MPs: James Clappison MP; Patrick O'Flynn MEP;

Hertsmere (House of Commons)

Mr James Clappison MP (Conservative)

Surgery: Surgeries are held at
Hertsmere Civic Offices
Elstree Way

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

Commitee membership
  • 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 Patrick O'Flynn MEP (UKIP)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 19.
Education - School in Cambridge. Cambridge University (Economics). King's College, London.
Previous Occupation - Worked on the Political Desk of the Daily Express (1996). Former Political Editor, Daily Express. Chief Political Commentator, Daily Express (2005-14). UKIP Director of Communications (2014-).

Personal Overview - Entered the European Parliament from first place on the UKIP list at the 2014 elections. Originally from Cambridge, with an 18 year career background working in the Newspaper industry. He has made the move from commenting on the state of the political landscape to actually taking part in politics itself. While at the Daily Express he was involved in taking the Papers' editorial policy to a position of withdrawal from the European Union. He was also one of the first to coin the phrase 'squeezed middle' in British politics, which has since been used by politicians from all sides. He became the UKIP Director of Communications shortly before the European elections in the February of 2014. This was seen as somewhat of a coup for UKIP and bringing with it a great deal of media experience to a party which had previously been seen to sometimes lack a coherent communications strategy, particularly when individual representatives such as Godfrey Bloom went 'off message'. With his media honed skill for identifying resonant issues some commentators have even tipped him as a future party leader.

Political History - MEP Eastern Region (2014-). Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (2014-).

Other Information - N/a.
Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45337


Interests: Media,Newspaper Industry

Commitee membership
  • Economic & Monetary Affairs (Member)


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