Lobbying target: Francis Maude, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office

Maude has enjoyed a rollercoaster career since his election to the Commons in 1983. He now helps to implement policy

Francis Maude
Francis Maude

Ten-second biography

Maude was first elected in 1983 but lost his seat at the 1992 election. He returned five years later as MP for Horsham, serving as shadow chancellor and shadow foreign secretary. He exited the shadow front bench in 2001, then was appointed Tory party chairman in 2005. He was demoted to his current role in 2007.


The son of Tory MP Angus Maude, he was educated at Abingdon School and Cambridge before going on to the College of Law. Maude became a councillor for the City of Westminster in 1978.

Where does he sit politically?

Seen as the high priest of Tory modernisers, Maude was at the forefront of David Cameron’s efforts to move the Conservatives to the centre ground.

Is he one to watch?

Maude’s closeness to Cameron means he is certain to be an influential figure as long as Cameron remains Tory leader.

Something I might not have known

Maude was appointed a non-executive director of Asda Group in 1992.


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