Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

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Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

British politician, public speaker, hereditary peer, and former newspaper editor add

Category: Politics

Born in 1952.

Countries: United Kingdom (38%), Australia (24%), Europe (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Margaret Thatcher, Nigel Farage, House of Lords

Linked to: Churchill College, Cambridge, Bethel University, Cardiff University, Conservative Party




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Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley was born in 1952 add something


Monckton joined the "Yorkshire Post" in 1974 at the age of 22, where he worked as a reporter and leader-writer add something


From 1977 to 1978, he worked at Conservative Central Office as a press officer, becoming the editor of the Roman Catholic newspaper "The Universe" in 1979, managing editor of "The Sunday Telegraph" magazine in 1981 add something


In 1979, Monckton met Alfred Sherman, who co-founded the pro-Conservative think tank the Centre for Policy Studies with Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph in 1974 add something


Formerly a member of the Conservative Party, he served in Conservative Central Office and worked for Margaret Thatcher's Number 10 Policy Unit during the 1980s add something


Ferdinand Mount, the head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and a former CPS director, brought Monckton into the Policy Unit in 1982 add something


He joined the London "Evening Standard" newspaper as a leader-writer in 1982 add something


After a hiatus in his career as a journalist Monckton became assistant editor of the newly established, and now defunct, tabloid newspaper "Today" in 1986 add something


He is a qualified Day Skipper with the Royal Yachting Association, and has been a trustee of the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic since 1986 add something


He left the unit in 1986 to join the "Today" newspaper add something


He was a consulting editor for the "Evening Standard" from 1987 to 1992 and was its chief leader-writer from 1990 to 1992 add something


Monckton appeared on the BBC's "Panorama" programme in February 1987 to discuss his views and present the results of an opinion poll that found public support for his position add something


Conservative Family Campaign - Monckton was a sponsor of the Conservative Family Campaign in the 1990s add something


In 1990, he married Juliet Mary Anne Malherbe Jensen add something


Monckton became known in the 1990s for his invention of the Eternity puzzle, a mathematical puzzle for which he offered a prize of one million pounds to the first person who could solve it within four years add something


In 1994, he sued the Conservative government of John Major for agreeing to contribute to the costs of the Protocol on Social Policy agreed in the 1993 Maastricht Treaty, although the UK had an opt-out from the protocol add something


The case was heard in the Scottish Court of Session in May 1994 add something


In 1995, Monckton and his wife opened Monckton's, a shirt shop in King's Road, Chelsea add something


In 1997, Monckton criticised works at the Fotofeis and Sensation as "feeble-minded, cheap, pitiable, exploitative sensationalism perpetrated by the talent-free and perpetuated by over-funded, useless, muddle-headed, middle-aged, pot-bellied, brewer's-droopy quangoes which a courageous Government would forthwith cease to subsidise with your money and mine add something


In 1999, Monckton created and published the Eternity puzzle, a geometric puzzle that involved tiling a dodecagon with 209 irregularly shaped polygons called polydrafters add something


Monckton stood unsuccessfully in four by-elections for vacant seats created by deaths among the 92 hereditary peers remaining in the Lords after the 1999 reforms add something


Since 2002 Monckton has had several newspaper articles published critical of the IPCC and current scientific consensus on climate change, in addition to more light hearted pieces related to his bowler hat wearing add something


In 2003 he helped a Scottish Tory breakaway group, the Scottish Peoples Alliance add something


In a 2006 article he questioned the appropriateness of using a near-zero discount rate in the Stern Review, which, he wrote, had underestimated the costs of mitigation and overstated its benefits add something


Monckton has been an advocate of Euroscepticism for many years; as he put it in a 2007 interview, he would "leave the European Union, close down 90 per cent of government services and shift power away from the atheistic, humanistic government and into the hands of families and individuals add something


He first stood for a Conservative seat in a March 2007 by-election; of the 43 candidates, 31 received no votes, Monckton included add something


He was highly critical of the way the Lords was reformed, describing the procedure in the March 2007 by-election, with 43 candidates and 47 electors, as "a bizarre constitutional abortion add something


In 2008-9 he was invited on four occasions before Congress to speak on the behalf of Republican representatives add something


Since 2008 he has toured Britain, Ireland, the US, China, Canada, India, Colombia, South Africa and Australia delivering talks to groups related to the subject add something


Between 2009 and 2010 the film maker Rupert Murray followed Monckton on his climate change tour add something


In 2009 he joined the UK Independence Party, where he served as Deputy Leader of the Party under Lord Pearson of Rannoch and subsequently as the Head of the Policy Unit under Nigel Farage add something


Monckton joined the anti-European UK Independence Party in 2009 and became its chief spokesman on climate change add something


At the 2010 general election he was nominated as the UKIP candidate for the Scottish constituency of Perth and North Perthshire; although a hereditary peer, he was entitled to stand for election for the House of Commons as he is not a member of the House of Lords add something


He followed this up with his January 2010 and July 2011 tours of Australia, as well as tours of China and India in December 2011 add something


Ian Plimer - In early 2010, Plimer and Christopher Monckton toured Australia giving lectures on climate change, and Plimer's views came to be associated with Monckton's claim that the international left created the threat of catastrophic global warming


The film was later broadcast on 31 January 2011 on BBC Four titled "Meet the sceptics" add something


In July 2011 the House took the "unprecedented step" of publishing online a cease and desist letter to Monckton from the Clerk of the Parliaments, which concluded, "I am publishing this letter on the parliamentary website so that anybody who wishes to check whether you are a Member of the House of Lords can view this official confirmation that you are not add something


In July and August 2011 Monckton toured Australia and New Zealand, becoming the first climate sceptic to be allowed to address the weekly nationally-televised meeting of the Press Club in Canberra add something


On 6 December, 2012 Monckton took Myanmar's chair at the COP18 Climate Change Conference at Doha and made a short speech attacking the idea of man-made climate change add something


Monckton headed UKIP's policy unit for a while but according to the party's spokesman he had relinquished any formal role by June 2012, moving into a "semi-detached" relationship with UKIP. add something


On 6 December 2012 Monckton took Myanmar's chair at the COP18 Climate Change Conference at Doha and made a short speech attacking the idea of man-made climate change add something


Monckton laid a formal complaint with the university about the three professors, which in April 2013 the university confirmed receipt of, but a spokesperson refused to comment further add something


He subsequently became the party's leader in Scotland but was sacked by UKIP leader Nigel Farage in November 2013 following factional infighting add something


Rise Up Australia Party - The party was launched with the help of Christopher Monckton, with Nalliah to run for a senate seat in 2013


Monckton returned to the subject of homosexuality in a November 2014 article for the WorldNetDaily website describing the campaign of Councillor Rosalie Crestani in the City of Casey, near Melbourne, Australia add something