Michael became Lord Dobbs of Wylye in December 2010 after a long career in and around politics.

'It all began in a pub where I met a complete stranger. I happened to mention to him that I was looking for a job in current affairs. He bought me a drink. A little later I discovered myself working for a rather exceptional lady called Margaret Thatcher…'

Four years later in 1979, on a historic election night, Michael was the first person to be able to tell she had become Prime Minister. He was with her the following day, too, when she took her first step across the threshold of 10 Downing Street.

Eighteen years later, he was with John Major when he got kicked out. In between times, he helped win elections, was bombed in Brighton, and was banned from Chequers after a row with Maggie. 

HE EARNED HIMSELF THE  nickname OF 'Westminster's baby-faced hit man'. PERHAPS THAT WAS WHY David Cameron made him a life peer in 2010.


Click here to view Michael's UK Parliament pages

Click here to read his first impressions of the Lords.