The Lord Hodgson
of Astley Abbotts
|Member of the House of Lords |
|Assumed office |
28 June 2000
|Member of Parliament|
for Walsall North
4 November 1976 – 7 April 1979
|Preceded by||John Stonehouse|
|Succeeded by||David Winnick|
|Born||25 April 1942 (age 78)|
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
|Spouse(s)||The Baroness Hodgson of Abinger|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
Early life and education
Hodgson was born in 1942 in Leamington Spa, son of Henry Edward Hodgson. He was educated at the independent, fee-paying Shrewsbury School. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1964 and attained an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance in 1969.
Hodgson ran as a Conservative in both the February and October 1974 general elections, in which he unsuccessfully contested the strongly Labour seat of Walsall North. However, in a 1976 by-election caused by incumbent John Stonehouse's imprisonment, Hodgson managed to overturn the large Labour majority to become the seat's Member of Parliament.
Despite this, at the 1979 general election, Hodgson could not hold the seat against the Labour candidate David Winnick, despite achieving an 11% swing for the Conservatives. The seat was then held by Labour until 2017, when it was won back by the Conservatives' Eddie Hughes.
In 1981, he was selected as the candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Stratford-upon-Avon, but resigned his candidature in 1982 for undisclosed personal reasons, and never returned to the Commons. He was awarded a CBE in the 1992 New Year's Honours. Hodgson served as Chairman of the National Union of Conservative Associations from 1996 until 1998, and as Chairman of the National Conservative Convention from 1998 until 2000.
He was created a life peer, as Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, of Nash in the County of Shropshire, on 7 June 2000. In November 2011, Hodgson was appointed by David Cameron's government to perform a wholesale review of the Charities Act 2006 and Charities Act 2011, which was published in 2012. He is an ambassador for the volunteering network, REACH.
Hodgson has more than 40 years’ experience in the private equity, securities and investment banking industries. He co-founded the private equity and investment banking specialist group Granville in 1979, and spearheaded its growth as chief executive and then chairman. Lord Hodgson played a role in developing the new regulatory structure of the City, including 10 years as a director of the Securities and Future Authority. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Nova Capital. Lord Hodgson holds a number of other non-executive directorships, is an active private investor and is Chairman of Nova’s Investment Committee. He has also at various times been director of Staffordshire Building Society and Marstons plc, the pub chain.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Walsall North
|Party political offices|
|| Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
Himself as Chairman of the National Conservative Convention
Himself as Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
| Chairman of the National Conservative Convention
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Lord Jordan
Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
The Lord Morgan