Derek Laud is a child of Thatcher and became a young conservative at the age of 13 years old. He has held a variety of roles within politics and was pictured with Mrs Thatcher at the window of 10 Downing Street shortly after she resigned as Prime Minister. He worked for Prime Minister John Major in his 1990 Campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, working alongside the Rt. Hon. Norman Lamont and the Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP.
He worked at senior level within the Houses of Parliament, including as a Special Adviser to the House of Lords based Rural Economy Group. His political mentor and long term friend the Late Rt. Hon. John BIffen encouraged him to Stand for Parliament. He has ghosted articles and speeches for many leading political figures and worked for the Convenor of the highly influential Think Tank, The No turning Back Group. This group is widely credited with having authored the 1987 General Election Manifesto for Prime Minister Thatcher. The No Turning back Group’s membership was confined to Cabinet Ministers, Ministers and a few Back-bench MPs.
Derek has appeared on numerous politically related TV and Radio shows and continues to this day to be in demand for political comment. However, he is no longer a Member of the Conservative party.