List of University of Oxford people in British public life

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This is a list of University of Oxford people in British public life. Many were students at one (or more) of the colleges of the University, and others held fellowships at a college.

This list forms part of a series of lists of people associated with the University of Oxford – for other lists, please see the main article List of University of Oxford people.


Name College Years Reign Ref
King Edward VII Christ Church 1859–1860 King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 1901–1910 [1][2]
King Edward VIII Magdalen 1912–1914 King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1936 [3][4]

Royal persons[edit]

Name College Years at Oxford Ref
Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany Christ Church 1872–1876 [5]
George, Marquess of Cambridge (formerly Prince George of Teck) Magdalen [6]
Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein Magdalen [7]
Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick Keble 2007–
Lord Frederick Windsor Magdalen 1998–2002 [8]
Lord Nicholas Windsor Manchester [9][10]

Prime ministers[edit]

Name College Student at Oxford Period as Prime Minister Ref
Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington Trinity 1690–? 1742–1743 [11]
Henry Pelham Hart Hall 1710–? 1743–1746 [12]
George Grenville Christ Church 1730–1733 1763–1765 [13][14]
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham Trinity 1727–1728 1766–1768 [15]
Frederick North, Lord North (later 2nd Earl of Guilford) Trinity 1748–1750 1770–1782 [16]
William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne Christ Church 1755–1757 1782–1783 [14][17]
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland Christ Church 1755–1757 1783, 1807–1809 [18]
Henry Addington (later 1st Viscount Sidmouth) Brasenose 1774–1778 1801–1804 [19]
William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville Christ Church 1776–1780 1806–1807 [20]
Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool Christ Church 1787–1790 1812–1827 [21]
George Canning Christ Church 1787–1791 1827 [14][22]
Sir Robert Peel, Bt Christ Church 1805–1808 1834–1835, 1841–1846 [23]
Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby Christ Church 1817–1820 1852, 1858–1859, 1866–1868 [24]
William Ewart Gladstone Christ Church 1828–1831 1868–1874, 1880–1885, 1886, 1892–1894 [25]
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury Christ Church 1847–1849 1885–1886, 1886–1892, 1895–1902 [26]
Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery Christ Church 1866–1869 1894–1895 [27]
H. H. Asquith (later 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith) Balliol 1870–1874 1908–1916 [28]
Clement Attlee (later 1st Earl Attlee) University 1901–1904 1945–1951 [29]
Anthony Eden (later 1st Earl of Avon) Christ Church 1919–1922 1955–1957 [30]
Harold Macmillan (later 1st Earl of Stockton) Balliol 1912–1914 1957–1963 [31]
Sir Alexander Douglas-Home (formerly 14th Earl of Home, later Baron Home of the Hirsel) Christ Church 1922–1925 1963–1964 [14][32]
Harold Wilson (later Baron Wilson of Rievaulx) Jesus 1934–1937 1964–1970, 1974–1976 [14]
Edward Heath Balliol 1935–1939 1970–1974 [14]
Margaret Thatcher (later Baroness Thatcher) Somerville 1943–1947 1979–1990 [14]
Tony Blair St John's 1972–1975 1997–2007 [14][33]
David Cameron Brasenose 1985–1988 2010–2016 [34]
Theresa May
St Hugh's 1974–1977 2016–2019 [35]
Boris Johnson Balliol 1983–1987 2019–2022
Liz Truss Merton 1993-1996 2022
Rishi Sunak Lincoln 1998-2001 2022–present

Cabinet of the United Kingdom (at 26 September 2021)[edit]

Name College Years at Oxford Title Ref
Boris Johnson Balliol Prime Minister
Dominic Raab Lady Margaret Hall Deputy Prime Minister
Rishi Sunak Lincoln College Chancellor of the Exchequer
Liz Truss Merton Foreign Secretary
Michael Gove Lady Margaret Hall Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
David Frost St John's Minister of State at the Cabinet Office
Jacob Rees-Mogg Trinity Leader of the House of Commons

Shadow Cabinet of the United Kingdom (at 08 September 2021)[edit]

Name College Years at Oxford Title Ref
Keir Starmer St Edmund Hall
Leader of the Opposition
Anneliese Dodds St Hilda's Party Chair & Chair of Labour Policy Review
Rachel Reeves New College Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Nick Thomas-Symonds St Edmund Hall Shadow Home Secretary
Ed Miliband Corpus Christi Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Bridget Phillipson Hertford Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Lucy Powell Somerville Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
Nia Griffith Somerville Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Shabana Mahmood Lincoln Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator

House of Lords and House of Commons[edit]

Peers and members of the House of Commons who are better known for their endeavours outside politics are listed in the appropriate category (e.g. the jurist William Blackstone, cricketer Colin Cowdrey, historian Edward Gibbon, scientists Susan Greenfield and Robert May, physician and journalist Thomas Stuttaford, and philosopher Mary Warnock).

