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North East Hampshire (House of Commons)
Mr James Arbuthnot MP (Conservative)
Surgery: North East Hampshire
14a Butts Road
Surgery Tel: 01252 627473
MP Since - 1997 Majority - 18,597 Born - 04/08/1952, Married, 1 son, 2 daughters Education - Wellesley House, Broadstairs, Eton, Trinity College, Cambridge (MA).
Previous Occupation - Called to the Bar (1975), Chancery Barrister Lincoln's Inn (1977-92). Lloyd's underwriter.
Personal Overview - Son of former Conservative MP for Dover Sir John Arbuthnot (1950-64) with a legal background, he is an electoral refugee from the now abolished seat of Wanstead and Woodford. Tory gentleman who is likely to have a good knowledge of the inner working of the Conservative party. Labour's third term saw him move from a Shadow Cabinet member to a senior Select Committee Chairman.
Political History - Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, Councillor (1978-87), Deputy Major (1983-84). President of Cynon Valley Conservative Association (1983-92). Member for Wanstead and Woodford (1987-97). Member for North East Hampshire (1997-). Member Joint Committee House of Lords Reform (2002-03). PPS to Archie Hamilton and Peter Lilley (1988-92). Assistant Government Whip (1992-94). Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (1994-95). Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (1995-97). Opposition Chief Whip (1997-2001). Shadow Secretary of State for Trade (non Shadow Cabinet) (2003-05). Chairman of the Defence Select Committee (2005-), member of the Liaison Select Committee (2005-).
Characteristics - Right wing member of the Conservative party with a background in Law and Local Government. Interests in Foreign policy, Defence and Taxation issues. Free marketeer who also supports capital punishment.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4649
Interests: Taxation,Defence,Foreign Affairs,Law & Order,Local Government
- Defence Committee (Chairman)
- Liaison Committee (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Brain Tumours (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Reserve Forces and Cadets (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Scientific Research in Learning and Education (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic and International Security (Member)
South East (European Parliament)
Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)
MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).
Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.
Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-), Substitute member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-).
Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UKs Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.
Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.
Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153
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Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation
- Petitions (Substitute)
- Transport & Tourism (Member)
- International Trade (Member)
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