Sir Menzies Campbell is one of the most respected and successful politicians of his generation. He has been MP for North East Fife since 1987.
He was born in 1941 and educated at Glasgow University, where he graduated M.A., LL.B., and Stanford University, California where he carried out post-graduate studies in international law. He was called to the Bar in Scotland in 1968 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1984.
Married, he enjoys all sports, music and theatre. He retains a particular interest in athletics as a former Olympic athlete, holder of the United Kingdom 100 metres record and Captain of the UK Athletics Team.
Sir Menzies is a bold and effective grassroots campaigner with a strong record of delivering in his constituency.
In Parliament he has served primarily as a defence and foreign affairs spokesman, becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in 1997.
In 2003 he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and was Leader of the party from 2006 to 2007. He has been a member of several House of Commons Select Committees, including the Defence Committee, and is currently a member of the Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and also Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. He is presently the leader of the United Kingdom delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Sir Menzies received the CBE in 1987; was appointed to the Privy Council in 1999 and knighted in 2004 for services to parliament. He became a Companion of Honour in the 2013 Birthday Honours for public and political service. He is currently the Chancellor of the University of St Andrews.
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