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Hertsmere (House of Commons)
Mr James Clappison MP (Conservative)
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Hertsmere Civic Offices
Surgery Tel: 020 7219 4152
MP Since - 1992 Majority - 17,605 Born - 14/09/1956 Married, 1 son, 2 daughters
Education - St Peter's School York, Queen's College Oxford, Central London Polytechnic, Gray's Inn.
Previous Occupation - Barrister (1981-), Lloyd's Underwriter and Farmer.
Personal Overview - Likely to tend towards the Thatcherite right in the Conservative Party. He has legal experience and has also been a farmer. He was promoted in the Major Government, and continued his parliamentary advance under both William Hague and initially under Iain Duncan Smith before deciding to stand down from the front bench in 2002. Somewhat surprisingly, he returned to the Front Bench in 2007 after a five year break, but was not able to translate this into a Government role.
Political History - MP Hertsmere (1992-). Member of the Health Committee (1992-94). Joint Vice Chairman of the Rugby League Group (1999-2001). PPS to Baroness Blatch, (Minister of State, Department of Education (1992-94), Home Office 1994-95),, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Environment (1995-97). Opposition Home Affairs Spokesman (Crime, Immigration & Asylum) (1997-99), Opposition Education & Employment Spokesman (1999-2001). Shadow Minister for Work (2001-02), Treasury (2002). Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2002-10), (2010-), Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (2003-05). European Scrutiny Select Committee (2007-). Member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee (2007-). Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions (2007-10). Member of the International Development Select Committee (2010-11).
Characteristics - Likely to be tough on Law & Order issues.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4152
Interests: Agriculture,Foreign Affairs,General Economy,Education & Training,Health
- European Scrutiny Committee (Member)
- Home Affairs Committee (Member)
- Group against Antisemitism (Member)
- Cancer Group (Vice Chairman)
- Justice for Equitable Life Policy Holders Group (Member)
- a European Union Referendum Group (Member)
- British Jews Group (Member)
- Lighting Group (Member)
- Pro-Bono Work Group (Member)
- Rugby League Group (Vice Chairman)
- Skin Group (Member)
- Water and Sanitation in the Third World Group (Treasurer)
- Greece Group (Member)
- Britain-Israel Group (Member)
Eastern (European Parliament)
Mr Stuart Agnew MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 30/08/49 Married, 3 sons.
Education - Education: Blickling Lodge School. Hordle House School. Gordonstoun School. Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (Agricultural Science) (2 years), gained the MRAC with the McLennan Silver Medal. National Diploma in Agriculture.
Previous Occupation - Worked in a school in India at the age of 18, teaching English for 1 year. Worked in a dairy farm in Buckinghamshire for 1 year. Farm Manager in the UK (3 years), worked in South Africa, had several jobs including working for Prudential. Soil and Water Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture in Rhodesia (1975-76), Rhodesian Army (1975-76). Employed on the family farm (1977-83). Ran the family farming business in Fakenham, Norfolk (1983-).
Personal Overview - Elected to the European Parliament in 2009 from second place on the party list. Experienced farmer who has since 1983 ran his family farm in Norfolk. Has been active within the National Farmers Union in Norfolk for a number of years. He is well travelled, having worked in India, South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Joined UKIP in 1999, dismayed at the way the European Union regulated Farming. Has previously stood as a candidate at both a National and Local level.
Political History - Joined UKIP (1999). Chairman of the Norwich and Norfolk Branch (2003-05), has been a member of the Agricultural Policy Group. Member of the Regional Committee (2004-05). Local Council candidate, North Norfolk District Council (2007). General Election candidate for Mid Norfolk (2001), for North Norfolk (2005) and candidate for Broadland at the next General Election. European Parliamentary candidate for the Eastern Region (2004). MEP Eastern Region (from second on the party list) (2009-). Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (2009-). Substitute member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (2011-). Member of the Fisheries Committee (2012-).
Other Information - Norfolk County Chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) (1998). Norfolk Delegate to HQ Council NFU (2000-). Chairman of Castle Acre Cricket Club. Drove from the UK to India at the age of 18 with friends to work in a School teaching English.
Intergroups - N/a.
Interests: Small Business,Agriculture,Foreign Affairs
- Fisheries (Member)
- Agriculture & Rural Development (Member)
- Constitutional Affairs (Substitute)
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