Sir Menzies Campbell has been a member of the UK House of Lords since 2015, and from 1987 to 2015 sat as the Member of Parliament for North East Fife. He led the Liberal Democrats from early 2006 until October 2007. Previously Lord Campbell served as Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson between 1992 and 2006 and Deputy Leader of the party between 2003 and 2006.
Lord Campbell has been a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 1990, and headed the United Kingdom delegation to the Assembly from 2010 to 2015. He is currently a member of the Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee and chairs its Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Security and Defence Cooperation.
Lord Campbell received the CBE in 1987, was appointed to the Privy Council in 1999 and was knighted in 2004 for his services to Parliament. He became a Companion of Honour in the 2013 Birthday Honours for public and political service. He has been the Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews since 2006.
Lord Campbell was educated at Glasgow University, where he graduated as a Master of the Arts and Bachelor of Law. He went on to study at Stanford University, California where he carried out post-graduate studies in international law. He was called to the Bar in Scotland in 1968 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984.
Lord Campbell also held the British record for the 100 metre sprint between 1967 and 1974, and captained the Great Britain athletic team in 1965 and 1966 having represented the country at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.