Neil Balfour

Born Aug 12, 1944

Neil Roxburgh Balfour is a British merchant banker and financier who had a second career as a politician.

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1944 Birth Born in 1944.


1969 25 Years Old In 1969, Balfour married HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, the only daughter of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia. She bore him one son, Their marriage fell apart and they were divorced in 1978. However, Balfour wrote a sympathetic official biography of his father-in-law in 1980, called Paul of Yugoslavia: Britain's Maligned Friend. Balfour remarried in 1978 to Serena Mary Churchill Russell, niece of the Duke of Marlborough. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old 1 More Event
After fighting Chester-le-Street again in the February 1974 general election, Balfour moved jobs to join the European Banking Co. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old In the European Parliament, Balfour concentrated on trade policy. He attacked member state governments for lacking any will to remove state aids to industry and to institute free trade. As budget spokesman for the Conservative MEPs, he attacked the European Community's budgeting process but, in October 1981, joined with other Conservative MEPs in signing a letter calling on the UK to join the European Monetary System.
1982 38 Years Old In December 1982, he made an impressive speech attacking the MEPs voting to withdraw a budget rebate for the United Kingdom that had been accepted by the European Council. … Read More
1983 39 Years Old He had been appointed Chairman of the York Trust Ltd in 1983, which later became York Mount Group. … Read More


1986 42 Years Old John Spence, the Conservative MP for Ryedale (part of his former European Parliament constituency), died in 1986, and Balfour was selected to defend the seat in a by-election. … Read More


1999 55 Years Old In 1999 he became involved with the emerging Polish market as a Director of Mostostal Warszawa SA, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2002.
2000 56 Years Old In 2000 he wrote a letter to The Spectator in which he declared "as a committed Europhile" that the best solution would be to allow Britain to opt in to EU laws it liked, and supported the call from Conrad Black for Britain to negotiate membership of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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