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David Owen

Dr. David Anthony Llewellyn Owen (born July 2, 1938) is a British politician. In 1981 he was one of the founders of The Social Democratic Party, and was its leader from 1983 to 1987, and of the reformed SDP between 1988 and 1990. He was also the youngest person to hold the post of Foreign Secretary for over forty years.

Owen trained as a doctor before becoming MP for Plymouth in 1966. He became Foreign Secretary in the Labour government of James Callaghan in 1977, becoming a byword for youthful dynamism. He went on to become joint author of the Vance-Owen Peace Plan[?] to settle the conflict in Bosnia in the 1990s. He is now leader of the No Campaign which campaigns against British membership of the Euro, and a life peer (Lord Owen), who sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher[?].



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