Edward was born in l950. He was educated at St Phillips School, London, the Oratory School Berkshire, the French Lycee, London and at Durham University (Modern History) where he was President of the Union Society.
He is the younger son of Sir Neville Leigh K.C.V.O., former clerk to the Privy Council. He is married with three daughters and three sons.
He is a barrister, and a member of the Inner Temple, practising for Goldsmiths Chambers in arbitration and criminal law.
Edward Leigh's Experience
Edward was a member of Richmond Borough Council and then the Greater London Council from l974 until l98l.
He worked in the private office of Mrs Thatcher from l976-77 as private secretary in charge of her correspondence as Leader of the Opposition.
Edward fought Teeside Middlesborough in the October l974 General Election. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Gainsborough & Horncastle in the June l983 General Election. He was Joint Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Defence Committee and the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee from 1983-85.
From 1983-85 he was Joint Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Defence Committee and the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee. Until early 1985 he was Chairman of the National Council for Civil Defence and Director of the Coalition For Peace Through Security. From 1990-1993, he was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry. Prior to that he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Home Office.
From 1990-1993, Edward was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry. Prior to that he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Home Office.
In May 1997 he became an elected Member of Parliament for the new seat of Gainsborough with a majority of 6,826.
From 1995 to 2000 he was a member of the Social Security Select Committee, and from 1997 to 2001 Joint Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. Edward has also been the Chairman of the Public Accounts Select Committee since July 2001.