David Rendel, the Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury from 1993 until 2005, has died at the age of 67.
Rendel was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College at Oxford University before working for Shell. He served as a Newbury District Councillor from 1987 until 1995 and he contested the constituency of Newbury at the 1992 General Election.
Rendel entered the House of Commons in May 1993 following the death of Judith Chaplin, the Conservative MP for Newbury. He won with a majority of over 22,000 and he held the seat until 2005 when he was defeated by the Conservative Richard Benyon. Rendel made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 19 May 1993.
Rendel contested the Liberal Democrat leadership contest in 1999 but came fifth of the five candidates. During him time in the House of Commons Rendel took an interest in social security issues and he was for a time for the party’s spokesman.
Rendel unsuccessfully contested the constituency of Somerton and Frome at the 2015 General Election, a seat which had been held by the Liberal Democrats.
Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said on Twitter following news of his death:
“I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed and selfless individual. I will miss him”.
David Rendel died on 16 May 2016 from cancer.