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Name: Lance Lawrence “LL” Campbell
Age: 36 (born 12th June 1954)
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White Scottish
Sexuality: Married
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Education: BSc International Business and French, Queen’s University, Belfast
Career: Businessman, author, journalist
Party: Conservative Party
Constituency: Eastwood
Parliamentary Career: Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (1987 - present)



Lance Lawrence Campbell, is a British businessman, author and current Conservative Party Member of Parliament, representing the constituency of Eastwood.


Born in Hong Kong on 12th June 1954, Campbell was born to Richard Campbell, a former soldier and banker working for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and Judith Campbell (nee Fulton), a former teacher and housewife. The eldest of two children, his sister Madeline being born two years after him in 1956, Campbell and his parents lived in the coastal town of Stanley. The Campbells stayed in Hong Kong until 1961, when his father quit his job at the bank to move back to Scotland and start a business. Moving to the small village of Uplawmoor, near Glasgow, his father opened a restaurant nearby in 1963, expanding to a chain of five by 1968. Campbell went to school at the local primary school, before attending Eastwood High School, graduating in 1972. He went on to study International Business and French at Queen’s University, graduating in 1976. During his compulsory international placement in his third year, he worked at the investment bank Paribas, which he returned to in 1977 and spent another five years.


In 1982, Campbell was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Paris, and spent months recovering, at first in hospital in Paris, before returning home to Scotland. During this time, Campbell fell into a deep depression, becoming disillusioned with his choice of career, and in 1983 he gave up on the world of international business for good. During his convalescence, Campbell started writing opinion columns for local newspaper the Eastwood Extra, quickly making an impact on the local scene and gaining a reputation as a humorous and satirical writer. Once recovered fully, he continued to write for the Eastwood Extra, but made plans to travel to Eastern Europe and document his travels, either for the paper or for a standalone book. He ultimately did so in 1984, spending almost a year travelling Eastern European and communist countries, writing a weekly column in the local paper and writing his book as he went. This would ultimately be published in 1986 by HarperCollins as “Beyond the Wall: 1984 - 1985.” This was something of a sleeper hit, eventually hitting the top ten of the Sunday Times Bestsellers list following his election to Parliament in 1987


In Campbell’s columns he rarely touched on politics, but began to weigh in as teaching strikes spread to Eastwood. These strikes deliberately targeted schools in Eastwood as it was the safest Conservative seat in Scotland, attempting to strike at the Thatcher government. Appalled by what he forcefully described as “the weaponisation of our children,” Campbell began to lead a campaign against the strikes. Campbell’s involvement in politics was widely considered to be an inevitable one, with his father serving as chair of the Eastwood Conservative Association. His father’s diagnosis with cancer in 1986 led to his resignation, and Campbell stood to replace him. Despite being ultimately unsuccessful in that attempt, he firmly entrenched himself with the local Tories, and in 1987 threw his hat in the ring to become the Conservative candidate for Eastwood. Concerned about a strong challenge from the SDP, and seeing somewhat of a local hero in Campbell, he was easily nominated by the Tories, and was elected against a swing to Labour. Once elected, he was elected to the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, on which he remains.


Politically, Campbell does not easily sit within any defined faction of the Conservative Party. Whilst remaining mostly loyal to the party line, he has offered limited criticism of what he calls the “regressive establishment of the Tory Party” and has spoken of the Conservative Party’s need to reform and modernise “to keep us relevant in the new Millennium.” Whilst he has stuck to the party line on most issues, he did not give his backing to Section 28, denouncing it’s “wooly wording” and has been a backbench critic of the government on the poll tax. On domestic affairs, Campbell has spoken strongly on crime and justice, saying that “the laws of our nation should be liberal: our response to criminals should not.”  On foreign affairs, he has been vocal in his support for increasing involvement with the nations of the Commonwealth, and has denounced communism, the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and has been an outspoken critic of Robert Mugabe. He is an advocate for further co-operation with Europe, and has advocated for the UK to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism.


Campbell has been married twice. His first marriage, to solicitor Grace Lewis in 1979, lasted three years before the couple separated, divorcing in 1983. During his journey through Yugoslavia, he met Serbian waitress Katarina Stefanovich, who accompanied him on the rest of the tour and would eventually marry him in 1986. The couple have two children. Campbell splits his time between London and Eastwood, but also owns a number of other properties. He enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, and is fluent in French, Italian and Russian.
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