Hereditary peers

In order of precedence. See also Lords of Appeal in Ordinary and other legal peers.

Name College Years at Oxford Notes Ref
Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk Lincoln Earl Marshal of England [36]
Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset Christ Church 1823 Left without taking degree [37]
Charles Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond Christ Church –1839 [38]
Henry Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort Trinity
Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds Christ Church 1767–1773 [39]
William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford Magdalen [40]
William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford Christ Church
George Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford Balliol
Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford Balliol 1907–1911 [41]
Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire Exeter
George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough Christ Church –1786 DCL 1792 [42]
George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough Christ Church
John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough Oriel MP 1844–45 and 1847–57, Ld Steward 1866–67, Ld Press of the Council 1867–68, Ld Lt of Ireland 1876–80, of Oxfordshire 1857–83
James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton Exeter
James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Hamilton Christ Church
James Hamilton, 6th Duke of Hamilton St Mary's Hall
William Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton Christ Church
William Douglas-Hamilton, 12th Duke of Hamilton Christ Church
Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton Balliol
Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton Balliol
William Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch Christ Church
Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch Christ Church
John Scott, 9th Duke of Buccleuch Christ Church
Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch Christ Church 1976 BA President of the National Trust for Scotland, appointed KBE for services to the Millennium Commission
George Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl
James Angus Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose Christ Church
Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven
Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland Christ Church
George Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu The Queen's
James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn Christ Church
James Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Abercorn Christ Church
Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington New College
Richard Temple-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos Christ Church
George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham Christ Church
James Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury University
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury Christ Church
John Thynne, 4th Marquess of Bath Christ Church
Thomas Thynne, 5th Marquess of Bath Balliol
Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath Christ Church
Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath Christ Church
Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley Christ Church
Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey Christ Church
James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie Christ Church
Basil Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 4th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava Balliol
Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava Christ Church
David Gordon, 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair Balliol
Sidney Herbert, 14th Earl of Pembroke Christ Church
William Courtenay, 11th Earl of Devon Christ Church
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury Exeter
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury Christ Church
William Legge, 6th Earl of Dartmouth Christ Church
John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville Christ Church
Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford Christ Church
Charles Bennet, 6th Earl of Tankerville Christ Church
James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope Trinity
George Waldegrave, 7th Earl Waldegrave Christ Church
Gerard Wallop, 9th Earl of Portsmouth Balliol
Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr Magdalen
James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan Christ Church
Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon Hertford
Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon
Henry Hyde, 4th Earl of Clarendon
George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle Christ Church
William Murray, 8th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield Christ Church
Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon
James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury
James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury Oriel 1825–1827 [43]
David Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home Christ Church
James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin Christ Church
Edward Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford Christ Church
Francis Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford New College and Christ Church
Thomas Pakenham, 8th Earl of Longford Magdalen
William Howard, 8th Earl of Wicklow Magdalen and St Stephen's House
John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare Christ Church
Nathaniel Clements, 2nd Earl of Leitrim Oriel
Du Pre Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon Christ Church
James Alexander, 3rd Earl of Caledon Christ Church
James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon Christ Church
William Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel Balliol
Richard Onslow, 5th Earl of Onslow New College
Michael Onslow, 7th Earl of Onslow
Edmond Pery, 5th Earl of Limerick New College
Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto Christ Church
Edward Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans Christ Church
Frederick Lygon, 6th Earl Beauchamp Christ Church
Frederick Curzon, 7th Earl Howe Christ Church
William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst Christ Church
Frederick Campbell, 3rd Earl Cawdor Christ Church
John Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley
Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville Christ Church
George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland Christ Church
George Byng, 3rd Earl of Strafford Christ Church
Charles Canning, 1st Earl Canning Christ Church
John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley Christ Church
William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne University
Roundell Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne University
Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook Christ Church
Stafford Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh Balliol
John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland Christ Church
Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey University
Thomas Brassey, 2nd Earl Brassey Balliol
Robert Reid, 1st Earl Loreburn Balliol
Michael Hicks-Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn Christ Church
Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig Brasenose 1880– Qualified for, but did not take, a pass degree [44]
George Haig, 2nd Earl Haig
St John Brodrick, 1st Earl of Midleton Balliol
F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead Wadham
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax Christ Church
Alexander Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie Balliol
A. V. Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Hillsborough Magdalen
William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele New College
Hugh Gough, 3rd Viscount Gough
Hugh Gough, 4th Viscount Gough New College
Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke University and Magdalen
Richard Lyons, 1st Viscount Lyons Christ Church
George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen Oriel
Matthew White Ridley, 1st Viscount Ridley Balliol
Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston University
George Cave, 1st Viscount Cave St John's
Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford Magdalen
Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long Christ Church
George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie New College
Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood University
Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham Christ Church
Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe University
Christopher Bathurst, 3rd Viscount Bledisloe Trinity
Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel
John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon Wadham and All Souls
George Lambert, 2nd Viscount Lambert New College
Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford Christ Church
Robert Hudson, 1st Viscount Hudson Magdalen
Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich New College
Osbert Peake, 1st Viscount Ingleby Christ Church
Walter Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley Balliol
Derick Heathcoat Amory, 1st Viscount Amory Christ Church
Alan Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton Christ Church
Simon Lennox-Boyd, 2nd Viscount Boyd of Merton Christ Church
David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles New College
Charles Stourton, 26th Baron Mowbray Christ Church
Ralph Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys Balliol
Nathaniel Thomas Allen Fiennes, 21st Baron Saye and Sele New College
John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners
Richard Onslow, 1st Baron Onslow St Edmund Hall
Arthur Stanley, 5th Baron Sheffield and 5th Baron Stanley of Alderley Balliol
Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester Christ Church
Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley Christ Church
Philip Sidney, 1st Baron De L'Isle and Dudley Christ Church
Hussey Vivian, 1st Baron Vivian Exeter
Francis Baring, 1st Baron Northbrook Christ Church
Eric Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury Balliol
John Patrick Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross
George Kemp, 1st Baron Rochdale Balliol
Charles Cripps, 1st Baron Parmoor New College and St John's
Montague Woodhouse, 5th Baron Terrington New College and Nuffield
Colin Moynihan, 4th Baron Moynihan University Silver medal 1980 Olympics, MP 1983–92, Minister for Sport 1987–90, Chairman British Olympic Association 2005
James Salter, 1st Baron Salter Brasenose and All Souls
Patrick Spens, 1st Baron Spens New College
Toby Low, 1st Baron Aldington New College
Niall Macpherson, 1st Baron Drumalbyn Trinity
Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield Christ Church
Christopher James Makins, 2nd Baron Sherfield New College
John Hope, 1st Baron Glendevon Christ Church
Julian John Somerset Hope, 2nd Baron Glendevon Christ Church

