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2010-04-01 11:05:40 Alex Williams Alex Williams was born in 1975 and was educated at King Edward VI School, Southampton and Nottingham University, where he graduated with an honours degree in mathematics in 1997. He has lived locally for 12 years and currently serves as a councillor on Trafford Council. Alex qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001 and works for a large professional services firm in Manchester. In his spare time, he is a keen hill walker and mountaineer, having climbed over 210 of the Scottish Munros and a number of 4,000 metre Alpine peaks including Mont Blanc. When he is feeling less energetic he enjoys reading, playing snooker and competing in general knowledge quizzes. ==Alex Williams' Experience == Alex has campaigned on many issues since joining the Conservative Party in 1997. He was first elected as a councillor in May 2003 and currently serves as Deputy Leader of the Council. He takes a keen interest in local finance and education matters and has been part of the team that has dramatically improved local public services. Trafford is the safest place to live in Greater Manchester, produces the best education results in the region and has some of the highest resident satisfaction levels - all for the lowest Council tax in the North West. Alex has fought for many years to make Stretford and Urmston an even better place to live. He fought against Labour's proposed congestion charge stealth tax and has helped to drive a number of regeneration projects in the constituency including a new library in Urmston. ==Campaigning for Stretford and Urmston == Alex wants to improve our NHS further and is keen to see more action to tackle hospital infections, greater use of single rooms and single sex wards. He is determined that tough action is taken against criminals. Whilst Stretford and Urmston remains one of the safest places to live in Greater Manchester, more needs to be done to protect victims and the vulnerable. The recent work of the Council and Police to tackle violent gun and knife crime has resulting in a 40% reduction in these serious offences. Alex believes that more now needs to be done to tackle alcohol fuelled crime in our town centres. Every family in Stretford and Urmston is going to be forced to pay out for years thanks to Gordon Brown's mistakes.  Alex is worried that our country faces the biggest overdraft in our peacetime history, and that Labour have already started to hike taxes on Stretford and Urmston's residents to pay for it. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Williams_Alex.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/alex-williams.ashx http://www.electalexwilliams.com Stretford and Urmston alex@electalexwilliams.com None
2010-04-01 11:05:38 Susan Williams Susan Williams was born in Cork, Ireland. She was brought up in the North East of England and educated at La Sagesse High School in Jesmond. She has a degree in Applied Nutrition and before entering politics, she worked for ten years as a nutritionist for a charity specialising in help and support for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis. Susan lives in Hale, Cheshire. She is married to Alex and has three children, Jessica, Edward and Elizabeth. Her interests outside politics include playing squash (for beginners), pool, gardening and reading. She also enjoys hill walking in Scotland when time permits. ==Susan Williams' Experience== Susan Williams became involved in politics in 1997, when legislation was introduced to allow parents to petition for a ballot to end Grammar School education. She led a campaign in Trafford to raise awareness of the implications of this legislation and thus far Grammar Schools remain safe in Trafford. Susan was elected to Trafford Council in 1998 and became deputy leader of the opposition in 2000, the first female Leader of Trafford Conservative group on the Council in August 2002 and the youngest Council Leader on Trafford Council in June 2004, when the Conservatives won by a landslide majority. Trafford remains one of the few Metropolitan authorities in overall Conservative control. Susan now regularly advises other Conservative Groups, in Greater Manchester and beyond, who are either about to take control of Councils or aspire to do so in the next couple of years. She stood for Parliament in 2001 in Wythenshawe and Sale East. Her special interests are education and health. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Williams_Susan.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Williams%20Susan.ashx None Bolton West boltonwestppc@hotmail.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:37 Matthew Williams Matthew was born in 1973 and educated at Monmouth school. He then attended the University of Surrey and studied Business Economics with Computing. He is married to Shazia, who is a commissioner for mental health services, and has 1 son, Harríse. He now divides his time between his family home near Monmouth, and London, where he currently works as Political Advisor to David Tredinnick MP and Manager of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare based at Westminster. Since beginning work in Parliament in 1996 Matthew has focused predominantly on health related issues, and believes that the health of the Nation is perhaps the biggest long-term challenge facing society today. Aside from health, his political interests are law and order, the environment and the economy. His outside interests include many sports, some participatory and others as a spectator, including tennis, which he used to play competitively when living in Oxford, cycling, football and rugby. He also loves walking in the many beautiful areas around the country with Shazia, and the arts. ==Matthew's Experience== Matthew has more than a decade of Parliamentary experience. In addition, he has campaigned around the country in local and national elections since 1997 and has been involved in numerous successful campaigns. He has also supported campaigns in Parliament through his work with the All-Party Group against the EU Food Supplements Directive and other restrictive EU legislation. Matthew says, "Politics for me has always been about people and what they want from their lives. I believe passionately in fairness and in people's rights to be in control of their life and destiny, and that it is the role of politicians to empower people, improve their quality of life, and provide them with the opportunities to achieve their aspirations. "The City Council Elections here demonstrated that the people of Newport are looking for change, and the new Council is beginning to deliver that change. I am campaigning with local people and organisations on the issues that concern you on a day-to-day basis to help bring about improvements to Newport. I am working with our excellent local Conservative councillors and the Assembly Member to ensure that Newport has the public services, transport structure and opportunities that Wales' third largest city should have. My priorities are tackling crime, drugs and antisocial behaviour; building better public services for local people; creating stronger communities and above all giving local people the freedom to live their lives." http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Williams_Matthew.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/matthew-williams.ashx http://www.newportconservatives.co.uk Newport West newportwestppc@live.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:36 David Willetts View David's expense claims (opens in a new window) David is Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills, with special responsibility for family policy, and has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. He has worked at HM Treasury, the Number 10 Policy Unit, and served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government. He has also previously served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities Skills, Shadow Secretary of State for Work Pensions and for Trade Industry. He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a member of the Global Aging Commission and a Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School. ==FAMILY LIFE:== David is married to Sarah Butterfield. She is an artist and has exhibited in London and New York.; They have two children: Imogen and Matthew; ==INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF POLITICS:== David and Sarah are keen walkers on the South Downs and swimmers. David has swum for charity against an Olympic hopeful and raised £1,500 for charity cycling in the Paris to Hayling ride.; http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Willetts_David.aspx None http://www.davidwilletts.org.uk Havant willettsd@parliament.uk Havant
2010-04-01 11:05:31 Bill Wiggin View Bill's expense claims (opens in a new window) Bill lives with his wife Milly near Ledbury. They have two children, Rosie, 3, and Jack, 4 months, both born in Hereford hospital. The Wiggin family have strong roots in Leominster constituency. Bill's father used to farm near Upton on Severn, and Special metals Wiggin Ltd was founded by his great grandfather. Bill’s interests include motorbikes, DIY, diving, shooting, fishing, and farming. He keeps chickens and Hereford cows, and has a great interest in the problems and issues facing those who live and work in the countryside. Prior to being elected MP for Leominster in 2001, Bill Wiggin had worked for Commerzbank as a manager in the Foreign Exchange department. Bill has also been a Governor of Hammersmith and West London Further Education College, and served as an Officer in the Territorial Army with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Yeomanry. ==Bill Wiggin's Experience== Bill fought the Burnley seat at the General Election in 1997, and has also served as Vice Chairman of Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative Association. In April 1999, Bill was selected for Leominster, and was elected MP in 2001. In June 2003, he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for Environment, Food Rural Affairs, and continues to be a Member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, which he joined in 2002. In November 2003 to 2005, Bill was Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. In this position, Bill stood up for the interests of the people of Wales in parliament, holding the government to account on issues affecting Wales. From May 2005 to January 2009, he served as a Shadow Minister for Environment, Food Rural Affairs. In January 2009, he was appointed an Opposition Whip.   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Wiggin_Bill.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Wiggin%20Bill%202.ashx http://www.leominsterconservatives.co.uk North Herefordshire office@nhca.org.uk Leominster
2010-04-01 11:05:29 Stewart Whyte Stewart Whyte is 39 and a history teacher at Aboyne Academy. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen and did his teacher training at Northern College (Hilton Campus), both in Aberdeen North. He was the council candidate for Kittybrewster in 1999 and has stood in every parliamentary election since 2001 including Aberdeen Central which takes in a majority of Aberdeen North. He lived in Aberdeen North for 13 years, first in Old Aberdeen then in Rosemount. He currently lives in Westhill and chaired the Westhill and Elrick Community Council between 2003 and 2009. On his selection Stewart Whyte said: "I am honoured to be fighting Aberdeen North. It is a constituency I know very well and I have a great affinity for the area. The choice at the election is clear, people can have five more years of this weak and divided Labour Government or  they can vote for change and vote for David Cameron and his strong and united Conservative party. Labour have destroyed our country's finances - only David Cameron and the Conservatives offer the vision and direction Britain needs to deal with Labour's debt and get Britain working again.  The Lib Dems and SNP are not going to win the British General Election, voting for them makes it more likely Labour will stay in Government, while locally the LibDems and SNP have shown their incompetence in running Aberdeen Council - the state of our roads are symptomatic of years of failure. I know Aberdeen North, I care about Aberdeen North and I have a track record of experience and delivery. As an MP I will ensure that Aberdeen's needs are at the heart of a David Cameron led Conservative Government."   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whyte_Stewart.aspx None None Aberdeen North None None
2010-04-01 11:05:28 John Whittingdale John was born in 1959. He was educated at Winchester College, and University College, London, where he graduated with a degree in economics. He is married to Ancilla with two children. From 1982 to 1984, John was head of the Political Section in the Conservative Research Department. Between 1984 and 1985 he served as Special Adviser to three consecutive Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry. In 1988, John was appointed Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, a post he held until Margaret Thatcher’s resignation in November 1990. He continued to work as Private Secretary to Baroness Thatcher until the General Election in 1992 and was awarded the OBE in her resignation honours list. He was elected Member of Parliament for Colchester South Maldon in April 1992. From 1993 to 1997, John was a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health. Between 1994 and 1996 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Education and Employment. In May 1997, John was elected Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Maldon Chelmsford East. In June that year he was appointed an Opposition Whip with Front Bench speaking responsibility covering the Treasury and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. He was appointed a Front Bench Treasury Spokesman in 1998 and the following year became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. In September 2001, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Trade Industry, and in July 2002 was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media Sport. In November 2003, he became Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries Food. From September 2004 to May 2005, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media Sport. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whittingdale_John.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/John%20Whittingdale.ashx http://www.johnwhittingdale.org.uk Maldon jwhittingdale.mp@tory.org.uk Maldon and East Chelmsford
