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New Forest West (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. Desmond Swayne TD MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 4 Cliff Crescent
Surgery Tel: 01425 629844
MP Since - 1997 Majority - 16,896 Born - 20/08/1956. Married, 1 son & 2 daughters.
Education - Bedford School; St Mary's College, University of St Andrews.
Previous Occupation - Major, Territorial Army (TA); Former School Master, A Level Economics: Charterhouse (1980-81), Wrekin College (1982-87); Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland (1988-96).
Personal Overview - Likely to tend to the right in the Conservative Party and to be sceptical on European matters (against Single Currency). He appears to be cautious on social issues and interested in Defence and Environment (especially protecting the New Forest). He is notable for having served in Iraq in 2003 as an army reservist. Potentially has a promising political future after he has served as the PPS to party Leader David Cameron and was duly moved to the Whips' Office at the 2012 reshuffle.
Political History - Candidate Pontypridd (1987), West Bromwich West (1992). MP New Forest West (1997-). Member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee (1997-2001). Member of the Social Security Select Committee (1999-2001). Member of the Procedure Select Committee (2002-05). Member of the Administration Select Committee (2012-). Opposition Spokesman for Health (2001), Defence (2001-02), Opposition Whip (2002-03). Shadow Minister for International Affairs (2003-04), Northern Ireland (2004). Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt. Hon. Michael Howard as Party Leader (2004-05), to Rt. Hon. David Cameron as Party Leader (2005-12). Member of the Defence Select Committee (2005-06). Government Whip (Senior Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) (2012-).
Characteristics - Seems to tend to the right on Law and Order, and appears sceptical about further European integration, has Educational experience.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4886
Interests: Environment,European Issues,Defence,Law & Order,Education & Training
- Administration Committee (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Methodist Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Tennis Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Mauritius 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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