Earl of Oxford and Asquith joins Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

October 22, 2014 4:51 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

The Earl of Oxford said that his focus will be foreign and defence policy, foreign trade and commercial affairs as well as farming and environmental issues.

Lord Oxford is descended from Herbert Henry Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. He was educated at Farleigh School, Ampleforth College and at Balliol College Oxford.

Lord Oxford joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1980 and remained a serving diplomat until 1997.

As well as postings in London at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Cabinet Office, he served as First Secretary at the embassy in Moscow from 1983-5, and Counsellor at the embassy in Kiev from 1992-7.

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992.