John Alan Redwood (born 15 June 1951) is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Wokingham in the county of Berkshire. He was formerly Secretary of State for Wales in Prime Minister John Major's Cabinet and was an unsuccessful challenger for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1995. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party's Policy Review Group on Economic Competitiveness. He is employed by N M Rothschild & Sons.
Redwood was born in Dover, Kent, as the only child of William Charles and his wife, Amy Emma Redwood (née Champion). His parents lived in a council house in Canterbury until Redwood was four years old. Redwood was educated locally, attending Kent College, Canterbury, on a scholarship before going up to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a BA in Modern History in 1971. He later studied at St Antony's College, Oxford, taking a DPhil degree in history in 1975 titled, "The fear of atheism in England, from the Restoration to Berkeley's Alciphron".
From 1974 to 1977, he was an investment analyst at Robert Fleming & Co. From 1977 to 1978, he was a Bank Clerk at N M Rothschild & Sons, becoming a Manager in 1978, Assistant Director in 1979 and a Director of the Overseas Division from 1980 to 1983. In 1986, he became Overseas Corporate Finance Director and Head of International (non-UK) Privatisation at the same firm, a position he held until 1987...
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