2010-04-01 11:05:27 Craig Whittaker Craig was born in 1962 in Bury, Lancashire. He emigrated to Australia at the age of five with his Parents. In 1984 Craig came back to live in England and settled in Yorkshire. Craig lives in Rastrick, Brighouse with his two daughters, Sophie and Bethannie. His Son Lee, attends Manchester University. Craig is a Retail General Manager for a large Blue Chip high street retailer and has been in Retail Management since leaving high school in Australia, after completing his Higher School Certificate. When not working Craig enjoys being fully involved in the local community and he has served as both a Parish Councillor and a school governor. ==Craig Whittaker's Experience== Craig has campaigned for many years on local issues and has experience of being a Parish Councillor. He currently serves as a Borough Councillor representing the Rastrick Ward of Calderdale MB Council. Craig also serves on the Cabinet of Calderdale MB Council as the portfolio holder for Children and Young People’s Services. He is also the Lead Member for Children’s Services. Having lived and worked at both ends of the Calder Valley, Craig understands the diversity and differing issues, which affect the various communities throughout the Calder Valley. He was selected at the end of March 2007 to be the PPC for Calder Valley. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whittaker_Craig.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/craig-whittaker.ashx None Calder Valley craig@whittaker4mp.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:25 Ruth Whitfield Ruth is 32 and a graduate from Edinburgh University with a degree in biomedical sciences.  In her spare time, Ruth has worked with special needs children, the homeless, multiple sclerosis sufferers and cancer care patients.  Her experience of working directly with the public and medical professionals led her to pursue a career in healthcare.  Ruth is currently training to be a NHS podiatrist. Ruth worked for David McLetchie MSP as his constituency PA.  In this role, Ruth worked directly with the public over concerns, such as healthcare and education, and assisted in the running of the Save Our Regiments campaign.  Ruth went on to work for the Scottish Conservative Party centrally, co-ordinating shadow cabinet visits, local government campaigning and dealing directly with the public on manifesto and policy issues.  She then gained financial experience in the tax department of KPMG by completing client tax returns and capital gains portfolios. Ruth has been on the committee for Edinburgh Conservative Future for several years and has helped with numerous elections.   Ruth was a former Scottish schools champion at rowing, and has a love for all watersports.  She also enjoys singing, musical theatre and improving her game of golf.  http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whitfield_Ruth.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Scotland/ruth-whitfield.ashx None Airdrie and Shotts None None
2010-04-01 11:05:24 Christopher Whiteside Chris Whiteside lives in Copeland with his wife and young family and works in the constituency as a manager in the telecommunications industry. He is also a local councillor in the constituency, representing Bransty ward in Whitehaven. His children attend a local state school and his family uses Cumbria's NHS and local roads. ==Christopher Whiteside's Experience== Chris has a track record of active involvement in public services. He has more than twenty years experience as a councillor (nineteen as a city or borough councillor and four as a parish councillor), including three years as a council executive member. Chris has also served as a Health Authority member.   His interest in education includes many years as a school governor, and he has also served on the Finance Committee, Council, and Court of Bristol University. Chris contested the previous Copeland constituency, on different boundaries in the 2005 general election.   ==Christopher Whiteside's Interests== Chris is committed to fighting to preserve NHS services in the constituency, including all the hospitals serving the area particularly the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, Millom Community, and the Mary Hewetson Cottage Hospital in Keswick Chris wants to see nuclear new build in the constituency, preferably at Sellafield. He also wants to see this combined with a proper, phased programme to improve local infrastructure which meets the needs of both the community and the new development. Chris has had an active interest in education for nearly thirty years and is very interested in improving the quality and range of educational facilities on offer to upskill the area and provide young people with more opportunities to start their lives. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whiteside_Chris.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Whiteside%20Chris.ashx http://www.chris4copeland.blogspot.com Copeland chris4copeland@btinternet.com None
2010-04-01 11:05:23 Jackie Whiteley Jackie is a passionate, committed life-long Conservative and her life and experience is a true reflection of her beliefs. She pledges to bring her track record of success in both business and achievement and her political philosophy to Rotherham. Yorkshire has been Jackie's home since 1982. She is committed to the region and brought up her son and daughter in Leeds. For much of that time Jackie worked in education as a Careers Adviser for Leeds City Council and then at Leeds University where she advised students, taught careers development and marketed the University to 'blue chip' companies. Jackie launched Strulch Limited in 2004 with her husband Geoff, an academic and scientist. The company markets environmentally friendly horticultural products. Jackie is also an external examiner for Enterprise Courses at Bradford University. Jackie's own qualifications were achieved part time whilst she was working. She has a degree in History and Politics, a Diploma in Careers Guidance and subsequently took the Common Professional Examination in Law and The Diploma in Legal Practice. Jackie is the current YORKSHIRE WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT, a prestigious award, which recognises woman from the county who have succeeded against odds and deserve recognition. ==Jackie's Experience== Jackie is new to the direct political process and is very proud to be representing Rotherham for the Conservatives. She believes that her experience of the world outside politics gives her a broad understanding of the issues faced by Rotherham, the country and Jackie has clear empathy with the individuals she hopes to serve. Her philosophy is clear: to represent the people of Rotherham and give them choice. The choice which the Conservatives are offering the country at the next General Election. Her life experience and understanding of the issues we face, part of a family, part of society, many of us struggling in the current economic climate, fighting for jobs and battling for better opportunities- Jackie is passionate about making sure Rotherham has all those issues addressed by the Conservatives. ==Campaigning in Rotherham== At a time when the gap between rich and poor is growing and social mobility is decreasing Jackie wants to see these negative trends turned around. She believes one way this can achieved is by directing resources to where they will have the biggest impact, targeting particularly on opportunities and facilities for young people. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whiteley_Jackie.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/jackie-whiteley2.ashx None Rotherham None None
2010-04-01 11:05:21 Chris White Chris lives in Warwick and now works locally in public relations, having previously worked at Longbridge for MG Rover. He stood for Warwick and Leamington at the 2005 General Election, narrowly missing out on a seat at Westminster by just 266 votes. Chris was re-selected as Warwick and Leamington’s Parliamentary Candidate in February 2007 and was elected to Warwick District Council the following May. He is actively involved in the local community, serving as a Governor of Myton School and as a Trustee of both Victim Support and the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs. Chris says: “Our local area has a lot to be proud of, and I will be working hard to make Warwick and Leamington an even better place to live and work. I want to help to improve everyone’s quality of life – through campaigning for better and more local public services, an NHS run for patients not politicians, and a cleaner, greener environment. I want a fairer deal for our older people, better opportunities for our children and more police to help keep our streets safe. Warwick and Leamington is a wonderful place to live – but it could be so much better.” http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/White_Chris.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/chris-white.ashx http://www.chriswhiteforchange.com Warwick and Leamington chrismfwhite@gmail.com None
2010-04-01 11:05:19 Heather Wheeler Heather was born in 1959. She moved to the Midlands in 1986 on her marriage to Bob and they have a daughter aged 22. She is qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. For 10 years she had a successful career in the City of London specialising in Professional Indemnity insurance, particularly for Chartered Surveyors. She is Leader of the Conservative run South Derbyshire District Council and lives in Bretby. Outside of politics she has wide-ranging interests, foremost her family, watching sport, DIY and listening to the Archers. ==Heather's Experience== In 1982 she was elected onto Wandsworth Council at the age of 22 and to South Derbyshire District Council in 1995. Heather has been Leader of the Conservative Councillors since 2002. In May 2007 Conservatives took control of the Council for the first time in its 34 year history and she is now Leader of the Council. In 2001 and 2005 she fought vigorous general election campaigns in Coventry South increasing the Conservative share of the vote. At an "Open Primary" in November 2006 members of the public as well as Party members voted for Heather to be the Parliamentary Candidate for South Derbyshire. She said "South Derbyshire matters to me. My family and I have lived here for  over 20 years. I want to see South Derbyshire as a beautiful place to live, work and enjoy life. It must become a safe place to live, a place where you can get a good education, where there is access to good NHS services and where there are interesting things for the young and the elderly to do and where you can get a good job. "Over the last 13 years Labour has let down our towns and villages. Only a strong voice for South Derbyshire will restore our services and protect us." She has 13 years experience in Urban Regeneration Projects. Her special political interests include introducing measures to combat economic and environmental urban decay: she has been at the forefront of schemes to limit anti-social behaviour, especially amongst young people and was instrumental in the opening of a Domestic Abuse Refuge in the East Midlands. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Wheeler_Heather.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/heather-wheeler.ashx http://www.heatherwheeler.org.uk South Derbyshire heather@heatherwheeler.org.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:18 Helen Whately Helen Whately is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton. Helen grew up in Surrey and lives in Kingston. Growing up in a family of doctors established the principle for Helen that you should spend your life doing something which will help others, and a determination to improve the NHS. Helen has established her career outside politics before standing for parliament. After graduation she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers. She left PwC to spend five years working for AOL, before joining a global consultancy firm to pursue her aspiration to work in healthcare. She works with the NHS as well as with international healthcare organisations, gaining experience which will be valuable as an MP.  As well as her commitment to healthcare, Helen has developed her experience in Education. In 2005 she became a school governor and she has done voluntary work teaching public speaking in schools across London (building on skills gained teaching English for a year in Nepal). Helen is married with a son, born in Kingston Hospital in August 2008. With work and the campaign in Kingston demanding most of her time, any spare time is spent with her family and friends. ==Campaigning in Kingston and Surbiton== Helen was selected as the Parliamentary Candidate in a public meeting in 2007. Since then, Helen has been working hard to make a difference. Campaigns on Primary School Places, Kingston Hospital, Anti-Social Behaviour, Mental Health Services and Parking Charges in Local Parks are just some of the areas where she has been supporting residents and making an impact. For more information on her campaigns please go to her website . Helen is determined to make sure Kingston Surbiton is no longer overlooked by Government after this election, but instead gets the representation and attention it deserves. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Whately_Helen.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/helen-whately.ashx http://www.helenwhately.co.uk Kingston and Surbiton helen.whately@kingstonconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:05:17 James Wharton James works for a North East region law firm, having graduated in Law from Durham University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. Before Durham he attended Yarm School, where he was involved with the school's debating society. During his time at Yarm School he was also an active member of the Army Cadets, which included taking part in the remembrance service parade that takes place in Yarm High Street each November, and which he still regularly attends. He carried his interest in the military through to his time at University and was actively involved in the Officers Training Corps, further fuelling his interest in defence and defence related issues. Between autumn 2002 and early 2007 James was Chairman of the Stockton Conservative Party and during that time he was involved with a number of local issues, ranging from Dental Privatisations in Fairfield to recycling across the Borough and traffic and licensing issues in Yarm and Eaglescliffe. Politically he believes in the freedom of individuals and the need for sensible and controlled government. He believes that our public services must be properly funded and efficiently run and is he proud of our nation, its history and its diversity. In the 2005 local elections James stood as the Conservative Candidate in Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree Ward in Stockton, as well as working to support Conservative Candidates across the Borough and playing a key role in the Campaign Team of James Gaddas, the 2005 Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South. He hopes to use this experience of local politics to campaign for a better deal for all residents in Stockton South. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Wharton_James.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Wharton%20James.ashx http://www.jameswharton.co.uk Stockton South james@jameswharton.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:15 Michael Weatherley Mike first moved to Brighton Hove in 1975 and his first mention in the local paper was in 1979 after scoring a hat-trick one Saturday for a local pub football team. The eclectic mix of culture and the wide range of activities is a huge attraction. Mike wants to make Hove and Portslade a safer and greener place to live and work. Mike is no stranger to the political campaign trail. He stood in the London Borough of Barking in 2001 against Margaret Hodge, achieving a 5.1% swing from Labour to Conservatives. He was then Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion in 2005, achieving a swing of 6% and his second ‘top 30’ result. The Green Party targeted Pavilion heavily and Mike’s energetic campaign ensured they stayed in third place. In 2006 Mike stood as a Borough Council candidate in Crawley in the Furnace Green ward and handsomely beat Big Brother housemate Eugene Sully. A result Labour is still coming to terms with - Crawley turning Conservative for the first time in 35 years. However, once selected as Parliamentary Candidate in Hove Portslade Mike’s energy focused on becoming the constituencies next MP and he stood down from Crawley Council in 2007. Mike's main passion outside work and politics is rock music and he goes as often as possible to the watch bands perform live in local venues. His other hobbies include football (former qualified football referee), skiing (former instructor), motorbikes and Brazilian politics / culture. He also ran the 1998 London Marathon for Round Table Children's wish charity. His recent employment has included working in the music industry and co-owner of South Coast manufacturing company Cash Bases until 2000. Cash Bases won two Queen's Awards and Sussex Company of the Year during this time. He is currently Vice President (Europe) for a World Wide Film Licensing company. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Weatherley_Michael.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Weatherley%20Mike.ashx http://www.mikeweatherley.org.uk Hove mike@mikeweatherley.org.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:13 Angela Watkinson View Angela's expense claims (opens in a new window) Angela lives in Upminster. She attended Wanstead county high school and Anglia University where she read public administration as a mature student. She is married to Roy, a retired Metropolitan Police Officer. Angela has 1 son and 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Her first career was in banking. She took a family career break and then worked at a special school for physically handicapped children where she also ran riding for the disabled group. For 12 years she was a local government officer. Angela enjoys family life, crosswords, reading, especially murder mysteries and Dickens, dining with friends, the English countryside, stately homes and gardens. ==Angela Watkinson's Experience== Angela has previously been a councillor for the London Borough of Havering and for Essex County Council. She is a School Governor at Gaynes and Sacred Heart of Mary secondary schools, a former governor of Hilldene and James Oglethorpe primary schools. She also has been Chairman of the Emerson Park Branch of Upminster Conservative Association. In July 2002, she was appointed an Opposition Whip. In March 2004, she became a Shadow Minister for Education. In May 2005, she was appointed a Shadow Minister for Local Government Affairs Communities. Since December 2005, she has served as an Opposition Whip. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Watkinson_Angela.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Watkinson%20Angela%202.ashx http://www.angelawatkinsonmp.com Hornchurch and Upminster watkinsona@parliament.uk Upminster
2010-04-01 11:05:12 Nigel Waterson View Nigel's expense claims (opens in a new window) Nigel was first elected as Member of Parliament for Eastbourne, Willingdon and East Dean in 1992. His family home is in Wannock in the constituency. He is married to Barbara, who works in the NHS. They have two teenage children, Louise and Stephen. Nigel attended grammar school and then Queen’s College Oxford.  He is qualified as a solicitor, and finds this very useful in helping constituents with their problems.  He holds regular Advice Surgeries and deals with hundreds of letters and emails every week. Nigel is Shadow Pensions Minister and Shadow Minister for Older People.  He has been Chairman of the All Party Group for Older People for many years.  He is also an officer of the British-Cyprus Group. To relax, Nigel likes to walk on the Downs, listen to music, work in the garden and support Eastbourne Borough FC.  He is Patron of a number of local charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Link Centre for Deafened People.  He is also Vice-President of Age Concern Eastbourne.   Nigel started the “Save the DGH” campaign alongside Liz Walke and others. He also fought to keep local post offices open. He is campaigning for better road and rail links, especially the A27. Recently, he has been backing local residents opposed to Labour and Liberal Democrat plans to build 4,800 extra homes in the area.   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Waterson_Nigel.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Waterson%20Nigel.ashx http://www.eastbourneconservatives.com Eastbourne membership@eastbourneconservatives.com Eastbourne
2010-04-01 11:05:11 Nerissa Warner-O'Neill Nerissa was selected as the PPC for Preston in November 2008.  Since then Nerissa has become an established figure in Preston and an effective and vocal campaigner on key local issues such as the National Football Museum.  Nerissa firmly believes that, to be effective, an MP must understand the issues of greatest concern to their community.  Nerissa has dedicated much of her time to going door to door to speak with as many people as possible.  Nerissa has also met with a large number of local charities, voluntary groups and businesses to see how she could best represent them.  Labour have taken Preston for granted- most  of the people Nerissa has spoken to have told her that she is the first person to ask their opinion and many turn to her for assistance in preference to Labour as they know Nerissa will get the job done.  One of Nerissa's key pledges is to provide weekly surgeries both by appointment and on a drop in basis so that the people of Preston will have an MP they can see when they need to something they cannot do at the moment. You can find details of her activities on her website www.nerissawarneroneill.co.uk .  If you would like to speak with Nerissa about any issue do not hesitate to get in touch and she will arrange a meeting. Of her political views Nerissa says "As a traditional Conservative I believe that members of society have basic entitlements and responsibilities. They are entitled to expect the money they pay in taxation to provide a good education, clean hospitals, a safe environment in which to live and raise their families and a safety net for those who are disadvantaged and need help out of poverty. "I believe that those who defend our nation are entitled to a good wage, decent living quarters and the best equipment. Our highly trained professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers and the police are entitled to use their discretion without being bound by the fetters of excessive bureaucracy.  People should be entitled to save for their children's future and to expect prudence and accountability from their elected representatives. In return they are responsible for finding appropriate work wherever possible, for bringing their children up as responsible members of the community and for abiding by the laws of society. "I believe firmly in the Union and the sovereignty of Parliament. I love Britain because, despite all the negative spin we see and read in the media today I firmly believe we live in a wonderful country with unparalleled morals and ideals.  The people of our country are, for the greater part,  true, loyal, innovative, hardworking and often self sacrificing and I can think of no better or prouder heritage to pass on to my children." Following her law degree from the University of Durham and successful completion of her training contract, Nerissa worked as a commercial litigator for a large international law firm in the City of London.  This gave her the opportunity to hone her analytical skills and gain an ability to assimilate and analyse information very quickly.  Nerissa suspended her legal career in 2006 to raise her young family, however, since then she has trained as both a commercial and a community mediator.  She offers mediation services through, Hoptoad Enterprises Ltd and volunteers with a community mediation provider.  Nerissa currently serves as a local councillor in Waverley but will stand down if elected to Parliament. Nerissa was born in the Hague in 1977 to an Irish family.  She met her husband Jonathan, a school teacher, at university and they have two children Wayland (born October 2006) and Nimue (born September 2008).  Nerissa has lived around the world (in The Netherlands, Norway, Nigeria, Turkey and Venezuela) and can speak (although not as well as she would wish) Dutch, German, Spanish and French.   She is now settled in Preston.   When not working Nerissa enjoys spending time with her family and going for long walks with the dog, she would love more opportunities to indulge her passion for diving the British coastline.  Nerissa enjoys relaxing with some knitting or needlework. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Warner-ONeill_Nerissa.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/nerissa-warner.ashx http://www.nerissawarneroneill.co.uk Preston nerissawarneroneill@yahoo.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:09 Robert Walter Bob Walter was born in 1948 and educated at the Warminster School and University of Aston in Birmingham (BSc 1971). He was married for 25 years until the death of his wife, Sally in 1995. He has three children: Elizabeth, Charles, and Alexander. Before entering Parliament in 1997 Bob was an international banker and farmer. He is a former member of the London Stock Exchange and was a Director of Aubrey G Lanston Co Inc. ==Robert Walter's Experience== Bob Walter has served as Chairman of the Defence Committee of the European Security and Defence Assembly, established under the Treaty of the Western European Union. He has been a member of the Assembly since 2001 and is also President of the largest political group, the Federated Group of Christian Democrats and European Democrats. He has also served as one of the UK members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he is Chairman of the Media Committee. Since 1997 he has been a member of the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body, and now serves as chairman of its European Affairs Committee. At Westminster Bob has served as a member of the Health Select Committee (1997 to 1999), International Development Committee (2001-1003) and the Treasury Committee (2003-2005). He was a member of the Conservative 1922 Committee from 2002 to 2005, and had previously served as Vice Chairman of the Backbench Agriculture Committee (1997-1999) and Secretary of the European Affairs Committee (1997-2001) From June 1999 to September 2001, he was Conservative Frontbench Spokesman for Constitutional Affairs and for Wales He has been a leading member of several all party Parliamentary groups including Vice Chairman of the Human Rights Group and the Prison Health Group. Bob is Treasurer of the British Japan, British Caribbean and the Parliamentary Rugby Union groups. He is also Vice Commodore of the House of Commons Yacht Club. In February 2000, he introduced the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill, which failed to make progress. In 2004 he introduced the Restricted Byways Bill, the provisions of which have now been adopted by the Government. His latest Bill introduced in 2006, the House of Commons (Participation) Bill proposes to limit the consideration of English business in the House to English MPs Bob’s political career began as Chairman of the Aston University Conservative Association (1967-1969) and Chairman of Westbury Constituency Young Conservatives 1973 until 1976. He was Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Bedwellty in 1979. Before entering Parliament, Bob has served as Chairman of the Conservative Foreign Affairs Forum (1986-1988) and Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe (1992-1995). He has been a member of the Conservative Party’s National Union Executive Committee (1992-1995) and has served as a member of the Carlton Club Political Committee. He was Chairman of the Governors of Tachbrook School from 1980 to 1999. He is a Freeman of the City of London (1993) and the Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers (1983). http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Walter_Robert.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Walter%20Robert.ashx http://www.electbobwalter.com North Dorset info@electbobwalter.com North Dorset
