David Davis
Politician, Chairman of the Conservative Party
David Davis
David Michael Davis is a British Conservative Party politician who is the current elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the parliamentary constituency of Haltemprice and Howden. Davis was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1997 New Year Honours List, having previously been Minister of State at the Foreign Office from July 1994 to April 1997. Davis was raised on Aboyne Estate, a council estate in Tooting, South West London.
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Brexit White Paper Outlined in U.K. Parliament
Wall Street Journal - 21 days
David Davis, U.K Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, spoke as the government published a 75-page white paper laying out some details of its goals and strategy in negotiating an exit from the European Union.
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UK to introduce Article 50 legislation 'within days' - Brexit minister
Yahoo News - about 1 month
The government will introduce "straightforward" legislation within days seeking parliament's approval to trigger Britain's divorce with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday. Earlier the UK Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to begin two years of exit talks. "We will within days introduce legislation to give the government the legal power to trigger Article 50," Davis told parliament.
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Brexit talks have 'intense' 15-month window: EU negotiator
Yahoo News - 3 months
The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator warned his British counterpart on Tuesday there is an "intense" window of just 15 months to complete talks for the country's exit from the EU. Guy Verhofstadt said he had also told Brexit minister David Davis that European lawmakers would not accept Britain trying to keep access to the single market while limiting freedom of movement for EU citizens. "We agreed on some things, on the need for this process to start as early as possible and need to be finished in any case before the next European elections" in May 2019, Verhofstadt said after the talks in Strasbourg, France.
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Britain's Davis in first talks with EU's 'Monsieur Brexit'
Yahoo News - 3 months
Brexit minister David Davis held his first talks on Monday with the European Commission's top negotiator Michel Barnier on how to tackle Britain's divorce from the EU. The pair both insisted that the "courtesy coffee" in Brussels lasting about half an hour did not mark a formal start to negotiations, saying that would have to wait until Britain formally triggers the exit process. "I want to begin the work of ensuring we have a positive, strong and productive relationship with our closest neighbours," Davis said in a statement about the talks with Barnier in Brussels.
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UK Government Has No Overall Plan For Brexit, Leaked Memo Says
Huffington Post - 3 months
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UK govt to appeal Brexit ruling within days
Yahoo News - 4 months
The British government said Monday it would appeal this week against a High Court ruling that the prime minister cannot start the process of leaving the EU without parliament's approval. "It's likely that any hearing will be scheduled in the Supreme Court in early December," Brexit minister David Davis told parliament just days after Thursday's shock ruling. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday the government's planned timetable to launch Brexit talks with Brussels remained "unchanged", while admitting she was disappointed with the court's ruling.
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UK Brexit Secretary David Davis to visit Scotland - BBC News
Google News - 4 months
BBC News UK Brexit Secretary David Davis to visit Scotland BBC News The UK government's Brexit secretary is to make his first visit to Scotland since the vote to leave the EU. David Davis is due to meet his Scottish government counterpart Michael Russell. He will also attend a roundtable discussion with business ... David Davis: revealing Brexit plans is against national interestThe Guardian Brexit negotiators are 'in cloud cuckoo land', says man who negotiated Britain's EU rebateThe Independent Brexit - What Next? The Utility Of A Historical Assessment?Huffington Post UK City A.M. -Birmingham Mail -Newsweek -RT all 14 news articles »
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U.K. Brexit Minister Says Strategy Still in Planning Stages
The Wall Street Journal - 5 months
The U.K.’s new Brexit minister, David Davis, told lawmakers Tuesday that his recently formed department was still determining its negotiating aims and strategy for exiting the European Union, in an appearance before British lawmakers Tuesday.
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U.K. Brexit Minister Says Strategy Still in Planing Stages
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
The U.K.’s new Brexit minister, David Davis, told lawmakers Tuesday that his recently formed department was still determining its negotiating aims and strategy for exiting the European Union, in an appearance before British lawmakers Tuesday.
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David Davis: Brexit could mean the most complicated negotiation ever - Herald Scotland
Google News - 5 months
Herald Scotland David Davis: Brexit could mean the most complicated negotiation ever Herald Scotland Brexit could involve the "most complicated negotiation of all time" and Parliament will not be informed of all aspects of the initial talks, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary said that until the triggering of Article 50 - the two-year process ... Brexit talks may be most complicated negotiation ever, says ministerThe Guardian Brexit negotiation details will be kept secret - even from Parliament, says David DavisMirror.co.uk Brexit minister rules out full scrutiny of negotiationsFinancial Times The Independent -Daily Mail -Bloomberg -Malvern Gazette all 18 news articles »
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The Three Brexiteers embrace the idea of free trade. But does Theresa May? - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - 6 months
Telegraph.co.uk The Three Brexiteers embrace the idea of free trade. But does Theresa May? Telegraph.co.uk The curse of great expectations is not one that has been inflicted upon Theresa May's three Brexiteers. Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis have been treated as a joke since they were appointed – derided as the type of characters who ought to be ... 'Allow Britain to curb immigration AND remain in Europe's single market'Daily Mail Brexit: Donald Tusk tells Theresa May 'ball's in UK's court'BBC News Philip Hammond signals 'highly skilled' workers will be exempt from curbs to free movement of peopleThe Independent Financial Times -The Guardian -ChronicleLive -Spectator.co.uk all 1,664 news articles »
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U.K.'s David Davis Hails Brexit as Exciting Opportunity for Britain
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Britain’s exit from the European Union presents both a considerable challenge and an exciting opportunity, said the U.K. minister overseeing the process of leaving, adding that the government will take the time needed to get it right.
