Sir William Cash

Sir William Cash MP was born in London in May 1940 and grew up in Sheffield. After reading History at Oxford University, he qualified as a solicitor and practised constitutional and administrative law.

Sir William has been a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) since 1984. Sir William joined the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee (formerly the Select Committee on European Legislation) in 1985, and has been Chairman of the Committee since 2010. He was Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs from 2001 to 2003.

In addition to constitutional and European affairs, Sir William takes a strong interest in the developing world. He is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Malaysia and the APPG on Water and Sanitation in the Third World, as well as being a member of the APPGs on Kenya and Uganda. In 2014, a piece of legislation introduced by Sir William, the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014, became law. The law requires the UK Government to consider the impact on gender equality when providing international development assistance.

Bill married ‎Bridget Lee in 1965 and they have two sons, one daughter and three grandchildren. He is a keen cricketer and swimmer and enjoys listening to jazz.