2010-04-01 11:05:08 John Walsh John has run his own successful award-winning film and television production company called Walsh Bros Ltd. Since the mid nineties he has made television series on a variety of subjects for all of the main broadcasters around issues of vulnerably and social inclusion. Running his own production company and the substantial compliance paperwork, contracts, schedules and budgets that go with that job certainly makes him well equipped in dealing with running his own office both in Parliament and in the constituency. ==Campaigning in Middlesbrough== John is aware that Middlesbrough has been labelled as "the worst place to live in Britain" with levels of robbery and burglary that are more than twice the UK average and with some of the highest rates of youth unemployment. That said John Walsh believes that there is a positive approach to take as the candidate. The incumbent MP is out of touch with issues around youth expectations. This is clear in interviews he has given and the stranglehold hold Labour seems to have on the surrounding area. Sir Stuart's handling of the expenses issue says much about his approach which is out of step with public opinion. Most social dysfunction can be laid at the door of self esteem.  Working with vulnerable people and trying to find solutions to their problems is the best way to tackle the problems in Middlesbrough around drug abuse and related crimes of robbery, burglary, sexual assault and violent crimes. This does not mean a series of initiatives or draconian legal restraints, but a plan of inclusiveness and compassion around people's problems and expectations. This is not a softly-softly approach which yields little results. This is a way of making the people with problems part of the solution. John's work with Business In The Community and The Prince of Wales has shown him that there are simple cost effective projects at a local level that can involve everyone. For example, in Middlesbrough John wants to expand on the project for planting of vegetables in public spaces. This is an innovative scheme which could engage on a national platform. When John works with an angry teenager, he also work with their family to ensure there is a support network in place. John is not promising a quick fix solution, but an alternative that he used successfully in other urban centres, not just London. If challenging perceptions around Middlesbrough's people and places is important, then a candidate with fresh-eyes can be an active part of that task. John Walsh is new to the area, its people and the issues which dominate daily life. But he strongly believes that an outsider's view and experiences can benefit the people of Middlesbrough. John has run my own business and recognise the struggles of coping in a challenging economy. Support John on Facebook and Twitter . http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Walsh_John.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/john-walsh.ashx http://www.johnwalsh4mp.com Middlesbrough john@walshbros.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:06 Ben Wallace View Ben's expense claims (opens in a new window) Ben and his wife Liza live in north Lancashire with their three young children. Before entering Parliament, Ben served for 8 years in the Scots Guards seeing service in many locations including Northern Ireland, Central America and Germany. At 21 on his first operational tour, Ben was mentioned in despatches. When time permits, Ben and Liza enjoy racing, walking and skiing. ==Ben Wallace's Experience== Ben was elected as a Member of Parliament for Lancaster Wyre in May 2005.  Since that time, Ben has put forward a range of parliamentary questions on the issues and concerns that matter to people in Lancaster Wyre. In July 2007, Ben was appointed as a Shadow Minister for Scotland. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Wallace_Ben.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Wallace%20Ben%202.ashx http://www.benwallacemp.com Wyre and Preston North benwallace.wpn@hotmail.com Lancaster and Wyre
2010-04-01 11:05:05 Charles Walker Charles is married to Fiona and they have three young children, Charlotte, Alistair and James. Prior to being elected to Parliament, he worked in the IT sector having held a variety of communication and marketing positions with both private and listed companies. Charles’s hobbies include fishing and watching cricket. He also has two small Jack Russell terriers, Islay and Wimble, who have stamped their character on the family. ==Charles Walker's Experience== Charles has been interested in politics all his life delivering his first leaflets at the age of six during the February 1974 General Election. On graduating from the University of Oregon in the USA he returned to England and became involved in local politics. From 1992 to 2004 he held a number of Association positions and was elected to Wandsworth Council in 2002. Prior to this he was the Parliamentary Candidate in Ealing North in the 2001 General Election. He was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005. Professionally, Charles has pursued a career in marketing and communications and has held senior positions within a number of people focused businesses. He is a former main Board Director of the staffing firm Blue Arrow, which places upwards of 20,000 people into work each day. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Walker_Charles.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Members%20of%20Parliament/charles-walker.ashx http://www.charleswalker.org Broxbourne charles@charleswalker.org Broxbourne
2010-04-01 11:05:04 Robin Walker Robin Walker was selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester in 2006. Born in 1978, he grew up in Worcestershire, and has been involved in local politics from an early age as his father Peter served the City as its MP from 1961 to 1992. After gaining a scholarship in Ancient and Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford, he set up his own business on leaving university. More recently he has pursued a successful career in business, advising the Chief Executives and Finance Directors of some of the country's leading industrial companies on their communications with the press and the financial community. He has campaigned in three elections already, working for Worcester man and then Secretary of State for Health, Stephen Dorrell in 1997, for Richard Adams, the Conservative Candidate for Worcester in 2001 and as press officer for Oliver Letwin, then Shadow Chancellor, in 2005. Robin lives in the centre of Worcester, in a flat on Sansome Walk and is a regular supporter of both the Worcester Warriors and the Worcestershire County Cricket Club. When he was selected as prospective MP for Worcester, Robin said "you have made me the happiest man in Worcester, this is the greatest privilege and the greatest responsibility that I can imagine. To have this chance to fight and win for a city I love has already realised one of my lifetime ambitions.” Robin has based his campaign on local services, saying, "For years Labour hasn't been listening to what people in this city want, they are failing to deliver on health, on education, on law and order and on housing and they are losing touch with the country." “Worcester needs a fairer deal on education funding and an end to unnecessary cuts in our local services, we want to have our own post offices, fire and ambulance control centres and we need to stop Labour’s regionalising agenda. We want to have our own say on plans for new homes and not simply to have swathes of new building imposed upon us.” “I will campaign to get Worcester a better deal, to defend local services and to make sure that more people in this city get a chance to own their own home, have access to the best education for their children, good healthcare and safe streets. I will always put the interests of Worcester first.” http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Walker_Robin.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Walker%20Robin.ashx http://www.worcesterconservatives.com Worcester ask@worcesterconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:05:03 Susan Wade Weeks Susan's family connections to York and Yorkshire go back a very long way, to 1066 and beyond. Her great-grandfather Sir Armigel Waad, 'The English Columbus', was born in Kilnsey, Yorkshire and rose through Parliament to the Privy Council of Queen Elizabeth I. Susan was recruited into the Conservative Party by David Cameron in 2005 as part of his drive to encourage more women with a wider experience of life outside politics to come forward to represent both the Party and electorate in Parliament. She was educated at St Andrew's University, Université de Lille and Cheltenham Ladies College and has made a successful career in advertising both as Creative Director in her own business, Wade Weeks Wong and as a freelance copywriter. She has also worked extensively in the film industry. Most importantly, she is the mother of three, namely Honeysuckle, Perdita and Rollo Weeks, all of whom are now professional actors. As a district councillor, Susan proved to be a fearsome and effective campaigner and, in only a matter of weeks, achieved a number of local improvements, campaigning to support village shops, save local post offices and retain local accident and emergency services, as well as facilitating and funding the introduction of broadband internet access. She now lives in the City of York as the Conservative Party's parliamentary candidate for York Central Susan has long been a passionate advocate for green issues. More controversially, she marched against the war in Iraq. As a practising Christian, this was an informed stance, with her father and brothers seeing active military service. Amongst her many interests and activities, Susan is a keen volunteer and often involves herself with community and charity work. She is an able linguist and, when not campaigning, enjoys painting, fashion, interiors, history of art and riding. 'Appealing and charismatic', Susan has been described as 'a formidable female force for change' and will be campaigning on the Conservative Party's refreshing agenda for wide-ranging state reform: slashing bureaucracy and waste; ; bringing rigour and discipline back to our schools; ; restoring the performance and reputation of the NHS; ; encouraging a renewed social responsibility; ; supporting and enhancing the voluntary sector; ; protecting and conserving the environment; ; safeguarding the freedoms won for us by previous generations. ; http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Wade_Weeks_Susan.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Weeks%20Susan.ashx http://www.susanwadeweeks.co.uk York Central susan@susanwadeweeks.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:05:01 Theresa Villiers View Theresa's expense claims (opens in a new window) Theresa cares passionately about improving our transport system. A self-confessed workaholic, she has immersed herself in the transport brief with enthusiasm. She grew up in St John’s Wood before going on to university in Bristol, where she achieved a first in law, and then Oxford, where she attained a BCL. A former barrister, she was a lecturer at King’s College London when the London Conservatives chose her to top the list of their candidates for the European Election in 1999. Representing the capital for 6 years as a euro-sceptic MEP, throughout her time in Brussels, Theresa was a determined opponent of Britain’s entry into the Euro, the European Constitution and other attempts to expand the powers of the EU. In 2005, Theresa was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Chipping Barnet. She lives in Arkley in her constituency and works hard on local campaigns such as protecting the Green Belt and fighting for more police on the street in Barnet. She also campaigned strongly against the Government’s plans to close several local Post Offices and the A Department of Chase Farm hospital. In December 2005, after just 7 months in parliament, David Cameron appointed Theresa to his Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. As well as working with George Osborne on Conservative economic policy, Theresa led the Opposition scrutiny of the Finance Bills in 2006 and 2007 – this process is a notoriously complex and difficult task but Theresa was able to gain vital concessions from the Government which have saved British taxpayers millions of pounds. At David Cameron’s first reshuffle in July 2007, she gained further promotion and was given her own portfolio – transport. Theresa spends much of her time travelling round the country by public transport to meet people to discuss their concerns, helping her to identify the numerous different ways in which transport in Britain could be improved for the benefit of families, commuters and businesses. ==POSITIONS HELD:== MEP for London, 1999 - 2005; Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, 2001 - 2002; MP for Chipping Barnet, May 2005 -; Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Dec 2005 - July 2007; Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, July 2007 -; ==PROUDEST POLITICAL ACHIEVEMENT:== Shaping the Conservative Party's views on Heathrow expansion and bringing it within the coalition opposing a third runway. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Villiers_Theresa.aspx None http://www.theresavilliers.co.uk Chipping Barnet theresa@theresavilliers.co.uk Chipping Barnet
2010-04-01 11:05:00 Martin Vickers Martin was born in Cleethorpes, educated locally and has always lived in Cleethorpes or Grimsby. In 2004, after six years study as a part-time mature student, he graduated from Lincoln University with an Honours degree in Politics. He is married to Ann, they have one daughter. He has worked in the printing industry and the retail trade before taking up the position of Constituency Agent to Edward Leigh MP in 1994. As well as his service as a local councillor Martin serves the local community through his local church where he served as a churchwarden until April 2007. Outside politics his interests are his family, reading (mainly politics, history, religion and railways), Football Cricket, travel, railways and music. ==Martin Vickers' Experience== Martin achieved a significant swing to the Conservatives in the 2005 General Election and reduced the Labour majority to just 2642. Martin was re-selected to fight the Cleethorpes constituency at an 'Open Primary' held on 8th November 2006. Martin has 24 years experience as a councillor including six years as the Cabinet member for Environmental Services on North East Lincolnshire Unitary Council. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Vickers_Martin.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Vickers%20Martin.ashx http://www.vickers4cleethorpes.net Cleethorpes vickers4cleethorpes@msn.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:58 Charlotte Vere Charlotte is a versatile and successful social entrepreneur and businesswoman with experience of the private, public and third sectors. As the former CEO of Big White Wall, she led a team which developed a social network which delivered mental health therapies online. Big White Wall helped 3,000 people with poor mental health and won the 2009 Guardian Award for Innovation in Community Engagement.  As the Finance Director of a creative recruitment agency, she increased transparency and accountability and in doing so increased performance.  