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Dominic Grieve QC MP

Assumed office 
19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Nick Herbert

In office
12 June 2008 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by David Davis
Succeeded by Chris Grayling

In office
6 November 2003 – 7 September 2009
Leader Michael Howard
David Cameron
Preceded by Bill Cash
Succeeded by Edward Garnier

Member of Parliament
for Beaconsfield
Assumed office 
May 1997
Preceded by Tim Smith
Majority 15,253 (35.0%)

Born 24 May 1956 (1956-05-24) (age 53)
Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Caroline Hutton
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford; Polytechnic of Central London
Religion Church of England

Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve (born 24 May 1956)[1] is a British politician and barrister.[2] He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield and Shadow Justice Secretary.[2][3] He is also a Queen's Counsel.


Early life

Grieve was born in Lambeth, the son of Percy Grieve QC (the MP for Solihull 1964–83) and of an Anglo-French mother, Evelyn Raymonde Louise Mijouain[4].

He was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, Colet Court preparatory school in Barnes, Westminster School,[2] and Magdalen College, Oxford,[2] where he received a BA degree in Modern History[2] in 1978. He was the President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1977.

He continued his studies at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster), where he received a Diploma in Law[2] in 1979. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1980[5] and is a specialist in health and safety law. He was made a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2005 and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2008.

Parliamentary career

He was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1982, remaining a councillor until 1986.[2] He contested the Norwood constituency in the London Borough of Lambeth at the 1987 general election[2] but finished in second place some 4,723 votes behind the veteran Labour MP John Fraser (although increasing the Conservative vote).

He was elected to the House of Commons for the Buckinghamshire seat of Beaconsfield at the 1997 general election[2] following the retirement of Tim Smith. Grieve was elected with a majority of 13,987 votes and has remained the MP there since, increasing his majority at each successive election. He made his maiden speech on 21 May 1997.[6]

He was a member of both the Environmental Audit and the Statutory Instruments select committees from 1997 to 1999.[7] William Hague promoted him to the frontbench in 1999 when he became a spokesman on Scottish affairs, moving to speak on home affairs as the spokesman on criminal justice following the election of Iain Duncan Smith as the new leader of the Conservative Party in 2001, and was then promoted to be shadow Attorney General by Michael Howard in 2003.[2] He also had responsibility for community cohesion on behalf of the Conservative Party. He was retained as shadow Attorney General by the new Conservative Leader, David Cameron and was appointed Shadow Home Secretary on 12 June 2008 following the resignation of David Davis.[8]

Grieve was instrumental in the defeat of the Labour Government in early 2006 in relation to the proposal that the Home Secretary should have power to detain suspected terrorists for periods up to 90 days without charge. He broadcasts in French on French radio and television. He is not, however, an enthusiast for the EU.

Grieve has strongly opposed equal gay rights [9] but supported civil partnerships.

In the most recent Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, carried out on 19 January 2009, Grieve was moved to become Shadow Justice Secretary, opposite Jack Straw. According to the BBC, Grieve was said to be "very happy with the move" which would suit his talents better.[3]

Personal life

He was a police station lay visitor[7] for six years from 1990 and worked in Brixton on various bodies set up to reconcile the different communities after the riots.

He is a practising Anglican and was a member of the London Diocesan Synod of the Church of England[7] for six years from 1994. He married fellow barrister, Caroline Hutton[7] in October 1990 in the City of London and they have two sons, James Peter[7] (born Hammersmith, West London, May 1994) and Hugo Christopher[7] (born Hammersmith, September 1995).[10]

He lists his hobbies as "canoeing, boating on the Thames at weekends, mountain climbing, skiing and fell walking, architecture, art and travel".[7]

Grieve's wealth is estimated at £3.1m.[11]


  • Mr Dominic Grieve (1956–1997)
  • Mr Dominic Grieve MP (1997–2008)
  • Mr Dominic Grieve QC MP (2008–)


External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tim Smith
Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Cash
Shadow Attorney General
2003 – 2009
Succeeded by
Edward Garnier
Preceded by
David Davis
Shadow Home Secretary
2008 – 2009
Succeeded by
Chris Grayling
Preceded by
Nick Herbert
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
2009 – present


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