The Lord Chidgey
|Member of the House of Lords|
17 June 2005
|Member of Parliament|
10 June 1994 - 11 April 2005
|Born||9 July 1942|
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Spouse(s)||April Carolyn Idris-Jones|
|Alma mater||University of Portsmouth|
|Committees||UK Parliamentary Representative, AWEPA (European Parliamentarians for Africa) 2007-|
David William George Chidgey, Baron Chidgey (born 9 July 1942 in Basingstoke) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. A former Member of Parliament (MP) for Eastleigh, he now sits in the House of Lords.
He went to Brune Park County High School (now called Brune Park Community College) in Gosport. A chartered engineer, Chidgey was educated as a mechanical engineer at the Admiralty College, Portsmouth (Portsmouth Naval College) and then as a civil engineer at the Portsmouth Polytechnic. He worked for Hampshire County Council until 1973, and then as a consulting engineer with Brian Colquhoun and Partners until 1994.
Chidgey was a Councillor from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s on New Alresford Town Council and Winchester City Council. He contested the Hampshire Central European Parliament constituency at by-election in 1988 and at the 1989 European Parliament election. He was Regional Chairman of the Hampshire and Wight Liberal Democrats from 1992 to 1994.
At the 1992 general election, he contested the Eastleigh constituency in Hampshire, finishing second behind the Conservative candidate, Stephen Milligan. After Milligan's death in 1994, Chidgey won the resulting by-election, squeezing the Conservatives into third place. He was re-elected in the 1997 and 2001 general elections and stood down at the 2005 general election.
In the House of Commons, he was a member of the Chairman's panel (2001-2005), an Employment & Training spokesman, Transport spokesman, Trade & Industry spokesman and a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (1999-2005) and of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (2003-2005).
On 13 May 2005 it was announced that Chidgey would be created a life peer, and on 17 June 2005 the peerage was created as Baron Chidgey, of Hamble-le-Rice in the County of Hampshire. In the House of Lords, he was Liberal Democrat spokesman in defence from 2005 to 2006. He was Given the Freedom of the Borough of Eastleigh in 2005.
He married April Carolyn Idris-Jones in 1965 in Gosport. They have a son and two daughters.