George Robertson London, UK

  • Former NATO Secretary General (1999-2004)
  • Former UK Defence Secretary (1997-99)
  • Highly experienced politician with an international profile

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On the future of NATO (2014)
On the future of NATO (2014)
Debating Scottish Independence (2013)
Debating Scottish Independence (2013)

Biography

Baron George Robertson of Port Ellen, KT, GCMG, FRSA, FRSE, PC, is a Labour Party politician and life peer.

He served as the 10th Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) from 1999 to 2004. He has also served as Defence Secretary for the United Kingdom from 1997 to 1999 in the Government of Tony Blair and was Member of Parliament for Hamilton and Hamilton South from 1978-1999.

He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Social Services in 1979. After the 1979 General Election, he was appointed an Opposition Spokesman, first on Scottish Affairs, then on Defence, and on Foreign Affairs from 1982 to 1993. He became Chief Spokesman on Europe in 1983. He served as the principal Opposition Spokesman on Scotland in the Shadow Cabinet from 1993-1997.

George has received a total of 11 honorary doctorates from various universities. Currently he holds directorships of several notable companies in the UK, including the Weir Group, and Cable and Wireless. George is also a Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group, in Washington D.C. providing advice and assistance in marketing and regulatory affairs. He is currently a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

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