Lord Triesman, David Triesman

Labour principal spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, House of Lords

David Triesman is Labour’s principal spokesperson on Foreign Affairs in the House of Lords. David entered the Lords as a life peer in 2004.

David is an experienced member of parliament and held several ministerial positions in the previous Labour government. He was a government whip (2004-2005) and spoke from the government frontbench on a wide range of subjects including Transport (2004), Education and Skills (2004-2005), Trade and Industry (2004-2005), International Development (2004-2005), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2004-2007) being promoted to parliamentary under-secretary of state for FCO (2005-2007) and Intellectual Property and Quality (2007-2008).

In 2008, David left government to take up the position of national chair of the Football Association, a post he held until 2010. Before coming to the Lords, David was general secretary of the Labour Party (2001-2003) and also served as general secretary of the Association of University Teachers (1993-2001). David has been the chairman and a director in a number of large companies since the mid-1980s and is currently the chairman of the board of advisers of the merchant bank, Templewood, and a member of the board of property developer Augur Buchler.

Outside the House of Lords, he divides his time between his wife and young daughter, and his passion for Tottenham Hotspur.