, Lord Salisbury is a member of the Advisory Board of Open Europe and of Prosperity UK. He is chairman of the Constitution Reform Group. He is chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, president of the St Albans Cathedral Campaign and a deputy lieutenant of the County of Hertfordshire. He is also president of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, chairman of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library and president of the Friends of the British Library.

He is a descendant of Lord Burghley.


Sunday 3 November, 16:00 Auditorium 2
Schemers or Dreamers? The role of political advisers