MPs and life peers

Excluding any MP who subsequently was created a hereditary peer or succeeded to a hereditary peerage, and also excluding any life peer who was or is simultaneously a hereditary peer, but including MPs who disclaimed a hereditary peerage in order to sit in the House of Commons (between 1963 and 1999) as well as hereditary peers sitting as MPs under the terms of the House of Lords Act 1999.

Name College Years at Oxford Party Notes Ref
Arthur Dyke Acland Christ Church and Keble
Richard Acland Balliol
Jonathan Aitken Christ Church and Wycliffe Hall Conservative
Danny Alexander St Anne's Lib Dem
Michael Alison Wadham
Julian Amery, Baron Amery of Lustleigh Balliol Conservative
Leopold Stennett Amery Balliol and All Souls
Michael Ancram (Michael Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian) Christ Church Conservative
William Anstruther-Gray, Baron Kilmany Christ Church
Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare Brasenose Conservative
Kenneth Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking Magdalen Conservative
Nicholas Baker Conservative
Anthony Barber, Baron Barber Oriel Conservative
Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley Christ Church
Alan Beith Balliol and Nuffield Lib Dem
Ronald Bell Magdalen
Tony Benn (formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate) New College Labour
Reginald Bennett New College
Keith Best Keble
John Biggs-Davison Magdalen
Angela Billingham, Baroness Billingham
Henry Bilson Legge Christ Church
Geoffrey Bing Lincoln
Mark Bonham Carter, Baron Bonham-Carter Balliol
Maurice Bonham Carter
Robert Boothby, Baron Boothby Magdalen Conservative
Tim Boswell New College
John Bowis Brasenose
John Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter Balliol
Edward Boyle, Baron Boyle of Handsworth Christ Church Conservative
Ashley Bramall Magdalen
Gyles Brandreth New College Conservative
Julian Brazier Brasenose Conservative
Henry Brooke, Baron Brooke of Cumnor Balliol
Peter Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville Balliol Conservative
Jock Bruce-Gardyne Magdalen
Chris Bryant Mansfield Labour
Simon Burns Oxford Conservative
Alistair Burt St John's
Kenneth Carlisle Magdalen
Bill Cash Lincoln
Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn St Hugh's Labour
Paul Channon, Baron Kelvedon Christ Church Conservative
Donald Chapman, Baron Northfield Nuffield
Christopher Chataway Magdalen
Hugh Childers
Lord Randolph Churchill Merton
Randolph Churchill Christ Church
James Clappison The Queen's
Alan Clark Christ Church Conservative
George Clarke Brasenose and All Souls
Robert Cooke Christ Church
Jim Cousins New College
Aidan Crawley Trinity
Mary Creagh Pembroke
Julian Critchley Pembroke
Anthony Crosland Trinity Labour
Richard Crossman New College Labour
Petre Crowder Christ Church
Edwina Currie St Anne's Conservative
David Curry Corpus Christi
Horace Plunkett University
Henry d'Avigdor-Goldsmid Balliol
Edward Davey Jesus Lib Dem
Denzil Davies Pembroke
Geraint Davies Jesus Labour
Edmund Dell The Queen's Labour
Douglas Dodds-Parker Magdalen
Stephen Dorrell Brasenose Conservative
James Douglas-Hamilton, Baron Selkirk of Douglas Balliol
William Dowdeswell Christ Church
Tom Driberg, Baron Bradwell Christ Church Labour
John Dugdale Christ Church Labour
Edward du Cann St John's Conservative
Philip Dunne Keble
John Eliot Exeter
Peter Emery Oriel
Evelyn Emmet, Baroness Emmet of Amberley Lady Margaret Hall
Derek Enright Wadham
Eric Errington Trinity
Gwynfor Evans St John's
David Faber Balliol
Michael Fabricant
Paul Farrelly St Edmund Hall
Mark Field St Edmund Hall
Nathaniel Fiennes New College
Adrian John Flook
Bernard Floud Wadham
Dingle Foot Balliol Liberal, Labour
Michael Foot Wadham Labour
Gerald Fowler Lincoln
