The Rt Hon. the Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom was a Member of Parliament from 1987-2015, representing North East Hampshire since 1997 and before that Wanstead & Woodford. In 1992 he became a government whip (1992–94), and then Parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Social Security (1994–95). Lord Arbuthnot was then appointed minister of state for defence procurement (1995–97).
When the Conservatives went into opposition he became opposition chief whip (1997–2001) during William Hague’s time as Leader.
Afterwards, Lord Arbuthnot became a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee (2001–05) and served as shadow secretary of state for trade (2003–05). He was chairman of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee from 2005 until April 2014. He was chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel and chairman of the All Party Group on Brain Tumours until 2013, and chairman of the British-Spanish Tertulias from 2012 to 2016.
Lord Arbuthnot became a member of the House of Lords in October 2015. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Thales (UK) and of Neuro-Bio Ltd, and consultant to SC Strategy Ltd, Babcock International, Pure Storage and other companies. He chairs the Information Assurance Advisory Council and the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown.
He was born in 1952 and was educated at Eton, where he was captain of the school, and at Trinity College, Cambridge. A barrister, he was called to the Bar in 1975 and practised until 1992 in trusts, wills, and tax law.