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The Cotswolds (House of Commons)
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Conservative)
Surgery: Geoffrey holds regular surgeries at various locations in the Cotswolds.
Forthcoming surgeries dates
Saturday 7th September: Moreton in Marsh (Moreton Area Centre)
Saturday 12th October: Wotton-under-Edge (Bradley room, Civic Centre) and Minchinhampton (Box Village Hall)
Saturday 9th November: Cirencester (Bingham House)
Saturday 30th November: Chipping Campden (The Old Police Station)
Surgery Tel: 01452 371630
MP Since - 1992 Majority - 12,864 Born - 23/03/1953, Divorced, 1 son, 1 daughter.
Education - Tonmore School, Upper Deal, Kent, Eton College, Windsor, Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.
Previous Occupation - Investment Surveyor (Jones, Lang Wootton 1975-79), Managing Director of a Farming Business in Norfolk (1979-) and Land Owner. Vice Chairman Charities Properties Association (1993-2002), Small Business Bureau (1995-).
Personal Overview - On the backbenches during the Major Government he was given a posting under Hague, but without public prominence, as it was in the Opposition Whips' Office, was then made a Shadow Minister under Iain Duncan-Smith, maintaining a role under subsequent leaders. His family background is in Norfolk farming, where he runs a large farm in the Gresham Hall estate. He also shares the family interest in politics; since the days of Gladstone and Disraeli he is the seventh member of the family to reach the Commons. Two members even managed to gain the Speaker's chair (Douglas Clifton-Brown 1943-51, Harry Hylton-Foster 1959-65). With such a background his pro-hunting and shooting position is virtually compulsory. Prior to taking the Whips' position and subsequent promotion, he had expressed an ongoing interest in foreign affairs and overseas development, particularly concerning population growth. With a snip over half the constituency votes, and a thoroughly split opposition, he is safely placed to continue the family's Commons record.
Political History - MP (Cirencester & Tewkesbury 1992-97), MP The Cotswolds (1997-). Chairman Conservative Back Bench European Affairs Committee (1992-95), member Environment Select Committee (1992-97), PPS to Douglas Hogg, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1995-97). Former Joint Vice Chairman of the Conservative European Affairs Back Bench Committee. Joint Secretary of the All Party Environment Group. Member Public Accounts Select Committee (1997-99). Member of the Broadcasting Select Committee (2000-01). Opposition Whip (1999-2001). Member of the Administration Select Committee (2001), (2010-11), member of the Selection Committee (2005-10), (2010-), member of the Finance & Services Committee (2005-). Opposition Spokesman for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2001-02), for Local Government & the Regions (Shadow Minister for Local Government) (2002-03), for Local & Devolved Government (2003-04), Opposition Whip (2004-05), Opposition Assistant Chief Whip (2005). Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for Foreign Affairs (2005-07), Opposition Front Bench spokesman for Trade (2007). Shadow Minister for International Development (2007-10).
Characteristics - Parish & Parochial Church member. A farmer who fights for the rights of hunting, fishing and shooting.
Business Tel: 020 7219 5147
Interests: Environment,Agriculture,European Issues,Taxation,Foreign Affairs,General Economy
- Finance & Services Committee (Member)
- Selection Committee (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Game and Wildlife Conservation Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Shooting and Conservation (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade and Investment (Secretary)
- All-Party Parliamentary Wine and Spirit Group (Chairman)
- Afghanistan (Associate Group) (Member)
- British-American Parliamentary Group (Member)
- British-Belize Group (Member)
- Britain-Bermuda Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cuba (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Dominican Republic Group (Member)
- United Kingdom Falkland Islands Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa and Genocide Prevention (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin America Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria (Member)
- British-Spanish Group (Member)
South West (European Parliament)
Earl William of Dartmouth MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 23/09/49. 10th Earl of Dartmouth.
Education - Eton. Christchurch College, Oxford. Harvard Business School.
Previous Occupation - Chartered Accountant, working in the United Arab Emirates (1975-77). Worked in the US for 6 years before returning to work in the UK in 1983 in finance, property and communications. Director, Hanson Transport. Chairman and Founder of Kirklees Cable.
Personal Overview - Former Conservative Peer who defected to the UK Independence party successfully gained election to the European Parliament at the 2009 elections. From a background in accountancy, he has worked in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates and US. A former Hereditary Peer, he lost his seat in the House of Lords in November 1999 in the Lords reforms of that year. Having reinvented himself as a UK Independence member he has the opportunity to use his accountancy skills to highlight any financial issues within the EU.
Political History - General Election candidate (Conservative) for Leigh (February 1974), Stockport South (October 1974). Succeeded his father to became a member of the House of Lords (1997-99). European Parliament candidate (1999). Joined the UK Independence Party (2007). Current prospective parliamentary candidate for Exeter. MEP South West Region (2009-). Member of the Committee on International Trade (2009-). Substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Other Information - At Oxford he was elected Secretary of the Oxford Union.
Intergroups - N/a.
Business Tel: 32(0)2 28 49735
Interests: Business & Finance
- Foreign Affairs (Substitute)
- International Trade (Member)
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