Nigel Lawson, Lord Lawson of Blaby, after a number of years in journalism, became a Conservative MP in 1974. He served in the Thatcher administration between 1979 and 1989. He is a member of the Lords' Select Committee on Economic Affairs, which in 2005 produced a substantial report on the economics of climate change. He is past President of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He lives in London and France.