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Summary Article: Maude, Francis (Anthony Aylmer) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

British Conservative politician, minister for the Cabinet Office, and paymaster general 2010–15. A barrister by training, he was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983 for North Warwickshire, serving as a whip and junior minister from 1985 until the 1992 general election when he lost his seat. After working in the City of London, he returned to politics in 1997 as MP for Horsham, subsequently holding shadow cabinet positions until 2001. He was appointed party chair 2005–07 and shadow minister for the Cabinet Office from 2007. In the 2010–15 Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of David Cameron, as minister for the Cabinet Office he oversaw a civil service efficiency drive as part of the broader deficit-reduction programme. He retired as an MP in May 2015, but was appointed to the House of Lords, as Baron Maude of Horsham, and became minister of state for trade and investment.

While out of Parliament, Maude was a director of Salomon Brothers 1992–93 and managing director of Morgan Stanley 1993–97. Re-elected in 1997, he was appointed as shadow secretary of state for culture, media, and sport 1997–98, shadow chancellor of the Exchequer 1998–2000 and shadow foreign and Commonwealth secretary 2000–01. After the 2001 election, he returned to the backbenches until 2005 when he rejoined the shadow cabinet as party chair.

Born in Oxford, he was the son of former Conservative minister Angus Maude. He studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and at the College of Law. He practised at the criminal bar 1977–85 and was a Westminster City councillor 1978–84. Having entered Parliament in a marginal seat in 1983, he was a whip and a parliamentary private secretary before becoming undersecretary of state at the Department of Trade and Industry 1987–89, minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1989–90, and financial secretary to the Treasury 1990–92. In 1992 he was made a privy counsellor in the dissolution honours list.

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