Michael Ancram (Michael Andrew Foster Jude Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian) PC, QC, MP (born 7 July 1945), is a United Kingdom Conservative Party politician. He is MP for Devizes. Ancram was a signatory to the statement of principles of the Henry Jackson Society, the premiere British neoconservative organisation founded in 2005.
However on 21 April 2006 he became one of the first senior Conservative MPs to call for British troops to withdraw from Iraq, saying Iraq was effectively in a state of civil war and 'It is time now for us to get out of Iraq with dignity and honour while we still can.
More recently he has been criticised by neoconservatives such as Dean Godson and David Trimble for supporting negotiations with Hezbollah and Hamas on the model of the Irish peace process.
Ancram received £5,000.00 from Sir Henry Keswick of Jardine Matheson in 2001. His constituency of Devizes has continued to receive money from Keswick.
- ↑ Signatories to the Statement of Principles, Henry Jackson Society, accessed 10 April 2009.
- ↑ BBC Online, Tory MP urges Iraq troop pull-out 21 April 2006
- ↑ Dean Godson, Why Hezbollah should be condemned, The Times, 14 May 2008.
- ↑ Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 25 February 2015