Charlotte was the Chair of the Young Ambassadors with Samaritans, a group which raised over £200,000 for the emotional health charity. Charlotte has a keen interest in business and the economy, mental health, public services and the environment and sustainability. Charlotte has a BSc (Eng) in Biochemical Engineering from UCL and a MBA from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  She is married with two children aged 9 and 6. ==Charlotte's Experience== Charlotte got involved in politics a few years ago when she joined the campaign team of Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate in Richmond Park.  She forged a position as a key member of the campaign team and took on the role of Head of Canvassing and campaigner for better education in North Kingston.  In early 2009, she was selected to fight a marginal council seat in Canbury ward in Kingston-upon-Thames which she has since resigned to contest Brighton Pavilion. Charlotte was selected for Brighton Pavilion by Open Primary in November 2009. ==Campaigning in Brighton Pavilion== Charlotte is committed to delivering a stronger local economy, better public services, more local jobs and lower levels of crime, whilst protecting the environment and supporting the most vulnerable in Brighton. Charlotte has made extensive connections across the business community in Brighton and understands the challenges of recruiting staff, dealing with regulations, finding credit and sourcing office space.  Charlotte's background in business will ensure a strong voice for the community in Westminster. One of the main concerns of the many rail travellers in Brighton Hove is the First Capital Connect franchise.  Charlotte has surveyed users extensively and met with Neal Lawson, Managing Director of First Capital Connect, to talk through the results.  Charlotte and Neal discussed how to improve services on this critical line and Charlotte will work with the franchise operator in the future. Over the next few years, a next generation windfarm will be built off the coast of Brighton.  Residents are concerned about its impact and Charlotte has met with E.ON to gain an understanding of the project.  Charlotte will continue to ensure that Brighton residents are fully consulted on the project. Brighton Hove has a vibrant charity sector.  Charlotte has established connections with a number of them and has been involved in three local action project over the past few months: decorating at both Brighton Housing Trust and Impact Initiatives and cleaning up rubbish in Coldean Woods. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Vere_Charlotte.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/charlotte-vere.ashx http://www.charlottevere.com Brighton, Pavilion charlotte@charlottevere.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:57 Michael Veitch Michael, 30, lives in East Lothian with his wife. After graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2001, Michael worked for Cadburys, latterly as a sales executive in west London. He now works at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where he is in charge of the Scottish Conservative research unit. In his spare time he enjoys ornithology and walking in the East Lothian countryside. He is also an arm chair golf fan and follows Newcastle United FC. ==Michael's Experience== Michael has a great deal of political experience, having first stood for Parliament in Linlithgow East Falkirk in 2005, increasing the Conservative vote. In 2007 he contested the Preston/Seton/Gosford ward on East Lothian Council, where he just missed out on getting elected by a mere 56 votes. ==Campaigning in East Lothian== Michael has been the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for East Lothian since October 2007. Since then he has been campaigning across the county, meeting voters and addressing their concerns. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Veitch_Michael.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Scotland/michael-veitch.ashx http://www.eastlothianconservatives.com East Lothian michaelgveitch@yahoo.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:04:56 Nick Varley Nick has lived in Durham all his life. He grew up there, went to school there and worked there. He lives in the constituency, in a village called West Rainton and is passionate about the area and it's people. Despite being firmly Conservative, Nick's upbringing and background definitely aren't that of a 'typical Tory'. He was raised by a single mother in a former pit-village, and his Grandad was a miner. When he was a youngster he live in Angers, France for a year, but he's the first to admit his french is "a little rusty". Nick is immensely proud of his "ordinary roots" and sees his family's success as a tribute to the Conservative values of hard-work and personal responsibility. Outside of politics, Nick is an avid Sunderland AFC fan and enjoys studying for a Law Degree. He does voluntary work at an animal sanctuary in Co.Durham as often as he can, and spends a lot of time reading and watching films. ==Campaigning in City of Durham== City of Durham Conservatives are campaigning to stop more closures of the post offices in Durham's rural villages. Durham Conservatives believe that the village Post Office and pub are the heart of every village's community, and want to protect Post Offices from closures and local pubs from Labour's ever increasing tax burden. Durham Conservatives also campaign on all sorts of ever-changing issues in the city and surrounding villages. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Varley_Nick.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/nick-varley.ashx http://www.durhamcityconservatives.com City of Durham varley4durham@aol.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:54 Shailesh Vara View Shailesh's expense claims (opens in a new window) Shailesh has been the MP for North West Cambridgeshire, since being elected in May 2005. He is presently the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. He was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and Brunel University and qualified as a solicitor. He has worked in the City and the West End of London, as well as in Hong Kong. He is married with two children. Shailesh has held various posts in the Conservative Party including being a Vice-Chairman of the Party during 2001-2005. Apart from his shadow ministerial brief, Shailesh holds a range of other responsibilities. These include being Joint-Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficking of Women and Children, Treasurer of the BBC All Party Parliamentary Group and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Conservative Lawyers. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Great Fen Project, which seeks to create a 3,700 hectare wetland in North West Cambridgeshire. During 2005-6, Shailesh was a member of the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and in 2006 he served on the Standing Committee of the Companies Bill, scrutinising the largest Bill ever to go through Parliament. Moreover, during 2006 he was Joint Secretary of the Conservative Backbench Group on Foreign affairs. In 2006 Shailesh introduced a Private Member’s Bill to extend the age range for women to have compulsory breast cancer screening from the present 50-70 to the 45-75 age range. Unfortunately, the government did not allow the Bill to progress. Earlier this year, Shailesh tried to introduce another Private Member’s Bill to give greater protection to householders when they sought to defend themselves and their property from intruders in their homes. Again, the government did not allow the Bill to progress. ==Shailesh Vara's Experience== Shailesh has been involved with the Conservative party since the late 1980s and has held various posts at local, regional and national levels. As Vice Chairman of the Party he had a broad range of responsibilities. These included advising Michael Howard, deputising for the Party Chairman, Party spokesman with the media and looking after Conservative Future (which comprises the 10,000 or so people in the party under 30). In 2003, Shailesh was invited by the US government to take part in their "Young European Leaders" programme in which he was elected group leader by his fellow delegates from 12 countries. In the run up to the 2001 general election, Shailesh was a member of the Party's manifesto teams for Law and Order and Legal Affairs. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Vara_Shailesh.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Vara%20Shailesh.ashx http://www.shaileshvara.com North West Cambridgeshire shailesh@shaileshvara.com North West Cambridgeshire
2010-04-01 11:04:53 Ed Vaizey View Ed's expense claims (opens in a new window) Ed Vaizey spent part of his childhood growing up in Berkshire and spent three years living in Oxford, attending Merton College, Oxford University. After leaving Oxford, he worked for Ken Clarke and Michael Howard advising on employment and education issues. He trained and practised as a barrister for several years, specialising in family law and child care cases, before becoming the part-owner and manager of a successful PR consultancy. Ed is the editor of the highly successful Blue Books, published by Politico’s, which concentrate on new approaches to Conservative policy in areas such as health and transport. In addition, he writes and broadcasts regularly on Conservative issues in The Guardian and on the BBC’s Despatch Box . Ed was a school governor at his old state primary school and is now a trustee of the Trident Trust, the largest work experience charity in the UK for children aged 14-16. ==Ed Vaizey's Experience== Ed has stood for Parliament once before, when he was the candidate for Bristol East in the 1997 general election. In the 2001 general election, he served as an election aide to Iain Duncan Smith and visited over 40 constituencies with him. He was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005. In November 2006, Ed was appointed Shadow Arts Minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport team. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Vaizey_Ed.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Vaizey%20Ed.ashx http://www.vaizey.com Wantage ed@vaizey.com Wantage
2010-04-01 11:04:52 Paul Uppal Paul Uppal is Sikh of East African descent who was born in Birmingham. His local connections to Wolverhampton are that he is a season ticket holder for Wolverhampton Wanderers and is also a Trustee for a large Sikh Temple in Wolverhampton. A father of three children he has been married for nearly sixteen years and plays football once a week and attends his local gym twice a week. His main concern relates around the issue of crime, which is hardly surprising considering his wife is lawyer and his father is a magistrate. He would like to see the police force supported by government and not bogged down with paper work. “Government needs to focus on sentencing being a real deterrent, on building prisons, rather than preoccupying itself with massaging crime statistics”. Paul runs his own business, and in his time as been his own builder, secretary, accountant, lawyer and cleaner. “Don’t ask anybody to do something for you, if you’re not prepared to do it yourself”. An England football fan, he followed England during the 2004 European Championships and the world cup last year. ==Paul Uppal's Experience== Paul was the Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Yardley during the 2005. During the last general election campaign he was interviewed on News night, he was live on Central News T.V. and interviewed on Radio 4 for the World Tonight programme. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Uppal_Paul.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/paul-uppal.ashx http://www.wolverhamptonconservatives.com Wolverhampton South West office@wolverhamptonconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:46 Andrew Tyrie Andrew grew up in rural Essex, the son of a furniture retailer. He was educated at Felsted School, Trinity College Oxford, the College of Europe Bruges, and Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is a former Woodrow Wilson scholar and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. Until his selection as Parliamentary candidate for Chichester, he was Senior Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He had previously been a full-time adviser to successive Chancellors of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Nigel Lawson and then the Rt Hon John Major MP. He worked closely with them in the Treasury, giving advice on reducing taxes, particularly income tax, privatisation, encouraging enterprise and cutting red tape. He started his career in industry with British Petroleum. ==Andrew Tyrie's Experience== Andrew was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Chichester in the May 1997 general election. During this Parliament Andrew has served as a member of the Public Accounts Commission and the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee. Andrew is also the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parliamentary Reform. From November 2003 to May 2005, he served as a Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. From 2005 to 2006 he served on the Executive Committee of the 1922 Committee. He is Founder and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition. Since entering the House he has published several pamphlets: Sense on EMU (European Policy Forum, 1998), Reforming the Lords: a Conservative Approach (Conservative Policy Forum, 1998), Leviathan at Large: the new regulator for the financial markets (Centre for Policy Studies, 2000 (with Martin McElwee), Mr Blair’s Poodle: an agenda for reviving the House of Commons (Centre for Policy Studies, 2000), Back from the Brink (Parliamentary Mainstream, 2001), Statism by Stealth: New Labour, new collectivism (Centre for Policy Studies, 2002), Axis of Instability: America, Britain, and The New World Order after Iraq (The Bow Group and the Foreign Policy Centre, 2003). Mr Blair’s Poodle goes to War: The House of Commons, Congress and Iraq (Centre for Policy Studies, 2004), The Conservative Party’s proposals for the funding of political parties, The Conservative Party, March 2006. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tyrie_Andrew.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Tyrie%20Andrew.ashx http://www.chichesterconservatives.com Chichester office@chichesterconservatives.com Chichester
