Butler, Nick - from United Kingdom
Country of meeting: GBR in the year 2011-2012
Serving as an MP for 17 years and holding several junior ministerial offices. Butler became Member of Parliament for Bosworth in 1970, surprisingly defeating the sitting Labour Party MP, Woodrow Wyatt. He was first Conservative MP to represent the seat since the 1920s, and barely retained his seat at the two general elections in 1974. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Joseph Godber, who was Minister of State in the Foreign Office and then at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He became a whip in 1974.
After Margaret Thatcher became Conservative leader in 1975, Butler became one of her two Parliamentary Private Secretaries, along with John Stanley. After the Conservative victory at the 1979 general election, he served as Minister of State for Industry at the Department of Industry until 1981, and then as minister for economic development in Northern Ireland until 1984, where he called in the receivers at the De Lorean motorcar company, and finally as minister for defense procurement until 1985. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1984, and knighted in 1986.
He was also a member of the Court of the Goldsmiths' Company and later chairman of the British Hallmarking Council from 1998 to 2004. Chairman of the Samuel Courtauld Trustees, associated with the Courtauld Institute of Art, from 1989 to 2005 and chairman of the Airey Neave Trust from 1989 to 1999.
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