Edward Davey, MP

(Elected 2006)

Edward Davey is delighted to become a fellow of Birkbeck. ‘It is a real honour; Birkbeck has helped me and thousands of people over the years.’ As MP for Kingston and Surbiton since 1997, Ed has become a key figure in the Liberal Democrats, having been spokesman on Treasury affairs, then Education and Skills; he is now Chief of Staff to party leader, Sir Menzies Campbell.

With a first-class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, Ed began his career for the Liberals as an economics researcher; at this point he studied for a Master’s degree in Economics at Birkbeck. The MSc helped him to develop Liberal policies, such as a penny on income tax for education and making the Bank of England independent. Speaking about Birkbeck, he says: ‘The College enables business people to continue learning and to access some of the most innovative and talented thinkers in the world; few institutions come close to Birkbeck.’

A keen advocate of more government support for part-time institutions like Birkbeck, Ed comments: ‘Government must never again allow part-time education to be the poor relation. Higher education policies should not be based round bricks and mortar but round intellectual ideas.’