Charles James Fox Hertford
Hugh Fraser Balliol
Peter Fry Worcester
Hugh Gaitskell New College Labour
Tam Galbraith Christ Church
Roy Galley Worcester
Timothy Garden, Baron Garden St Catherine's
Edward Garnier Jesus Conservative
David Gauke St Edmund Hall
Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron St Peter's
Andrew George University Lib Dem
Neil Gerrard Wadham
John Gilbert, Baron Gilbert St John's
Ian Gilmour, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar Balliol Conservative
David Ginsburg Balliol
Richard Glyn Worcester
Patrick Gordon Walker, Baron Gordon-Walker Christ Church Labour
Bryan Gould Balliol Labour
James Gray Christ Church
Damian Green Balliol Conservative
Nia Griffith Somerville
Joseph Grimond, Baron Grimond Balliol Liberal
John Grogan St John's
Michael Hamilton University
Mark Harper Brasenose
Harwood Harrison Trinity
Alan Haselhurst Oriel
Denis Healey, Baron Healey Balliol Labour
David Heath St John's
David Heathcoat-Amory Christ Church
John Hemming Magdalen
A. P. Herbert New College
Michael Heseltine, Baron Heseltine Pembroke Conservative
Patricia Hewitt Nuffield Labour
John Heydon Stokes The Queen's
John Hill Merton
Keith Hill Corpus Christi
Sarah Hogg, Viscountess Hailsham and Baroness Hogg Lady Margaret Hall
Philip Hollobone Lady Margaret Hall
Richard Holme, Baron Holme of Cheltenham St John's
Peter Hordern Christ Church
Martin Horwood The Queen's
Les Huckfield Keble
Ednyfed Hudson Davies Balliol
Chris Huhne Magdalen Lib Dem First Cabinet Minister in British History to be forced to resign due to criminal proceedings. [citation needed]
George Ward Hunt Christ Church
Nick Hurd
Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley Trinity Conservative
Harry Hylton-Foster Magdalen
Thomas Iremonger Oriel
Henry Ireton Trinity
Arthur Irvine Oriel
Godman Irvine Magdalen
Robert Victor Jackson St Edmund Hall and All Souls
Douglas Jay, Baron Jay New College and All Souls Labour
Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington Somerville Labour
Roy Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead Balliol Labour, Lib Dem
Toby Jessel Balliol
Keith Joseph, Baron Joseph Magdalen and All Souls Conservative
Gerald Kaufman The Queen's Labour
Elaine Kellett-Bowman St Anne's
Anthony Kershaw Balliol
Marcus Kimball, Baron Kimball Trinity
Peter Michael Kirk Trinity
Susan Kramer St Hilda's Lib Dem
Ivan Lawrence Christ Church Conservative
Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby Christ Church Conservative
Hastings Lees-Smith The Queen's
George Cornewall Lewis Christ Church
Martin Linton Pembroke Labour
Marcus Lipton Merton
Evan Luard St Antony's
Ian Lucas New College
Hugh Lucas-Tooth Balliol
Ian MacArthur The Queen's
Andrew McIntosh, Baron McIntosh of Haringey Jesus
John Mackintosh Balliol
Francis McLaren Balliol
Martin McLaren
Robert Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart Balliol
Denis MacShane Merton Labour
Bryan Magee Keble
Humfrey Malins Brasenose
Joseph Mallalieu Trinity
Peter Mandelson St Catherine's Labour
David Marquand Magdalen, St Antony's, and Mansfield Labour
Gordon Marsden New College and St Antony's
Edmund Marshall Magdalen
Angus Maude, Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon Oriel
Reginald Maudling Merton Conservative
Robin Maxwell-Hyslop Christ Church
Christopher Paget Mayhew, Baron Mayhew Christ Church
Michael Meacher New College Labour
Patrick Mercer Exeter
Anthony Meyer New College Conservative
Stephen Milligan Magdalen
Norman Miscampbell Trinity
Austin Mitchell Nuffield Labour
Rhodri Morgan St John's Labour
Alfred Morris, Baron Morris of Manchester Ruskin and St Catherine's Labour
Frederick William Mulley, Baron Mulley Christ Church
Airey Neave Merton Conservative
Tony Newton, Baron Newton of Braintree Trinity Conservative
