Ian Lang, Baron Lang of Monkton
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Lang of Monkton
|President of the Board of Trade|
5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Michael Heseltine|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Beckett|
|Secretary of State for Scotland|
28 November 1990 – 5 July 1995
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Malcolm Rifkind|
|Succeeded by||Michael Forsyth|
|Member of Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
3 May 1979 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||George Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Alasdair Morgan|
|Born||27 June 1940|
|Alma mater||Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge|
Lang was made a life peer as Baron Lang of Monkton, of Merrick and the Rhinns of Kells in Dumfries and Galloway on 29 September 1997 and is currently chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. In May 2011, Lang became chairman of the board of directors of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Following this he became MP for Galloway from 1979 to 1983 and for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale from 1983 to 1997 and was a minister for a number of years. He served as a Government whip from 1981 to 1986, Under-Secretary of State for Employment (1986), Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (1986–1987) and Minister of State for Scotland (1987–1990). He joined the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Scotland from 1990 to 1995, and then President of the Board of Trade (and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry) until 1997. He was closely involved in John Major's re-election campaign as leader of the Conservative Party in July 1995.
Lang lost his seat in the 1997 general election, one of seven Cabinet members to do so (the others being Malcolm Rifkind, Michael Portillo, Michael Forsyth, Roger Freeman, William Waldegrave and Tony Newton).
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As chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, Lang insisted that Tony Blair's paid work for UI Energy Corporation, an oil firm with interests in Iraq, just 14 months after leaving office should be made public following a period when the committee agreed to keep it confidential due to "market sensitivity".
Since 1997, Lang has been a member of the Board of Directors of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Lang has also been a Non-Executive Director of Charlemagne Capital Limited, since 2006 and European Telecom PLC since 1997.
On 30 January 2014 Lang stated that if Scotland voted for independence, it would dishonour the sacrifice of those who died fighting for Great Britain in the First World war.
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- Jason Groves (19 March 2010). "Blair's fight to keep his oil cash secret: Former PM's deals are revealed as his earnings since 2007 reach £20million". Mail Online. Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "Ian Bruce Lang DL, PC". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on 5 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Ben Riley-Smith (30 January 2014). "Scottish independence would dishonour Britain's war dead, Tory peer claims". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Galloway
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
|Secretary of State for Scotland
|President of the Board of Trade