David Owen is a distinguished politician with a long history of service in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. He was a founding member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), being one of the famous "gang of four" MPs who left the Labour Party in 1981 to set-up the SDP. He became Deputy Leader of the SDP in 1982 and was the Party's Leader from 1983 until 1987 when he resigned over the merger with the Liberal Party, becoming leader of a reformed SDP Party during its short existence from 1988-1992. David now sits as an Independent Social Democrat in The House Of Lords.
David's career as a politician began in earnest after he was elected Labour MP for Plymouth Devonport following the 1974 General Election (he remained as MP for Plymouth Devonport until his elevation to a peerage in 1992). In 1977, David was appointed as the youngest Foreign Secretary since Anthony Eden and was seen as representing the youthful dynamic face of the Labour Party.
In 1982, during the Falklands War, he spoke at the Bilderberg Group advocating sanctions against Argentina. Ironically, the success of the war ended any hope that SDP might have had of winning the 1983 election, though under his leadership, the Party increased its representation through various by-election victories.
An expert of foreign policies and defence issues, after leaving the House Of Commons in 1992 he was appointed Co-Chairman of the EC Peace Conference on Yugoslavia, a post he retained until 1995.
In addition to his political roles, Lord David is currently a non-executive chairman of Europe Steel Ltd and consultant to Epion Holdings.
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