2010-04-01 11:04:45 Karen Tweed Karen became involved with the Conservative Party in 1997.  Initially she held various positions in the Colne Valley Conservative association including treasure, deputy chairman political and deputy chairman fundraising. She then moved to the Huddersfield association she held office as Deputy Chairman (Political) until her selection as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in March 2009.  Karen worked with the West Yorkshire area team for several years supporting other associations across the West Yorkshire area. "I was proud and honoured to have been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Huddersfield. I have lived in the Huddersfield area for over 25 years and I look forward to speaking up for Huddersfield. "Across Kirklees you can see the results of 12 years of neglect from a Labour government with unemployment on the rise, businesses struggling and development schemes being scrapped. I will be setting out the Conservatives vision for change and listening to the views of people across Huddersfield." Karen admits she is a very down to earth person and what people see on the door step is what they get. Karen was educated at the Brooksbank School, Elland, then after leaving has done many part time education courses attaining an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance and an MSc in Medical Device Decontamination in 2009.  Karen has worked for the NHS for the past 26 years initially in the pharmacy department at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary then moving to the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust in 2004 to work in the Sterile Services Department. Her current position is looking after decontamination processes within the Trust. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tweed_Karen.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/karen-tweed.ashx http://www.huddersfieldconservatives.com Huddersfield brighouse@yorkshireconservatives.og.uk None
2010-04-01 11:04:43 Andrew Turner Andrew was born in 1953 in Coventry and educated at Rugby, Keble College Oxford (BA, MA Geography), Birmingham University and Henley Management Collgee. He and Carole have recently moved from Cowes to Newport; he lists his interests as the countryside, old movies and avoiding gardening. Andrew trained as a teacher at Birmingham University and taught economics in comprehensive schools for several years. Andrew worked on education policy at the Conservative Research department and was subsequently Special Advisor to Ministers at the Department of Health and Social Security. From 1988-1997, he ran the Grant Maintained Schools Foundation and subsequently acted as an education consultant with clients as varied as the Girls' Day School Trust, Edison (an American education company) and the London Borough of Southwark. Since his election to Parliament in 2001 Andrew has worked tirelessly for the Islanders both at home and at Westminster. ==Andrew Turner's Experience== Since being elected as Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight, Andrew has been selected to serve on the Education and Skills Select Committee. In addition, in November 2001 Andrew was elected to the executive of the 1922 Committee of the Conservative Party. From 2003 to 2005, Andrew served as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party; he has also been the Shadow Minister for Charities. Before being elected to Parliament, Andrew served as a city councillor for 17 years, taking an especial interest in housing and highways. He contested Hackney South and Shoreditch in 1992 and Birmingham East in the 1994 European elections. In 1997 he narrowly failed to win the Isle of Wight but in the June 2001 General Election he won the seat with a majority of nearly 3,000. His particular political interests include education, local government, social services and the constitution. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Turner_Andrew.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Turner%20Andrew.ashx http://www.islandconservatives.com/ Isle of Wight misleofwight@tory.org Isle of Wight
2010-04-01 11:04:42 Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss lives in Downham Market. She is married with two daughters. She was brought up in Yorkshire, attending the local comprehensive school before going on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, Oxford University. She worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for ten years as a commercial manager and economics director - and is a qualified management accountant. As Deputy Director at the think-tank Reform Elizabeth advocated more rigorous academic standards in schools, a greater focus on tackling serious and organised crime and urgent action to deal with Britain's £175bn deficit. Elizabeth has been a member of the Conservative Party for the past thirteen years. She has worked as an Association Chairman and a councillor and fought parliamentary seats in 2001 and 2005. Elizabeth enjoys spending time having fun with her husband and daughters.  Food (growing, cooking, eating) is her big hobby and she particularly loves the revival of our food heritage taking place at the moment.  Norfolk has an abundance of excellent meat and vegetables and Elizabeth is keen to work to help promote local produce. ==Campaigning for Norfolk South West== Norfolk South West needs improvements to infrastructure to support businesses and residents. Elizabeth is determined to find new ways and funding to bring good roads, faster broadband and reliable energy supplies. Elizabeth will fight to protect the character of Thetford, Downham Market and Swaffham whilst helping to encourage new enterprise, jobs and services.  She is also determined to see rural villages retain shops, small businesses and pubs which are the lifeblood of local life. Local businesses need highly skilled workers. Elizabeth supports parents in seeking a rigorous education with good discipline at all local schools. She has written extensively on reforming national examinations to help achieve this. Too much public money has been wasted. Elizabeth wants to use her accountancy background and business experience to get value for money in every penny that is spent on our public services. Elizabeth Truss says: "Politics in this country is broken and must change. That means real decisions at a local level, more power to people and complete transparency about the way our public services and our democracy work and what your representatives are doing for you. I am determined to work with you and for you to establish a new way forward for Norfolk and Britain. " http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Truss_Elizabeth.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/elizabeth-truss.ashx http://www.elizabethtruss.com South West Norfolk elizabeth.truss@btconnect.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:41 Daphne Trimble A long term resident of Lisburn, Daphne and her husband David raised their four children there and still live in the area. She practiced as a solicitor for many years before running her husband David's constituency office in Upper Bann for fifteen years. She served two terms on the Equality Commission, followed by a term on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, where she opposed the Commission's proposals for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. Daphne currently sits on the board of the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund and as a music lover she Chairs the Ulster Youth Orchestra encouraging young people to perform in a top class orchestra. Daphne firmly believes that the link up with the Conservative Party is the best way forward for Unionism in Northern Ireland, giving electors the opportunity to have their say, not just in local issues, but in national politics.   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Trimble_Daphne.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Daphne-Trimble.ashx http://www.voteforchangeni.com Lagan Valley Daphne.trimble@voteforchangeni.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:39 Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie is the Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed. She was educated in London, and graduated in Mathematics from Oxford Polytechnic. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London and worked in corporate finance with PwC in the manufacturing sector, across the UK and Europe. She made Northumberland her home in 1996. She is married to John, and they have two children. Her interests include tennis and doing sponsored runs with her daughter, playing games with her kids, reading, and cooking for friends. ==Anne-Marie Trevelyan's Experience== Anne-Marie has been campaigning for Berwick Conservatives for the last 3 years on issues ranging from the dualling of the A1 to the  closure of day care centres, and the lack of NHS dentistry provision in North Northumberland. She is always actively fund-raising for local charities, and believes that nothing is impossible if you set your mind ( a great deal of energy) to the challenge. Anne-Marie is an elected Public Governor for the Berwick Constituency of the local NHS Foundation Trust, which looks after our hospitals. As part of the community she serves, Anne-Marie wants to ensure that local people’s voices are heard and acted upon in decision making for the healthcare we receive in rural Northumberland.   Anne-Marie is passionate about ensuring a great education for all our children. She has been a governor of several schools over the years. Anne-Marie is presently a Governor of Berwick High School. She believes that our children deserve the best education we can give them, alongside our teachers being given back the control of their schools. Anne-Marie also supports special needs issues in Northumberland, both for those children with learning difficulties, and for our most gifted children, whose talents, if not nurtured, will leave our nation the poorer in the future. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Trevelyan_Anne-Marie.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/anne-marie-trevelyan.ashx http://www.teamtrevelyan.co.uk Berwick-upon-Tweed anne-marie@berwickconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:37 David Tredinnick David was born in 1950, and educated at Eton College, Mons Officer Cadet School, St John's College, Oxford (M.Litt), and the Graduate School of Business at Cape Town University (MBA). He has one daughter and one son. His main area of interest is health and he has been Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare since 2002 (formerly Treasurer 1989-2002). His other special interests include defence, environment, home affairs, and information technology. ==David's Experience == David has led campaigns against Post Office closures, for more local police, better road safety and against unnecessary travellers' sites. David has also been vocal in law and order issues, especially antisocial behaviour concerns. He has also supported many local charities and businesses. In the 1983 General Election he nearly defeated former Labour Prime Minister Jim Callaghan at Cardiff South and Penarth constituency (1,400 votes short). In the 1987 General Election he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Bosworth (majority 17,016), and re-elected 1992 (majority 19,094), 1997 (majority 1,027), 2001 (majority 2,280) and 2005 (majority 5319). He was Chairman of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and Select Committee for Statutory Instruments from 1997 to 2005. David was also an Executive Member of the 1922 Committee from 1997 to 2001. From 1988 to 1995 he was the Co-Chairman of The Future of Europe Trust (FET), which promotes understanding between West European politicians and democratically elected politicians from East Europe and the former Soviet Union. As Chairman of FET he arranged the first ever conference of elected politicians from 30 nations of both East and West Europe at Lancaster House in May 1990, which has now become an annual conference on the Future of Europe. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to The Rt Hon Sir Wyn Roberts, MP, Minister of State at the Welsh Office from 1991-1994. During the Gulf War, he was secretary for the Conservative Party Back Bench Committees on Defence from 1991 to 1992, and Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1992. David has sat on the Standing Committees for the 1988 Housing Act, the 1989 Electricity Act, the 1990 Environmental Protection Act, the 1992 Local Government Wales Act, the 1993 Osteopaths' Act, the 1994 Chiropractors' Act, European Standing Committee B, and the Select Committee for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act from 1995 to 1996. David was the chairman of Anglo-East European Trade Co from 1991 to 1998 and was the chairman of the Ukraine Business Agency from 1992 to 1997. His past experience includes being the manager of Malden Mitcham Properties from 1986 to 1988, the marketing manager of Q1 Europe Ltd (small business computer systems) from 1979 to 1981, and a consultant for Baird Communications, NY (small business computer systems) from 1978 to 1979. He was also a sales manager in word processing, from 1977 to 1978, a salesman for Kalle Infotec UK (Digital Facsimile) in 1976, an account executive for Quadrant International (Advertising Agency) in 1974, and worked in E.B. Savoury Milln Co. (Stockbrokers) in 1972. From 1968 to 1971, David was a 2nd Lieutenant with the Grenadier Guards, mainly in Northern Ireland and West Germany.  http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tredinnick_David.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Members%20of%20Parliament/david-tredinnick.ashx http://www.bosworthconservatives.com Bosworth david@bosworthconservatives.com Bosworth
2010-04-01 11:04:33 Gemma Townsend Gemma grew up in Wapping in East London. Since graduating from the University of Manchester where she studied Sociology, she has lived all over London including Deptford and Crofton Park. Gemma has been campaigning in Lewisham Deptford now since 2006, when she stood as a candidate in the local elections. Gemma was selected to stand for Parliament in Lewisham Deptford in December 2008. Gemma works for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, managing his policing and crime policies. She has previously worked in a number of social policy and research roles for the London Assembly, Southwark Council, Ofsted and Populus. Over the years Gemma has been proud to have had an impact on policies to reduce crime and serious youth violence and to improve standards in education, housing, health and social care, whilst saving reducing the burden on the tax payer. She has learnt a great deal from a wide range of practitioners in the field. Gemma sits on a number of regional boards to tackle crime in London and is on the Management Board of Abbey Manor College in Lee Green, a Pupil Referral Unit in Lewisham. Gemma enjoys volunteering and over the years she has volunteered with children and young people, pensioners and young offenders in both London and abroad. Gemma is particularly concerned that in four years of campaigning in Lewisham, residents are still complaining about the same things. She is  campaigning on crime, regeneration, transport and education. Having worked in government, Gemma is adamant that local authorities could be more resourceful and provide significantly better services, she will ensure her campaign holds Lewisham Council to account.   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Townsend_Gemma.aspx None http://www.ldconservatives.com Lewisham, Deptford gemma@gemmatownsend.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:29 Justin Tomlinson As a local resident, Justin is extremely proud to be the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for North Swindon. If elected, he would work tirelessly to always put local residents first, no excuses. Local residents deserve a strong voice in Westminster, in contrast to Westminster's voice in Swindon peddling Labour spin. As Justin has shown through his track record as a local Councillor, there will be no one with more energy, enthusiam and passion to stand up and put Swindon first. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tomlinson_Justin.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/justin-tomlinson.ashx http://www.swindonconservatives.com North Swindon None None
