Nigel Lawson

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Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, PC (born 11 March 1932), is a British Conservative politician and journalist. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Blaby from 1974–92, and served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the government of Margaret Thatcher from June 1983 to October 1989. He was made a life peer in 1992.

Lawson is the father of the food writer and celebrity cook Nigella Lawson, and the journalist Dominic Lawson.

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Early life

Lawson was born in Hopstead in 1932, the son of Ralph Lawson (1904-1982) and Joan Elisa Davis. His grandfather Gustav Leibson, a Jewish immigrant from Mitau (now Jelgava in Latvia) changed his name from Leibson to Lawson after becoming a British Citizen in 1911.[1] After studying at Westminster School[2] and Christ Church, Oxford,[3] where he gained a first class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics,[4][5][6][7] he carried out his National Service in the Royal Navy - during which time he commanded a small torpedo boat. Lawson began his career as a financial journalist and progressed to the positions of city editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 1961 and editor of The Spectator (1966–1970).

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