Godfrey Nicholson Christ Church
Nigel Nicolson Balliol
Michael Noble, Baron Glenkinglas Magdalen
Steven Norris Worcester
Edward O'Hara Magdalen
Matthew Oakeshott, Baron Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Nuffield
Arthur Onslow Wadham
Cranley Onslow, Baron Onslow of Woking Oriel
Ian Orr-Ewing, Baron Orr-Ewing Trinity
Graham Page Magdalen
Peter Palumbo, Baron Palumbo Worcester
John Parker St John's
Ben Parkin Lincoln
Christopher Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes Balliol Conservative Governor of Hong Kong 1992–97
Andrew Pelling New College
John Peyton, Baron Peyton of Yeovil Trinity
James Pitman Christ Church
Alexander Pollock Brasenose
Barry Porter
Christopher Price The Queen's
John Profumo Brasenose Liberal
John Pym Broadgates Hall
Giles Radice, Baron Radice Labour
Eleanor Rathbone Somerville
Hugh Reynolds Rathbone Trinity
Tim Rathbone Christ Church
John Redwood Magdalen and All Souls Conservative
Laurance Reed University
Philip Hammond University
Peter Rees, Baron Rees Christ Church
David Rendel Magdalen and St Cross
Tim Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry Magdalen
Robert Rhodes James Worcester
Nicholas Ridley, Baron Ridley of Liddesdale Balliol Conservative
Geoffrey Rippon, Baron Rippon of Hexham Brasenose
Andrew Robathan Oriel
Barbara Roche Lady Margaret Hall
John Rodgers
John Roper, Baron Roper Magdalen
Christopher Rowland Corpus Christi
Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley Christ Church Conservative
Duncan Sandys, Baron Duncan-Sandys Magdalen Conservative
James Scott-Hopkins
Brian Sedgemore Corpus Christi
Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold St Hilda's Conservative
Siôn Simon Magdalen Labour
George Evelyn Sinclair Pembroke
John Sinclair Trinity
John Smith St John's
John Lindsay Eric Smith New College Conservative
Peter Smithers Magdalen
Harold Soref The Queen's
Frank Soskice, Baron Stow Hill Balliol Labour
Alexander Spearman Hertford
Ivor Stanbrook Pembroke
John Stanley Lincoln
Phyllis Starkey Lady Margaret Hall
Arthur Steel-Maitland Balliol
Martin Stevens Trinity
Michael Stewart, Baron Stewart of Fulham St John's Labour
John Strachey Magdalen Labour
William Strode Exeter
Shirley Summerskill Somerville
John Sutcliffe New College
Peter Tapsell Merton
Matthew Taylor Lady Margaret Hall Lib Dem
William Teeling Magdalen
Peter Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gwydir Jesus
Jeremy Thorpe Trinity Liberal
John Tilney Magdalen
James Tinn Jesus
Gordon Touche University
Andrew Turner Keble
Stephen Twigg Balliol Labour
Andrew Tyrie Trinity
Edward Vaizey Merton Conservative
William Robert Seymour Vesey-FitzGerald Christ Church and Oriel
David Waddington, Baron Waddington Hertford
William Waldegrave, Baron Waldegrave of North Hill Corpus Christi and All Souls Conservative
Brian Walden The Queen's and Nuffield Labour
David Walder Christ Church
Derek Walker-Smith Christ Church
William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire St Antony's
William Waller Magdalen Hall
Steve Webb Hertford
John Wells Corpus Christi
William Thomas Wells Balliol
Eirene Lloyd White, Baroness White Somerville
Phillip Whitehead Exeter
Ann Widdecombe Lady Margaret Hall Conservative
Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby Somerville Labour, Lib Dem
Thomas Williams St Catherine's and Manchester
W. Llewelyn Williams Brasenose
Charles Williams-Wynn Christ Church
Watkin Williams-Wynn Jesus
Francis Windebank St John's
Patrick Wolrige-Gordon New College
Richard Wood, Baron Holderness New College
Marcus Worsley New College
Tony Wright Balliol
Derek Wyatt St Catherine's
Woodrow Wyatt, Baron Wyatt of Weeford Worcester Labour, Conservative
William Wyndham Christ Church
John Wynn
William Yates Hertford
Kenneth Younger New College

British Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Members of the European Parliament who have also been members of the parliament at Westminster appear in the list of MPs and life peers.

Name College Years at Oxford Party Notes Ref
Philip Bushill-Matthews University Conservative
Richard Corbett Trinity Labour
Daniel Hannan Oriel Conservative
Caroline Jackson St Hugh's and Nuffield Conservative
Christopher Jackson Magdalen Conservative
Stanley Johnson Exeter Conservative
Shaun Spiers St John's Labour
Charles Tannock Balliol Conservative
Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Douro Christ Church and Keble Conservative

Sub-national politicians[edit]

Many MPs and MEPs have also been involved in local politics. They appear in their respective sections, above.

Name College Years at Oxford Party Notes Ref
Nicholas Boles Magdalen member of Westminster City Council 1998–2002
Ian Frank Bowater Magdalen Lord Mayor of London 1969–1970
Nicholas Bye Mayor of Torbay 2003–2004, directly elected mayor of Torbay 2005–;
Alexander Curtis St Catherine's 2015–2018 Conservative Ware Town Councillor 2015–, Mayor of Ware 2017–
George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair Balliol London County Council 1910–1925 & 1931–1934
Cyril Jackson New College 1885 BA Literae Humaniores Agent-General for Western Australia 1910–11, Leader of London County Council 1911–15 [45]
Boris Johnson Balliol Conservative Editor of The Spectator 1999–2005, MP for Henley 2001–2008, Mayor of London 2008–2016
Christopher Newbury Keble member of Wiltshire County Council 1997–, of the Congress of the Council of Europe 1998–
Kathleen Ollerenshaw Somerville Lord Mayor of Manchester 1975–1976
Lena Townsend Somerville Leader of the Inner London Education Authority 1969–1970
Mike Woodin Wolfson and Balliol Green Party member of Oxford City Council 1994–2004

Civil servants[edit]

Name College Years at Oxford Notes Ref
Robert Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster Christ Church Cabinet Secretary 1979–87
Edward Bridges, 1st Baron Bridges Magdalen Cabinet Secretary 1938–46, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury 1946–56
Norman Brook, 1st Baron Normanbrook Wadham Secretary of the Cabinet 1947–62, Chairman of the BBC 1964–67
Robin Butler, Baron Butler of Brockwell University Cabinet Secretary 1988–98, Master of University College, Oxford 1997–
Suma Chakrabarti New College Permanent Secretary to the Department for International Development
John Elvidge Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive 2003–
Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer Balliol permanent secretary to the Board of Trade 1867–86
David Faulkner St John's Dep Secy, Home Office 1982–90; Chairman, Howard League for Penal Reform 1998–2002
Warren Fisher Hertford Permanent Secretary of the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service 1919–39
John Gieve New College permanent secretary, Home Office 2001–05; deputy governor, Bank of England 2006–
Robin Harris Director Conservative Research Department 1985–88, member Prime Minister's Policy Unit 1989–90
David Kelly Linacre sometime UN weapons inspector and Head of Defence Microbiology Division Porton Down
Tim Lankester Corpus Christi Permanent Secretary Overseas Development Administration 1989–94
Robin Leigh-Pemberton, Baron Kingsdown Trinity Governor of the Bank of England 1983–93
Ralph Lingen, 1st Baron Lingen Trinity and Balliol Sec to the Education Office 1849–69, Permanent Secy to the Treasury 1869–85
Nicholas Macpherson Balliol Permanent Secretary to the Treasury 2005–
Geoff Mulgan Balliol Dir Young Foundn 2005–, formerly Dir PM's Strategy Unit, Dir Demos 1993–98
David Normington Corpus Christi Permanent Secretary to the Department for Education and Skills 2001–05, to the Home Office 2005–
Ronald Oxburgh, Baron Oxburgh University President Qu Coll Cam 82–88, Chief Scientific Adv MoD 88–93, Rector Imp Coll Lon 93–00
John Rickard St John's Chief Economic Adviser, UK Government; Fiscal Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Moldova
Ivan Rogers Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 2003–
Michael Scholar St John's Permanent Secy Welsh Office 1993–96, Department of Trade & Industry 1996–2001
Martin Sixsmith Director of Communications, Department for Transport, Local Government, and the Regions 2001–02
Nicholas Stern Prof of Economics LSE 1994–99; Chief Economist & Sen V-P World Bank 2000–03, Hd of Govt Economic Service 2003–
Will Straw New College
Henry Summers Trinity Under-Secretary to Ministry of Housing and Local Government 1955–71


