Nigel Lawson


Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, is a British Conservative politician and journalist. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Blaby from 1974–92, and served in the Thatcher Cabinet from 1981 to 1989. Prior to entering the Cabinet, he served as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury from May 1979 until his promotion to Secretary of State for Energy in recognition of his expertise in that field.… Read More

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1932 Birth Lawson was born in 1932 to a wealthy Jewish family living in Hampstead, London. … Read More


1956 24 Years Old Lawson began his career as a journalist at the Financial Times in 1956, writing the Lexicon column.
1961 29 Years Old He progressed to the positions of City editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 1961 - where he introduced his friend Jim Slater's Capitalist investing column - and then editor of The Spectator (1966–1970).


1970 38 Years Old Lawson stood unsuccessfully at the 1970 General Election for the Eton and Slough seat before becoming Member of Parliament for Blaby in Leicestershire in February 1974, which seat he held until retiring at the 1992 General Election. … Read More


1979 47 Years Old On the election of Margaret Thatcher's government, Lawson was appointed to the post of Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Although this is the fourth-ranking political position in the UK Treasury, Lawson's energy in office was reflected in such measures as the ending of unofficial state controls on mortgage lending, the abolition of exchange controls in October 1979 and the publication of the Medium Term financial Strategy. … Read More
1981 49 Years Old In the Cabinet reshuffle of September 1981, Lawson was promoted to the position of Secretary of State for Energy. … Read More


…  He was appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer in June 1983, and served until his resignation in October 1989. … Read More
1986 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Lawson, in his own defence, attributes the boom largely to the effects of various measures of financial deregulation. Insofar as Lawson acknowledges policy errors, he attributes them to a failure to raise interest rates during 1986 and considers that had Margaret Thatcher not vetoed the UK joining the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in November 1985 it might have been possible to adjust to these beneficial changes in the arena of microeconomics with less macroeconomic turbulence. … Read More
1988 56 Years Old The issue of exchange-rate mechanism membership continued to fester between Lawson and Thatcher and was exacerbated by the re-employment by Thatcher of Sir Alan Walters as personal economic adviser. Lawson's conduct of policy had become a struggle to maintain credibility once the August 1988 trade deficit revealed the strength of the expansion of domestic demand. … Read More


1992 - 2005 4 More Events
2006 74 Years Old Lawson's lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank, published 1 November 2006 criticises the Stern Review and proposed what is described as a rational approach, advocating adaptation to changes in global climate, rather than attempting mitigation, i.e., reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
2007 75 Years Old 1 More Event
Lawson also contributed to the 2007 documentary film The Great Global Warming Swindle.
2008 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, Lawson published a book expanding on his 2006 lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies, An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming. … Read More
2009 77 Years Old On 23 November 2009 Lawson became chairman of a new think tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a registered education charity.
In an interview in 2010 Nigel Lawson said that an unintended consequence of the Big Bang was the financial crisis of 2007-2008. … Read More
2011 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Bob Ward claimed the GWPF was "spreading errors" and "the 'facts'" Lawson "repeats are demonstrably inaccurate" Ward referred to Lawson's "many times" repeated statement that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change worst-case scenario predicted the rise in Third World living standards in 100 years would be limited to just nine times current levels.
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