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Brexit minister: Britain will regain sovereignty without delay
Reuters.com - 6 months
Brexit minister David Davis presents plans to parliament while politicians debate a petition calling for a second referendum elsewhere in Westminster. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Davis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 67
    Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, Davis was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 13 July 2016.
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    In July 2016, following the UK voting to leave the European Union, Davis was appointed by Theresa May as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
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  • 2014
    Age 65
    Following George Osborne's budget in 2014, Davis wrote for The Conservative Woman, calling on him to make the personal allowance fully transferable for single-earner families.
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  • 2012
    Age 63
    He offered critical commentary on the coalition in a BBC interview in March 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    In May 2010, after the 2010 general election which resulted in a hung parliament, it was revealed that David Cameron wanted to invite Davis and other right-wingers such as Michael Howard and Iain Duncan Smith into his Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition cabinet.
    More Details Hide Details However, Davis refused and remained a critic of the government on its stance on tuition fees.
  • 2009
    Age 60
    During a House of Commons debate on 7 July 2009, Davis accused the UK government of outsourcing torture, by allowing Rangzieb Ahmed to leave the country (even though the government had evidence against Ahmed, upon which Ahmed was later convicted for terrorism) to Pakistan, where it is said the Inter-Services Intelligence was given the go ahead by the British intelligence agencies to torture Ahmed.
    More Details Hide Details Davis further accused the government of trying to gag Ahmed, stopping him coming forward with his accusations, after he had been imprisoned back in the UK. He said, there was "an alleged request to drop his allegations of torture: if he did that, they could get his sentence cut and possibly give him some money. If this request to drop the torture case is true, it is frankly monstrous. It would at the very least be a criminal misuse of the powers and funds under the Government's Contest strategy, and at worst a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice." Davis was amongst the signatories of a letter to The Guardian condemning the Coalition's efforts to hide the UK's involvement in rendition and torture behind secret trials.
    On 15 June 2009, Davis gave the 2009 Magna Carta Lecture at Royal Holloway, University of London, in association with the Magna Carta Trust.
    More Details Hide Details Davis has also supported civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch and in January 2010 he spoke with Tony Benn at the official launch. In 2012 he helped lead the opposition to Coalition plans to allow police and security services to extend their monitoring of the public's email and social media communications. He expressed concern with the findings of a VICE News investigation into the deployment of IMSI-catchers in London. In 2014, along with Labour MP Tom Watson he challenged the government's introduction of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 in the courts. Although Davis is a staunch Eurosceptic and has criticised the record of the European Court of Human Rights, he has also argued against withdrawal from the court's jurisdiction, on the basis it might encourage countries with far worse civil liberties to do likewise.
    As a backbench MP, Davis continued campaigning for civil liberties. He participated in the Convention on Modern Liberty, where he gave the keynote speech on the convention's final day. He also spoke at the 2009 Guardian Hay Festival, where he criticised Labour's "illusory pursuit of an unobtainable security", and was well received by an overwhelmingly non-Conservative audience.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    On 18 June 2008, he resigned from the House of Commons.
    More Details Hide Details He stood as the Conservative Party candidate for his current seat in the subsequent by-election. The announcement came a day after the narrow passing of a parliamentary vote on the Counter-Terrorism Bill, which would extend the limit on the period of detention of terror suspects without charge in England and Wales, from 28 to 42 days. He won re-election with 72% of the vote, breaking several voting records in the UK; however, neither Labour nor the Lib Dems put up a candidate. As is common at by-elections, voter turnout declined significantly from the previous general election to 34%. At the time of his resignation the Labour MP Andy Burnham made a speech which was widely interpreted as falsely implying an inappropriate relationship between Davis and the Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti. Burnham was forced to issue a public apology under threat of legal action.
    On 12 June 2008, Davis resigned from the Shadow Cabinet and announced his resignation as an MP, in order to force a by-election, and cause a wider debate on the single issue of what he believed to be the erosion of civil liberties.
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    Following his formal resignation as an MP in June 2008, he officially became the Conservative candidate in the resulting by-election and won it in July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Davis was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron to join the cabinet of his coalition government, but he declined and stayed on the backbenches.