2010-04-01 11:04:27 Edward Timpson Edward was born in 1973 in Cheshire to John and Alex Timpson. He was MP for Crewe and Nantwich from May 2008 until Parliament was recently dissolved for the general election campaign. Edward is standing again as the Conservative candidate for the Crewe and Nantwich constituency. He has an elder sister and brother as well as two adopted younger brothers. His parents have also fostered 87 children over the last 30 years, many of whom Edward grew up with. Having been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich at an open primary in July 2007, Edward spent the next 10 months campaigning hard in the constituency before the sad death of Gwyneth Dunwoody MP in April 2008. In the by-election that followed, Edward overturned a 7,000 Labour majority and was elected as MP for Crewe and Nantwich on the 22nd May 2008. Edward has lived and worked in the local community almost his entire life. From 1999 until his election in 2008, Edward practised as a family law barrister in local courts, including Crewe, specialising in the cases of vulnerable children. Edward dedicated his first two years as MP for Crewe and Nantwich to improving the lives of local residents. With an office in the heart of Crewe, regular surgeries and newsletters, visits to local schools, colleges, charities, businesses, resident associations, religious groups and trades union branches amongst others, Edward has immersed himself in the community he represents. He has led on a variety of campaigns since taking office. These include campaigns to save the Weston Road Sorting Office and the Oak Street Tax Office in Crewe, the Ambulance First Responders in Nantwich, and a variety of employment and transport issues including Bombardier, Bentley and the National Railway Skills Academy for Crewe. In the last 18 months, Edward has become Patron of Home Start based in Crewe, the Holly Holy Day Society and Supported Community Business who help local people with special needs to develop their skills so they can get into the workplace. Edward is also an Honorary Member of the Crewe Alex Supporters' Initiative and the Royal British Legion, as well as a member of the Cheshire and Neighbours Credit Union and a Vice-President of the Acton Amateur Operatic Society who perform regularly at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe. At Westminster, Edward sat on the Children Schools and Families Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He is also Co-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Adoption and fostering, Secretary of the APPG for Dairy Farmers, Vice Chairman on the APPG for Runaway Missing Children and Vice-Chairman of the APPG on Epilepsy. Edward is also Vice President of the Conservative Friends of Poland. His areas of particular policy interest are education, social and family policy and justice. Edward is enormously proud to have represented the people of Crewe and Nantwich at Westminster, and believes they deserve an MP who puts their constituency first. As MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward was not frightened to stand up for his constituents even where it is at odds with his Party’s policy. He rebelled against his party on both the proposed part-privatisation of the Royal Mail and on changes to Bingo Tax. Edward is married to Julia and they have three children, a boy Sam (aged 5) and two girls, Elizabeth (aged 4) and Lydia (aged 1), all born on their due date at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. Lydia is a leap year baby! Last year Edward completed his seventh marathon in London, raising over £3,000 for local disabled children charities. He is running again in 2010. Away from politics, Edward is a fan of football, both watching and playing. Edward is part of a team that has played a series of fixtures against the Liverpool Legends, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Hollyoaks, raising nearly £30,000 for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice and the Wingate Centre. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Timpson_Edward.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Timpson%20Edward.ashx http://www.edwardtimpson.com Crewe and Nantwich edward@creweandnantwichconservatives.com Crewe and Nantwich
2010-04-01 11:04:24 Maggie Throup Maggie was born in Shipley, West Yorkshire and was educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School. She gained an Honours degree in Biology at University of Manchester and also has professional qualifications in Biomedical Sciences and holds a Diploma in Marketing. After graduating, Maggie began her career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, and then moved into Medical Diagnostics Sales Marketing. Since 1996 she has run a successful Marketing and Public Relations Consultancy, helping many businesses of all sizes, from sole-traders to plcs, to grow through the effective implementation of appropriate marketing and pr campaigns. Maggie provides marketing and public relations support for numerous private and public organisations and currently works for an MP and MEPs. Maggie has lived in Solihull since 1987 and is committed to campaigning for freedom, opportunity and choice throughout the constituency. ==Maggie Throup’s Experience== Maggie first became involved in politics in 2001 when she set up and led a campaign to protect acres of Green Belt from a huge development of a motorway service station – this was an 8-year battle which Maggie eventually won in January 2009. Maggie is recognised as a Green Belt defender as she has also successfully campaigned to protect other parts of the Green Belt around Solihull. These campaigns were run BEFORE Maggie became the Parliamentary Candidate and shows Maggie’s commitment to the local community. More recently, Maggie acted very quickly to mount a campaign to ‘Save Solihull Maternity Services’ when she heard of plans to lose consultant cover at the Solihull Hospital Maternity unit. She has led the way on this issue, holding a high profile town centre rally as well as lobbying key Trust and PCT personnel. As well as the NHS, Maggie is passionate about green issues and the environment – in fact Maggie was a green warrior before it was trendy to be ‘green’! In March 2009, in response to the doubling of unemployment in Solihull, Maggie set up a Job Club which, over the first 12 weeks, helped to get over 90% of those attending back into work or decide on a change in career. Solihull Job Club now runs in conjunction with the faith community, offering practical advice on CVs, interview technique etc as well as the much needed friendship and community spirit. Maggie has been part of Project Umubano, carrying out voluntary work in Rwanda. As a result of her visits, Maggie has set up ‘Pen4Life’ project which aims to provide as many biros as possible for the school children in Rwanda. Maggie fought a seat in West Yorkshire at the 2005 General Election where she reduced the sitting Labour MP’s majority from 10% to just 3%. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Throup_Maggie.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Throup%20Maggie.ashx http://www.voice4solihull.com Solihull maggie@maggiethroup.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:22 Ross Thomson Ross is a local lad having lived in Gordon all his life. Firstly living in Belhelvie and then moving to Whitecairns. He attended Balmedie primary School, Bridge of Don Academy and then graduated from the University of Aberdeen with First Class Honours in Politics and International Relations. Ross has been active in the Gordon Conservative Association since 2004. He has actively campaigned for local MSP Nanette Milne. He was very actively involved in the University of Aberdeen Conservative Association, holding the post of Vice-Chairman from 2005-2008. This will not be the first time Ross has stood for election. In 2007, for experience, he stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in Coatbridge and Chryston. In a Labour stronghold seat he managed to increase the Scottish Conservative share of the vote. In his spare time Ross enjoys watching DVDs, going to the cinema, listening to music, meeting up with friends and family, going on walks and reading. On his selection Ross said: "I beleive I have the freshness, enthusiasm and compassion to serve and defend the interests of Gordon residents at Westminster well. I will be a strong voice for those Gordon residents who have been forgotten about." "I believe that it is time for a fresh start and new beginning in Gordon. The electorate are fed up, progress in Gordon has stagnated over the last 3 decades and local people want change. I am passionate and positive about our future and believe that our best years lie ahead. To make the change we so desperately need we need a new Government at Westminster and to achieve that we need a fresh, new Conservative MP here in Gordon." "The Westminster constituency of Gordon keeps parts of Aberdeenshire such as Huntly, Ellon and Inverurie but now takes in parts of Aberdeen City such as Bridge of Don, Danestone and Dyce. Having lived in Aberdeenshire, attended a city state school and family and friends who live in the city I beleive that I have the understanding to represent a seat that is both city and shire." http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Thomson_Ross.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Scotland/ross-thomson.ashx http://www.rossthomson.wordpress.com Gordon None None
2010-04-01 11:04:21 Alistair Thompson Alistair was born in 1978 in Kent where his father was a doctor. He attended Borden Grammar School following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Peter and Paul. It was whilst at school that he discovered a love of politics and joined the party. After completing A-levels in english, history and politics, he attended Portsmouth University where he gained a degree in politics and was elected General Secretary of the Students Union and then its President. It was during this time that he first stood for the city council in May 2000, winning the formerly safe Labour seat of Hilsea. After leaving the Students' Union Alistair worked for a number of companies in Hampshire before joining the Portsmouth District Post where he worked as a journalist for three years. Following a stint as the co-ordinating editor of the Portsmouth and District Post he moved to become the press spokesman for the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The Jubilee Sailing Trust is one of the UK's leading sailing charities and has two magnificent tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious, which uniquely have been designed and built to enable able bodied and disabled people to sail on board as equals, www.jst.org.uk .  In 2007 Alistair left the Jubilee Sailing Trust and moved to Media Intelligence Partners, a London-based communications company that provides media training and communications support to a range of companies, think tanks and campaigning groups.  Alistair loves spending time with his friends and family and in 2009 he married Jess in Sutton Coalfield, they have one son, Edward and a cat Holly.      Outside politics Alistair's other interests include sport (hockey, squash and skiing) attending CAMRA events and charitable work.  ==Alistair's Experience== Alistair has been a member of the Conservative Party since the early 1990s and has held numerous positions in the voluntary party since that time including the Conservative Future Chairman in Sittingbourne and Sheppey. He has worked in every local and national election since that time, including acting as the campaign manager in the last two general election campaigns. In 2000 he stood for the local Council and won the safe Labour seat of Hilsea. Over the next 7 years he worked closely with the parliamentary spokesman and the association campaign team to win the remaining two seats, raise Conservative support in the area and increase the majority from just 2 votes in 2002 to 1,300 in 2008.  Alistair works closely with the Centre for Social Justice, the think tank set up former Conservative Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith. He says that it has been a real eye opener to see the scale of deprivation, poverty and despair that blights many parts of our country and describes the work of the CSJ finding solution to these problems as 'the most important work in politics today'. He is a keen supporter of the armed forces and in 2003 led a campaign called 'Homes for Heroes' which called for sailors, soldiers and airmen to be given a right to buy their military properties if they were no longer required by the MOD.   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Thompson_Alistair.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/alistair-thompson.ashx http://www.alistairthompson.co.uk West Bromwich East None None
