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Harwich and North Essex (House of Commons)
Hon Bernard Jenkin MP (Conservative)
Surgery: Unit C2
East Gores Farm
Surgery Tel: 020 7219 0253
MP Since - 1992 Majority - 11,447 Born - 09/04/1959, Married (2 sons).
Education - Highgate School, William Ellis School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Hons. Degree English Literature), President of the Union Society, Cambridge University (1982).
Previous Occupation - Manager, Ford Motor Co. Ltd and 3i plc, Legal & General Ventures Ltd (1989-92), Adviser, Legal & General Group (1992-95).
Personal Overview - Likely to be a fairly Thatcherite Conservative member, his voting record on the Maastricht Treaty indicates Euro-Scepticism. He is however, more likely to be fairly liberal on social issues. After spending the 1992-97 Parliament on the Backbenches, he was given an opportunity to make his mark as an Opposition Spokesman, achieving a quick promotion to Shadow Cabinet level. A leading member of the Duncan Smith leadership campaign team, after 'his man' became leader, he gained Iain Duncan Smith's former shadow role at Defence. He made some headway against Labour on defence matters and was generally considered as one of the better performers amongst the Shadow Cabinet. The replacement of his political ally Iain Duncan Smith as party leader by Michael Howard was at least a temporary setback to his attaining a top party role. His initial posting as a Conservative Party Deputy Chairman under the David Cameron leadership was not immediately promising for his career prospects. He was removed from his post in the November 2006 reshuffle, after having been responsible for developing the controversial A-List of Conservative candidates, which had aimed to increase the selection of female and ethnic minority candidates in winnable constituencies. In October 2009 he was ordered to repay some of the expenses that he had claimed by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. This was one of the highest repayment totals for any MP (a total of £63,250). This did not however hinder him from becoming a Select Committee Chair early in the 2010 parliament.
Political History - Political Adviser to the Rt. Hon. Sir Leon Brittan QC MP (1986-88), Contested Glasgow Central (1987), Member for Colchester North (1992-97), PPS to the Rt. Hon. Michael Forsyth MP, as Secretary of State for Scotland (1995-97), Member for Essex North (1997-2010), for Harwich and North Essex (2010-). Opposition Spokesman, Constitutional Affairs, Scotland & Wales (1997-98), Department of Environment, Transport & the Regions (Transport) (1998), Shadow Minister for Transport (1998-2001). Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (2001-03), Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions (2003-05). Shadow Minister for Energy (2005). Conservative Party Deputy Chairman (Candidates) (2005-06). Member of the Defence Select Committee (2006-10). Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee (2010-). Member of the Liaison Select Committee (2010-).
Characteristics - Maturing into one of the most capable Conservative politicians, blessed with both sound political judgment and good media skills.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4029
Interests: Environment,Agriculture,European Issues,Defence,General Trade & Industry,Housing,Foreign Affairs,General Economy,Education & Training,Private / Public Ownership,Local Government
- Public Administration Committee (Chairman)
- Liaison Committee (Member)
- Angling Group (Member)
- Autism Group (Member)
- Choir Group (the Parliament Choir) (Vice Chairman)
- Classical Music Group (Member)
- a European Union Referendum Group (Member)
- Extractive Industry Group (Member)
- Gurkha Welfare Group (Member)
- Homeland Security Group (Chairman)
- Infrastructure Group (Member)
- Multiple Sclerosis Group (Member)
- Nuclear Energy Group (Member)
- British Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Group (Member)
- Opera Group (Member)
- Parliament First Group (Member)
- Performers' Alliance Group (Member)
- Sex Equality Group (Chairman)
- United Kingdom Group (Vice Chairman)
- Water and Sanitation in the Third World Group (Member)
- Britain-Bermuda Group (Member)
- Indo-British Group (Member)
- British-Japanese Group (Member)
- Kenya Group (Member)
- Malaysia Group (Member)
- British-Namibia Group (Member)
- British-Syria Group (Member)
- Uganda 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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