51 Facts About Dominic Grieve


Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve was born on 24 May 1956 and is a British barrister and former politician who served as Shadow Home Secretary from 2008 to 2009 and Attorney General for England and Wales from 2010 to 2014.


Dominic Grieve served as the Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield from 1997 to 2019 and was the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee from 2015 to 2019.


Dominic Grieve was dismissed as Attorney General by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of the 2014 Cabinet reshuffle, and was replaced by Jeremy Wright.


Dominic Grieve unsuccessfully stood as an independent candidate in Beaconsfield at the 2019 general election.


In spring 2019, Dominic Grieve was threatened with deselection by his local party after losing a confidence vote by members.


In October 2019, following removal of the whip, Dominic Grieve announced that he would stand as an independent candidate in his constituency's seat at the next general election.


Dominic Grieve was awarded the Legion of Honour in 2016, and broadcasts in French on French radio and television.


Dominic Grieve is a practising Anglican and was a member of the London diocesan synod of the Church of England.


Dominic Grieve was educated at the Lycee francais Charles de Gaulle on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, Colet Court and Westminster School.


Dominic Grieve went to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History in 1978.


Dominic Grieve was the President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1977.


Dominic Grieve continued his studies at the Polytechnic of Central London, where he received a Diploma in Law in 1979.


Dominic Grieve was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1980 and is a specialist in occupational safety and health law.


Dominic Grieve was made a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2005 and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2008.


Dominic Grieve was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for the Avonmore ward in 1982, but did not stand for re-election in 1986.


Dominic Grieve contested the Norwood constituency in the London Borough of Lambeth at the 1987 general election but finished in second place behind the veteran Labour MP John Fraser.


Dominic Grieve was elected to the House of Commons for the Buckinghamshire seat of Beaconsfield at the 1997 general election following the resignation of Tim Smith in the cash-for-questions affair.


Dominic Grieve was elected with a majority of 13,987 votes and remained the MP there until his defeat in the 2019 general election.


Dominic Grieve made his maiden speech on 21 May 1997.


Dominic Grieve was a member of both the Environmental Audit and the Statutory Instruments select committees from 1997 to 1999.


Dominic Grieve had responsibility for community cohesion on behalf of the Conservative Party.


Dominic Grieve was retained as Shadow Attorney General by the new Conservative Leader David Cameron, and was appointed Shadow Home Secretary on 12 June 2008, following the resignation of David Davis.


In early 2006, Dominic Grieve was instrumental in the defeat of the Labour government on its proposal that the Home Secretary should have power to detain suspected terrorists for periods up to 90 days without charge.


Dominic Grieve was one of four members of the cabinet who abstained in the May 2013 same-sex marriage vote.


Dominic Grieve said that he believed that the Bill had been "badly conceived".


On 22 November 2013, Dominic Grieve was reported as stating politicians need to "wake up" to the issue of corruption in some minority communities and that "corruption in parts of the Pakistani community is 'endemic".


Dominic Grieve was sacked from the cabinet by David Cameron in July 2014 and replaced by Jeremy Wright.


Dominic Grieve believed this was because of his support for the European Court of Human Rights, although no reason was given; the sacking occurred a few weeks after Dominic Grieve gave Cameron incorrect legal advice on whether he could make a public comment on the Andy Coulson trial.


Dominic Grieve volunteered at the Sufra food bank in January 2015 to highlight issues relating to the increased use of food banks.


In July 2019, following the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, Dominic Grieve described Johnson as a "charlatan".


On 3 September 2019, Dominic Grieve joined 20 other rebel Conservative MPs to vote against the Conservative government of Boris Johnson.


In October 2019, Dominic Grieve announced that he was planning to stand again in his seat as an independent.


In May 2017, prior to the general election and in support of the Conservative manifesto, Dominic Grieve stated on his website that "the decision of the electorate in the Referendum must be respected and that I should support a reasoned process to give effect to it".


On 24 July 2018, Dominic Grieve wrote a column for The Independent backing the online paper's final say petition, which calls for the British electorate to have a "final say on the Brexit deal".


Dominic Grieve stated that Brexit puts the Conservative Party's reputation for "economic competence" at risk.


Dominic Grieve was one of the signatories of a December 2018 statement by a group of senior Conservatives calling for a second referendum over Brexit.


On 11 January 2019, during his speech to the convention for a second referendum, Dominic Grieve described Brexit as "national suicide".


On 9 January 2019, Dominic Grieve made a successful amendment to a government business motion; The amendment was controversial due to unusual means it was permitted by Speaker John Bercow.


Ultimately May's withdrawal deal was rejected and on 29 January 2019, Dominic Grieve's resulting amendment was defeated by the Government, supported by Labour rebels.


On 29 March 2019, a motion of no confidence against Dominic Grieve was carried by his local party 182 votes to 131.


At this, Dominic Grieve said he'll carry on 'exactly as before'.


Dominic Grieve has since been asked to apply for readoption by his local party.


Dominic Grieve has been credited as a contributor to a Labour Party motion designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit, the plans were kept secret until their unveiling on 11 June 2019, when Conservative leadership candidates began their campaigns.


Dominic Grieve said the motion was the "last sensible opportunity" to stop a no-deal Brexit.


Dominic Grieve added that in the future, if necessary, he would support efforts to bring down a Conservative government in a vote of no confidence if it was the only way to block such an outcome.


Later in June 2019, Dominic Grieve successfully proposed amendments which sought to thwart no-deal Brexit prorogation.


Dominic Grieve is a practising Anglican and was a member of the London diocesan synod of the Church of England for six years from 1994.


Dominic Grieve married barrister Caroline Hutton in October 1990 in the City of London.


Dominic Grieve was a police station lay visitor for six years from 1990, and worked in Brixton on various bodies set up to reconcile the different communities after the riots.


Dominic Grieve is a Patron of Prisoners Abroad, a charity that supports the welfare of Britons imprisoned overseas and their families.


Dominic Grieve was criticised in 2008 for investments in multinational companies with significant projects in Zimbabwe.