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Michael Wills

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The Lord Wills
Official portrait, 2019
Minister of State for Justice
In office
29 June 2007 – 6 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byHarriet Harman
Succeeded byThe Lord McNally
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
10 July 2010
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for North Swindon
In office
1 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byJustin Tomlinson
Personal details
Born (1952-05-20) 20 May 1952 (age 72)
London, England
Political partyLabour
SpouseJill Freeman
Alma materClare College, Cambridge

Michael David Wills, Baron Wills PC (born 20 May 1952) is a British politician and life peer who served as Minister of State for Justice from 2007 to 2010. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Swindon North from 1997 to 2010.

Early life


Wills was born in 1952 to Stephen Wills and his wife Elizabeth (née McKeowen). He has a younger sister. He went to the independent Haberdashers' Boys' School in Elstree, Hertfordshire and studied at Clare College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first in History (BA). Following that, he joined the diplomatic service, gaining the highest mark in the entrance exam.

He worked for HM Diplomatic Service from 1976 to 1980. He became a researcher for London Weekend Television from 1980 to 1984, being a colleague of Peter Mandelson. From 1984 to 1997, he was a Director of Juniper Productions.

Political career


He was elected as the MP for Swindon North in 1997 and quickly joined the government, working in various capacities. He eventually left the government to campaign against the Common Agricultural Policy. This campaign appears to have subsided. He was re-elected as an MP in 2001 and 2005. He has worked as an advisor and speechwriter to Gordon Brown. It was announced he would be appointed to the Privy Council in October 2008.

On 14 September 2009, Wills announced his intention to stand down at the 2010 general election.[1] In the 2010 Dissolution Honours, he was awarded a life peerage, which was created on 10 July 2010 with the title Baron Wills, of North Swindon, in the County of Wiltshire.[2]

Voting record


How Michael Wills voted on key issues since 2001:[3]

Personal life


He married Jill Freeman on 19 January 1984 in Westminster. They have three sons and two daughters.

Literary career


Michael Wills published two crime novels under the pen name David McKeowen (using his mother's birth name):

  • Grip (2005) ISBN 0340752335 OCLC 439458105
  • Trapped (2007) ISBN 0340835966 OCLC 271562089



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