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Surrey Heath (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP (Conservative)
Surgery: Curzon House
Surgery Tel: 01276 472468
MP Since - 2005 Majority - 17,289 Born - 26/08/1967. Married to Sarah Vine (A Times Newspaper Leaderwriter). 1 Daughter, 1 son.
Education - Oxford University, Lady Margaret Hall College (English).
Previous Occupation - He worked as a journalist for the Times Newspaper (Saturday Editor and Home Editor), a campaigner and been a reporter/broadcaster for the BBC. Has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator.
Personal Overview - As a journalist he has worked for local and national newspapers, radio and TV reporting on diverse issues such as EU corruption in Brussells and the threat to small businesses from red tape. He has campaigned strongly for greater personal freedom, to get tough on crime, for a more dynamic economy, stronger defence and a better deal for hard pressed families. He has worked closely with the widow of Philip Lawrence to fight street crime and its causes and consequently has influenced legislation to ban combat knives. He is also Chairman of Policy Exchange which is a centre-right think tank, whose policy areas include policing, local government and fighting terrorism. Has strongly favoured the modernisation of the Conservative Party and is a friend of party leader David Cameron and duly received the Shadow Housing Portfolio in December 2005. Was promoted into the Shadow Cabinet in June 2007 to shadow the newly created department of Children, Skills and Families which replaced the Department for Education and Skills. Despite some speculation that he would be giving up his post for one of his Liberal Democrat coalition partners he took his renamed education portfolio into Government.
Political History - MP for Surrey Heath (2005-). Member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee (2005-07). Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for Housing (2005-07). Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Skills and Families (2007-10). Secretary of State for Education (2010-).
Characteristics - Is the author of a biography about the former MP Michael Portillo, entitled 'Michael Portillo: The Future of the Right' (1995). Also the author of a study of Edmund Burke's influence on contemporary politicians. Has also published a study of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Has been a panellist on BBC Radio Four's 'The Moral Maze' and has been on the BBC2 Newsnight Review. Enjoys cooking, holidays and reading thrillers.
Business Tel: 0207 219 6804
Interests: European Issues,Defence,Media,Law & Order,General Economy,Health
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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