Name College Years at Oxford Notes Ref
Antony Acland Christ Church head of Diplomatic Service 1982–86, ambassador to Washington 1986–91, provost of Eton 1991–2000
Hugh James Arbuthnott New College Ambassador to Romania 1986–89, Portugal 1989–93, Denmark 1993–96
Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith Balliol Governor of the Seychelles 1962–67
Malcolm Barclay-Harvey Christ Church MP 1923–29 & 1931–39, Governor South Australia 1939–44
Lord William Bentinck Christ Church Governor General of India 1828–35
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce Trinity and Oriel MP 1880–1907, Ambassador to the United States 1907–13
George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston Balliol and All Souls Viceroy of India 1899–1905, Foreign Secretary 1919–24
John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair Governor General of Canada 1893–98
Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava Christ Church Gov Gen Canada 1872–78, Viceroy India 1884-8
David Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick New College Ambassador to EEC 1985–90, to UN 1990–96, UN Special Rep Cyprus 1996–2003
Sir James Harford Balliol Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Saint Helena 1954–58
Nicholas Henderson Hertford Ambassador to France 1975–79, to the US 1979–82, Lord Warden of the Stannaries 1985–90
Michael Jay, Baron Jay of Ewelme Magdalen Ambassador to France 1996–2001; Permanent Under-Secretary, FCO 2002–06
Gladwyn Jebb, 1st Baron Gladwyn Magdalen Acting Sec-Gen UN 1945–46, Ambassador to UN 1950–54, to France 1954–60, MEP 1973–76
John Kerr, Baron Kerr of Kinlochard Pembroke Permanent Under-Sec, FCO 1997–2002; Sec Gen, European Convention 2000–03
Murray MacLehose, Baron MacLehose of Beoch Balliol Governor of Hong Kong 1971–82
John Maffey, 1st Baron Rugby Christ Church Gov-Gen Sudan 1926–33, Perm Under-Sec for Colonies 33–37, Rep to Ireland 39–48
Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra New College Ambassador, W. Germany 1955–56, Permanent Under-Secy for Foreign Affairs 1957–62
Edward Mortimer All Souls Hd of Speechwriting Executive Office of the Sec Gen of the UN 1998–, Dir of Communications 2001–
Arthur Nicolson, 1st Baron Carnock Ambassador to Spain 1904–5, to Russia 1905–10, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs 1910–16
David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech Ambassador to the United States 1961–65
Ivor Roberts Keble, St Antony's and Trinity Ambassador to Yugoslavia 1992–98, Ireland 1999–2003, Italy 2003–06
Frederic Rogers, 1st Baron Blachford Oriel Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies 1860–71
Frederic Rogers, 1st Baron Blachford Balliol Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies 1860–71
Nigel Sheinwald Balliol British Ambassador to the United States 2007-2012
John Weston Worcester Dep Cabinet Secretary 1988–92, Permanent Rep NATO 1992–95, Permanent Rep UN 1995–98
David Williamson, Baron Williamson of Horton Exeter Head of Eur Secretariat Cabinet Office 1983–87, Sec-Gen Eur Commn 1987–97

Members of the Royal Household[edit]

Name College Years at Oxford Notes Ref
Henry Agar-Ellis, 3rd Viscount Clifden Christ Church Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the Prince Consort 1846–52
Sedley Andrus Lancaster Herald 1972–82, Beaumont Herald Extraordinary 1982–
George Bellew Christ Church Garter Principal King of Arms 1950–61, Secretary of the Order of the Garter 1961–74
John Brooke-Little New College Clarenceux King of Arms 1995–97
Clive Cheesman Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms 1998–2010, Richmond Herald 2010–
Hubert Chesshyre Christ Church Clarenceux King of Arms 1997–2010
Colin Cole Brasenose Garter Principal King of Arms 1978–92
Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees Merton Richmond Herald 1962–67
Patric Dickinson Clarenceux King of Arms 2010–, Secretary of the Order of the Garter 2004–
Montague Eliot, 8th Earl of St Germans Exeter Groom of the Robes to HM King George V 1920–36
Edward Ford New College Asst Private Secretary to HM King George VI 1946–52, to HM The Queen 1952–67, Extra Equerry 1955–2006
Michael Maclagan Trinity Richmond Herald 1980–89
Theobald Mathew Balliol Windsor Herald and Deputy Treasurer of the College of Arms 1978–97
Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk Christ Church Falkland Pursuivant 1952–53, Kintyre Pursuivant 1953–61, Albany Herald 1961–85
Robert Noel Exeter Lancaster Herald 1999–
Michael Peat Trinity Principal Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall 2005–
Matthew White Ridley, 4th Viscount Ridley Balliol Lord Steward of the Household 1989–2001
Stuart Shilson Balliol Assistant Private Secretary to HM The Queen 2001–2004
Anthony Wagner Balliol Garter Principal King of Arms 1961–78

Military, security, and police personnel[edit]

Victoria Cross or George Cross recipients listed first.

