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Sir David Bower Mitchell (20 June 1928 – 30 August 2014) was a British Conservative politician who was a member of Parliament for over 30 years, and who served as a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher's government.[1][2]

Sir David Mitchell
Minister of State for Transport
In office
9 January 1986 – 11 June 1987
Preceded byLynda Chalker
Succeeded byMichael Portillo
Personal details
Born(1928-06-20)20 June 1928
Died30 August 2014(2014-08-30) (aged 86)
Political partyConservative
RelativesAndrew Mitchell
Occupationpolitician and junior minister


Early lifeEdit

Mitchell was born in the Amersham Rural District in Buckinghamshire, and educated at Aldenham School, Hertfordshire, before becoming a wine shipper and merchant.

Political careerEdit

Mitchell served as a councillor on St Pancras Borough Council from 1956 to 1959. He contested St Pancras North in 1959. He was the Member of Parliament for Basingstoke from 1964 to 1983, and for Hampshire North West from 1983 until he retired in 1997. In 1970, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Social Services in the Heath Ministry.

Mitchell served in the Thatcher Ministry as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry, 1979–1981, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, 1981–1983, and then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, 9 June 1983 – 9 January 1986, and Minister of State, 9 January 1986 – 25 July 1988, at the Department of Transport.[3] He was knighted in 1988 upon his resignation from Government.[4]

Mitchell's son Andrew Mitchell is the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield, and served as Secretary of State for International Development and briefly as Chief Whip in David Cameron's government between 2010 and 2012.


In 2008, Sir David Mitchell published an autobiography entitled "From House to House, The Endless Adventures of Politics & Wine" with The Memoir Club, ISBN 978-1-84104-191-9.[5]


  1. ^ "Sir David Mitchell dead: Former Conservative MP and minister dies aged 86 - Home News - UK - The Independent". Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  2. ^ Wood, Alan H. (11 June 1992). "Times" Guide to the House of Commons 1992. London: Times Books. ISBN 9780723004974. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Ministerial membership of DoT 1970-2009". Maps, Statistics, Governments and Politics. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ "No. 51558". The London Gazette. 13 December 1988. p. 13986..
  5. ^ "The Memoir Club: Sir David Mitchell". Retrieved 30 August 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lynda Chalker
Minister of State for Transport
9 January 1986 – 11 June 1987
Succeeded by
Michael Portillo
Preceded by
Reginald Eyre
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
9 June 1983 – 9 January 1986
Succeeded by
Peter Bottomley
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Denzil Freeth
Member of Parliament for Basingstoke
Succeeded by
Andrew Hunter
New constituency Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire
Succeeded by
Sir George Young, Bt