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Witney (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. David Cameron MP (Conservative)
Surgery Tel: 020 7219 3475
MP Since - 2001 Majority - 22,740 Born - 09/10/1966, (London), Married (Samantha Sheffield). 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 son deceased.
Education - Eton, Brasenose College, Oxford (PPE). 1st Class Hons in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Previous Occupation - Political Adviser - Conservative Central Office Research Department (1988-92, Head of Political Section 1990-92), Treasury & Home Office Adviser (to Norman Lamont) (1992-94). Head of Corporate Affairs, Carlton Television (1994-2001). Former Board member of Bar operator Urbium.
Personal Overview - Originally viewed as a right-wing Tory MP, who failed to win Stafford on his first electoral outing due to the landslide Labour victory. His efforts there followed on from the town's one-time MP Bill Cash (subsequently for Stone), in fighting a prominent campaign based on opposition to further EU integration and the single currency. Has a strong political grounding as a former Central Office/Whitehall political staffer, and from within his family (his great-great, and great-grandfathers were Tory MPs for Newbury between 1885 and 1922). Prior to his becoming party leader, his political interests apart from Europe still lied within the spectrum of principle right-wing concerns; the economy, and law and order. Gained the portfolio responsibility of Head of Policy Coordination in the 2004 summer reshuffle and was promoted into the Shadow Cabinet in September 2004, once again being promoted in the aftermath of the 2005 election defeat. Elected Conservative Party Leader in December 2005 after winning the membership vote by over a 2-1 margin over his rival David Davis. Has his sights firmly set on moving the Conservatives into the political centre ground. Gained initial success as party leader, turning the party's fortunes around in the opinion polls and making local election gains. Initially saw his party fall back when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, but was credited with making an effective party conference speech in October 2008 which boosted the Conservative's poll ratings and held off an early General Election. Had a personal tragedy in February 2009 when his son who had suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy sadly passed away. Caused some dissent within his party when he ruled out holding a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty following it's ratification. Became Prime Minister some 5 days after the 2010 General Election announcing the first formal coalition Government in British politics for some 70 years, the longevity of which only time will tell.
Political History - Parliamentary Candidate, Stafford (1997), Member for Witney (2001-). Vice Chairman of the All Party Committee on Drugs and the All Party Media Committee. Member of the Executive of the British American All Party Group. Secretary of the Conservative Home Affairs/Constitutional/Culture/Media/Sport Committee (2001-03). Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2001-04), Modernisation Select Committee (2003). Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (2003). Conservative Party Deputy Chairman (2003-04). Opposition Spokesman for Local & Devolved Government Affairs (2004). Head of Policy Coordination (2004-05). Shadow Secretary of State for Education & Skills (2005). Conservative Party Leader (2005-). Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service (2010-).
Characteristics - Member of the Council of the Royal Institute for International Affairs. Patron of the Oxfordshire County History Trust, the Mulberry Bush School, Standlake, St Mary's Church in Witney and the Carterton Educational Trust. Former Board member of Urbium. Has completed three sponsored cycle rides for charity. Member of White's and is distantly related to the Queen. Whilst at University he was Captain of Brasenose College's tennis team and a member of the Bullingdon dining club. He and George Osborne are Godfathers to each other's children. In his early days as Prime Minister his wife gave birth to a daughter 'Florence Rose Endellion' in August 2010 (partly named after a village in North Cornwall close to where his family were on holiday at the time). Alternative web site http://www.davidcameronmp.com
Business Tel: 020 7219 3475
Interests: Business & Finance,European Issues,UK Economy,Law & Order,General Economy
- British-American Parliamentary Group (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
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation
- Petitions (Substitute)
- Transport & Tourism (Member)
- International Trade (Member)
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