Name College Years at Oxford Notes Ref
Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO Balliol
Captain Dr Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC, Medal bar, Military Cross Trinity College, Oxford 1904–1907 The only person to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice in World War I; the only man to be awarded both the VC and a bar in WWI - one of three men to have ever achieved it; also an Olympian and Medical Doctor. Graduated with First-class honours. With 16 War memorials, he is believed to be the most commemorated in the United Kingdom. Died in battle.
Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO and two bars, DFC, RAF Merton
Captain John Liddell, VC, MC, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, RFC Balliol 1908–? [46]
Captain Robert Nairac, GC, Grenadier Guards Lincoln
Colonel Sir Geoffrey Vickers, VC Merton
Captain Garth Neville Walford, VC, Royal Regiment of Artillery Balliol 1900–? [46]
Trevor Bigham Magdalen Deputy Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police 1931–1935
Ian Blair Christ Church Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police 2005 onwards
Paul Condon, Baron Condon St Peter's Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police 1993–2000
David Craig, Baron Craig of Radley Lincoln Chief of the Defence Staff 1988–1991, Convenor of Crossbenchers 1999–2004
Cressida Dick Balliol Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police 2006 onwards
Drury Curzon Drury-Lowe Corpus Christi Lt-Gen British Army 1890–1908, Colonel of the 17th Lancers 1892–1895
Colin McColl The Queen's Director of the Secret Intelligence Service 1989–1994
Eliza Manningham-Buller Lady Margaret Hall Director-General of the Security Service 2002–2007
Brian Paddick The Queen's deputy assistant commissioner, Metropolitan Police 2003 onwards
John Rennie Balliol Director of the Secret Intelligence Service 1968–1973
John Scarlett Magdalen Director of the Secret Intelligence Service 2004 onwards
David Spedding Hertford Director of the Secret Intelligence Service 1994–1999
David Westwood Lady Margaret Hall Chief Constable of Humberside Police 1999–2005

Other notable British people[edit]

Name College Years at Oxford Notes Ref
Peter Benenson Balliol 1939–1940 Left Oxford because of WWII. Founder, Amnesty International (1961); General Secretary (1961–64), President (1961–66) [47]
Siân Berry Trinity 1997 (graduated) Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales 2006–07, Mayor of London candidate 2008
Nicky Blair Lady Margaret Hall 2004–2007 Son of Tony Blair, Bachelor of Arts Modern History, Co-Chair Oxford University Labour Club Trinity Term 2006, schoolmaster
Beau Brummell Oriel 1794–? Arbiter of fashion and friend of The Prince Regent
Emily Davison St Hugh's 1895 First-class honours in English in the Oxford University examination for women, but women were unable to graduate at that time. Suffragette. [48]
Vivien Duffield Lady Margaret Hall 1963–? Philanthropist [49]
Arnold Goodman, Baron Goodman University 1976–1986 (Master of University College) Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain 1965–72
Aletha Hayter Lady Margaret Hall 1930–1933 British Council Representative to Belgium
Eglantyne Jebb Lady Margaret Hall 1895–1898 founder of Save the Children Fund (1919) [50]
Sir Nicholas Kenyon Balliol Controller of BBC Radio 3 1992–1998 and Managing Director, Barbican Centre 2007–
Alexandra Knatchbull Regent's Park College 2002–2005 BA Philosophy and Theology. Great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, third cousin twice removed of The Queen, and god-daughter of Diana, Princess of Wales [51]
Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford Lady Margaret Hall
Rachel McLean St Hilda's 1989–1991 English student and murder victim
Max Nicholson Hertford 1926–1929 founder of British Trust for Ornithology (1932) and WWF (1961), president of RSPB 1980–85 [52]
Beau Nash Jesus Master of Ceremonies, Bath, Somerset
Tom Parker Bowles Worcester Son of The Duchess of Cornwall and stepson and godson of The Prince of Wales. Member of Piers Gaveston Society.
Jonathon Porritt Magdalen co-founder Forum for the Future 1996; Chairman Sustainable Development Commission 2000–
Ben Summerskill Merton Chief Executive of Stonewall 2003–
Olive Willis Somerville 1895–1898 founder of Downe House School

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