    On 12 June 2008, Davis unexpectedly announced his intention to resign as an MP, and was immediately replaced as Shadow Home Secretary.
    More Details Hide Details This was in order to force a by-election in his seat, for which he intended to seek re-election by mounting a specific campaign designed to provoke wider public debate about the erosion of civil liberties in the United Kingdom.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    In the second ballot, held two days later on 20 October 2005, Cameron polled 90 votes, Davis 57 votes and Liam Fox was eliminated with 51 votes so Davis went through to the next stage with David Cameron.
    More Details Hide Details In spite of a strong performance in a BBC Question Time head-to-head debate in the final stage of the leadership contest, Davis could not match his rival's general popularity. Conservative party members voted to elect Cameron the new Conservative leader, Davis losing by a margin of 64,398 votes to 134,446 votes. Cameron chose to re-appoint his rival as Shadow Home Secretary following his victory.
    In the first ballot of Conservative MPs on 18 October 2005, Davis came top with 62 votes.
    More Details Hide Details As this was less than the number of his declared supporters, it became clear that the Davis bid was losing momentum. The elimination of former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke left the bookmakers' favourite, David Cameron, without a rival on the centre of the party.
    At the time of the 2005 Conservative leadership contest, David Davis was Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department.
    More Details Hide Details His Campaign Manager in the leadership contest was Conservative MP and Davis's deputy as Shadow Home Secretary, Andrew Mitchell (who in 2010 became Secretary of State for International Development in Prime Minister David Cameron's Cabinet). Davis was initially the front runner in the contest, but after a poorly received speech at that year's Conservative Party Conference his campaign was seen to lose momentum. However, referring to a Conference speech by the party's former leader, Campaign Manager Andrew Mitchell said: "William Hague made a great speech which many people will judge to be better than all the other leadership candidates put together. What that tells you is that being absolutely brilliant at being able to make a speech at conference is not the be-all-and-end-all of leadership. There are other things as well."
  • 2003
    Age 54
    Davis used his first interview as Shadow Home Secretary in 2003 to reveal his personal support for capital punishment for serial murderers.
    More Details Hide Details As shadow home secretary Davis has turned the Conservatives away from the Labour Party's plan to reintroduce identity cards citing spiralling costs and libertarian issues. He turned initial Conservative support into one of concern and abstention, making the final change to one of opposition much easier. Davis believed that once the true cost and unreliability of the ID card scheme is explained to the general public, they would turn against it. He was also credited by some commentators with "claiming the scalps" of two Labour ministers, David Blunkett and Beverley Hughes after both were forced to resign
  • 1999
    Age 50
    He rejected a shadow ministerial position under William Hague, opting instead to chair the Public Accounts Committee. In 1999 Davis presented the Parliamentary Control of the Executive Bill to the House of Commons, in which he proposed to transfer ministerial exercise of the Royal Prerogative to the Commons in the following areas: the signing of treaties, the diplomatic recognition of foreign governments; European Union legislation; the appointment of ministers, peers and ambassadors; the establishment of Royal Commissions; the proclamation of Orders in Council unless subject to resolutions of the Commons; the exercise of the powers of the executive not made by statute; the declarations of states of emergency; the dissolution of Parliament.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 43
    He was a government whip when parliament voted on the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, angering many of the Maastricht rebels on his own right-wing of the party.
    More Details Hide Details Davis's progression through the Conservative ranks eventually led to him becoming a Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1994–97).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 38
    Davis was first elected to Parliament in the 1987 general election as the MP for Boothferry which, in 1997, became the constituency of Haltemprice and Howden.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 24
    Whilst a student Davis was active in the Federation of Conservative Students becoming national chairman in 1973.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born to a single mother, Betty Brown, in York on 23 December 1948, Davis was initially brought up by his grandparents there.
    More Details Hide Details His grandfather Walter Harrison was the son of a wealthy trawlerman and was disinherited after joining the Communist Party; he led a hunger march to London shortly after the more famous Jarrow March, which did not allow Communists to participate. His father, whom he met once after his mother's death, is Welsh. When his mother married a Polish-Jewish printworker, Ronald Davis, he moved to London. They lived initially in a flat in a "slum" in Wandsworth before moving to a council estate in Tooting, London. On leaving Bec Grammar School in Tooting, his A Level results were not good enough to secure a university place. Davis worked as an insurance clerk and became a member of the Territorial Army's 21 SAS Regiment in order to earn the money to retake his examinations. On doing so he won a place at the University of Warwick (BSc Joint Hons Molecular Science/Computer Science 1968–71). Whilst at Warwick, he was one of the founding members of the student radio station, University Radio Warwick. He went straight on from there to London Business School, where he got a master's degree in Business (1971–73), and, later, Harvard University (Advanced Management Program 1984–85).
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