Born 17 May 1939, Hugh Dykes was educated at Weston Super Mare Grammar School and Pembroke College Cambridge.
He is a stockbroker and financial consultant and was previously Conservative MP for Harrow East ('70-'97), and MEP ('74-'77). While an MP, Lord Dykes served in the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office in Edward Heath's Government. He joined the Liberal Democrats following the defeat of Ken Clarke in the Conservative Leadership battle following the 1997 General Election.
Lord Dykes became adviser to Paddy Ashdown on EU affairs in 1998 and represented the Party in the London Region in the 1999 European Parliament elections. He is an active member of the party's defence, foreign and European affairs team. He was appointed member of the Party's working group on the EU Convention in 2001.
Hugh Dykes is also Vice President of the British-German Association and Chaired the BGA Annual Conference in 2002. Lord Dykes speaks several European languages fluently and has been honoured with the German Federal Order of Merit, French Legion d'Honneur, and the Luxembourg European Medal of Honour.
Lord Dykes is married with three children (one deceased) and lives in London.
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