Patrick Mayhew, Baron Mayhew of Twysden, British barrister and politician, Died at 86

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Patrick Barnabas Burke Mayhew, Baron Mayhew of Twysden, was born on September 11, 1929, and died on June 25, 2016.

He was a British barrister and Conservative politician.

He had contested Dulwich in 1970, but the compelling Labour member, Sam Silkin, beat him by 895 votes.

He was the MP for the Tunbridge Wells constituency from its creation at the February 1974 general election, standing down at the 1997 election.

Patrick Mayhew was Under-Secretary for Employment from 1979-81, then Minister of State at the Home Office from 1981 to 1983.

Following that, he served as Solicitor General for England and Wales from 1983-87, and then Attorney General for England and Wales and simultaneously Attorney General for Northern Ireland from 1987-92.

Mayhew was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1992-97, the longest anyone has served in this office.

Later, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor (Kt) in 1983 and therefore granted the title sir.

Patrick was given a life peerage on June 12, 1997, as Baron Mayhew of Twysden, of Kilndown in the County of Kent.

Mayhew retired from the House of Lords on June 1, 2015.

Patrick married Jean in 1963 and they had four sons.

He had cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Patrick Mayhew passed away at 86 years old.

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