David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville

David John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville, FRS, HonFREng (born 24th October 1940), is a Jewish businessperson and politician. He is the son of Sir Robert Sainsbury and Lisa van den Bergh and Grandson of John Benjamin Sainsbury who married Mabel Van den Bergh, an heiress from a Dutch Jewish family whose fortune was made in margarine. Sainsbury joined the Labour Party in the 1960s but bankrolled the Social Democratic Party (SDP) between 1981 and 1987. The SDP was wound up in 1990, and Sainsbury changed allegiance back to the Labour Party. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the Chair of Sainsbury’s, the supermarket chain established by his great-grandfather John James Sainsbury in 1869. He was made a life peer in 1997, and currently sits in the House of Lords as a member of the British Labour Party. In April 2006 Sainsbury, faced a probe into a breach of the ministerial code after admitting he had failed to disclose a £2 million loan he had made to the Labour Party and July he became the first government minister to be questioned by police in the “Cash for Peerages” inquiry. He served in the government as the Minister for Science and Innovation from 1998 and 2006, is a major donor to the University of Cambridge and was elected Chancellor of the University in 2011. As a result of this the statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made in July 2013 as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by this University.

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