2010-04-01 11:04:17 Daniel Thomas Daniel is from Blackwood and has lived there most of his life. He attended Blackwood Comprehensive School, Crosskeys College and studied politics at Exeter University.  Daniel works for a well known building society and his career has taken him all over the country.  He interest in politics started when he stood as candidate in his school's mock election and since then has been involved with various campaigns and community groups.  Outside of work and politics, Daniel enjoys socialising with friends and family, travelling and pursuing his interest of cars, history and reading. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Thomas_Daniel.aspx None http://www.islwynconservatives.com Islwyn info@islwynconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:12 Derek Thomas Derek works as a Community Development Manager for a large voluntary organisation in Helston, Cornwall. Derek grew up in St Ives Constituency and, apart from living in South London for three years, has worked in the constituency since leaving full-time education. Derek specialises in developing projects and social enterprises designed to enable vulnerable people to gain greater independence. Community projects set up by Derek include an award-winning Fresh Vegetable Box Delivery Service and Survivealive, a residential activity providing outdoor adventure for hundreds of young people from across Cornwall and beyond. Derek started working life by completing an apprenticeship as a traditional Cornish Mason. A change of career led to a period of study in South London and then a return to West Cornwall to take up employment within the voluntary sector as a Youth and Community Worker. Derek is a regular guest speaker at schools and community organisations. Derek was born to missionary parents in 1972. Derek and his wife have two young sons and are members of a local church. Derek believes this nation needs fresh leaders who are able to respond to the significant demands of our modern age. Leaders are needed to demonstrate how the quality of life can be improved for all people simply by maintaining healthy and stable communities that are prosperous at home and generous towards the world's poorest communities. Derek brings this fresh leadership in a challenging age. ==Derek Thomas' Experience== Derek served as a Penwith District Councillor and chaired the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee until Local Government Reorganisation brought an end to the District Council in April 2009. His local authority responsibilities included being the Member Champion for Children and Young People and serving on the county-wide Scrutiny Committee charged with monitoring the implementation of the Cornwall Council. Derek has successfully led several local election campaigns. Derek serves on the following community organisations: West Cornwall Health Watch; Penzance Health and Wellbeing Group; South Kerrier Alliance Community Wellbeing (Chair); Recent campaigns organised by Derek in his Constituency includes the demand for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, safeguarding rural Post Offices Branches, saving dispensing GP surgeries, promoting small business rate relief, securing free council tax-paying facilities at the Post Office in Penwith. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Thomas_Derek.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/derek-thomas.ashx http://www.stivesconservatives.com St Ives derekthomas.STICCA@googlemail.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:07 Deborah Thomas I was born and brought up in Kew and after leaving school, I went to Cambridge University. From there I went on to PwC where I qualified as a chartered accountant. I now work for the AMV Group, the UK’s largest advertising company, covering areas as diverse as procurement and cost savings to assisting with our environmental policy. I am committed to representing Twickenham’s residents and holding this shambolic Liberal council to account. I am a passionate believer in quality public services, better transport and a cleaner environment, but also believe that the government and the council have a duty to offer the best value for money possible, something that only the Conservative Party can achieve. When I’m not working or on the campaign trail, I love travelling, music and watching rugby. ==Deborah Thomas' Experience== I have been a member of the party since 1997 and have worked as a grassroots supporter, been a local council candidate in Lambeth in 2006 and a Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Hodge Hill in the 2005 General Election. In addition, I was a member of the James Report policy team, where I worked on reducing waste in the Treasury. I am also currently on the Public Sector Efficiency policy team, helping formulate policy on how government can function more cost effectively, without reducing services offered to the public. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Thomas_Deborah.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/deborah-thomas.ashx http://www.deborah4twickenham.com Twickenham deborah@deborah4twickenham.com None
2010-04-01 11:04:06 Michelle Tempest Michelle, born Amersham 1976, qualified as a doctor at Magdalene College, Cambridge University (MA MB BChir).  She also gained a Masters degree in law (LLM) and has taught and lectured at Cambridge University to both medical and law students.  ==Michelle's experience== Before studying to be a doctor, Michelle worked with the Prince's Trust to give underprivileged youth groups the opportunity to record demo tapes for the music industry.  After qualifying as a doctor, Michelle completed the rigorous junior doctor training demanded by her profession.  During this time, she served as a front-line doctor in a busy city teaching hospital.  She worked in Accident and Emergency, vascular surgery, and global infectious diseases.  Following that, Michelle spent seven years specialising in psychiatric care.  She continues to work as an NHS psychiatrist. Michelle has many academic publications and is also a published author.  She co-authored 'Why Lawyers Should Surf'; reviewed by The Independent as a book that 'subtly restores a sense of poetry' to 'become a better human being.'  She edited 'The Future of the NHS', leading a team of over fifty authors; this book is now recognised as a Parliamentary reference text.     ==Michelle's political experience== Michelle has contributed papers and specialist advice to think tanks such as the Centre for Policy Studies and the Centre for Social Justice. Andrew Lansley MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, has been able to draw on Michelle's first-hand experience of the challenges facing the NHS, to aid understanding of the real life impact of Government policy.  Michelle helped organise 'You Talk: We Listen' conferences for Andrew. Michelle has been involved in the Coningsby Club, a Conservative discussion organisation, since 1992.  She was elected as the club Chairman for the 2007 term and was the first female to hold this position since the club formed in 1921. As a lifelong Conservative, Michelle is an experienced campaigner at Parliamentary, county and local elections.  Most recently, she was directly involved in the successful by-elections in Henley and Crewe Nantwich.  In 2005 Michelle was an integral part of a working party branding group, chaired by a Board Member directly under David Cameron's scrutiny. In 2007 she stood as a Council Candidate for the King's Hedges ward, Cambridge, and gained an 8% swing to the Conservatives.  ==Michelle's family== Michelle believes that the family is the bedrock of society.  Her mother is a Geordie, and Michelle has many happy memories of the time spent with her grandmother and relatives living in Newcastle and Durham. With relatives still living in Hunstanworth and Newcastle she feels very fortunate to have never lost her ties and love for the North East. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tempest_Michelle.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/michelle-tempest.ashx http://www.vote4michelletempest.com North West Durham michelle4nwdurham@yahoo.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:04:04 Piers Tempest Piers was born in Yorkshire and educated at Ampleforth College near York. He then travelled around the world for a year spending time in India, Asia and Australia which broadened his horizons significantly and sparked off an ongoing interest in the environment. Piers then graduated from Bristol University with a first class degree in Human Geography. Piers moved to London and worked for Jasper Conran the designer and for an advertising agency before settling down and embarking on a career as a film producer. He has been working in the industry for the last ten years and has numerous credits to his name. He has produced films in America, Australia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Yorkshire. In 2008 he was selected onto the industry's prestigious training scheme 'Inside Pictures'. Work aside Piers was on the board of the successful UNESCO bid for Bradford becoming the world's first City of Film. He also is a member of the Order of Malta. In 2007 he organized an agenda setting conference in Westminster entitled 'Rural Regeneration - Opportunity in a Dynamic Countryside'. Piers is a clean slate candidate and is very excited to be the PPC for Barnsley and feels strongly that Barnsley is a unique town with a great heritage, identity and future. Piers is thirty six, married to Kate and lives in Yorkshire with his three daughters. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tempest_Piers.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/piers-tempest2.ashx http://www.barnsleyconservatives.co.uk Barnsley Central piers@barnsleyconservatives.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:03:59 Sir Peter Tapsell Sir Peter was born in Sussex in 1930, He was educated on scholarships at Tonbridge School and Merton College, Oxford where he graduated with First Class Honours in Modern History and a Diploma in Economics. He was Librarian (Vice-President) of the Oxford Union, and represented the Union on a debating tour of the United States in 1954. From 1948-50 he served as a subaltern with the Royal Sussex Regiment in the Middle East. Between school and Army he worked in the Tanganyika Groundnuts Scheme. He is a Life Member of 6th Squadron RAF and has studied warfare in Kenya, Cyprus, the Congo and Vietnam. He was a member of the Trilateral Commission (from 1978 to 1998) and was financial adviser to the former Sultan of Brunei who made him a Dato (Malayan Knight). He has been Chairman of the British-Caribbean Association. He worked at the Conservative Research Department from 1954 to 1957 and was Chairman of the Coningsby Club from 1957 to 1958. He was a member of the London Stock Exchange from 1957 to 1990 and was for 30 years the International Partner of a leading firm of stockbrokers. He has visited more than 120 countries and has considerable knowledge of the Islamic world. He has advised many Governments and Central Banks on the management of international reserves, and is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations. He was knighted in 1985. The Political Editors voted him The Spectator ‘Backbencher of the Year’ in 1993 and 'Parliamentarian of the Year' in 2004. ==Sir Peter Tapsell's Experience== Sir Peter, first elected in 1959, is the longest serving Conservative MP in the House of Commons. At the age of 27, he was defeated in a by-election at Wednesbury (Staffs) in February 1957. He won West Nottingham from Labour in 1959 by 164 votes but lost the seat in 1964. He represented Horncastle (Lincs.) from 1966-83 and, following redistribution, East Lindsey (Lincs) until 1997, when he won the seat of Louth and Horncastle in May 1997, with a majority of 6,900. In 2001, he was one of only five sitting Conservative MPs to increase his share of the vote by more than five per cent. Sir Peter was a Frontbench Spokesman on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1976-77) and on Treasury and Economic Affairs (1977-78). During the 1955 General Election Campaign he served as a personal assistant to Sir Anthony Eden, the then Prime Minister. Sir Peter is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Council Member of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is Deputy Chairman of the Mitsubishi Trust Oxford Foundation, Vice-President of the Tennyson Society and a member of The Athenaeum. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Tapsell_Sir_Peter.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Tapsell%20Sir%20Peter%202.ashx None Louth and Horncastle None Louth and Horncastle
2010-04-01 11:03:58 Robert Syms Robert was born in 1956. He was educated at Colston’s School, Bristol and has a Road Haulage Managers (CPC) Certificate. He has two children, Imogen and Nicholas, and separated from Fiona in early 2006. Robert is a former Managing Director of a Building and Plant Hire Group and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (F.C.I.O.B). Robert was elected MP for Poole in 1997. In December 1999 he was appointed as Frontbench Spokesman for environment, transport and the regions. In September 2001, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. In March 2003, he was also appointed as an Opposition Whip. From November 2003 to July 2007, he served as a Shadow Minister for Local Government. Between 1979 and 1988 he held a number of positions in the North Wiltshire Conservative Association. From 1982 he was Association Treasurer, Deputy Chairman, Chairman and then Vice-President. He was elected to Wiltshire County Council in 1985 and served as a Whip 1990-93. During the same period he was also Vice-Chairman of the Finance committee. He served as a councilor on North Wiltshire District council from 1983-87. He was Vice-Chairman of the Council and Leader of the majority Conservative Group from 1984-87. He was a member of the Wessex Regional health Authority 1988-90. He was a Founder Chairman of the Calne Development Project Trust (a community Regeneration Scheme based in Calne 1986-97. He contested the Parliamentary seat of Walsall North in 1992. Robert is currently campaigning for a fairer deal for Poole from the Government on funding for local government, National Health Service and the Police. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Syms_Robert.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Syms%20Robert.ashx http://pooleconservatives.com/ Poole symsr@pooleconservatives.org Poole
2010-04-01 11:03:56 Hugo Swire Hugo was elected as Member of Parliament for East Devon in 2001. He was educated at Eton and attended St. Andrew’s University and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Before entering Parliament he served in the Armed Forces, worked in independent television and was the first Head of Development at the National Gallery. Latterly he was a Director of Sotheby’s, London. Hugo is also one of the country’s leading charity auctioneers and has been involved in raising millions of pounds for different charities over the years. In 2003 Hugo was appointed Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to Rt Hon Theresa May MP then Chairman of the Conservative Party. Later in the same year he was made an opposition whip. In 2004 he was Shadow Minister for the Arts, and was Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media Sport from 2005 to 2007. Hugo has also served on the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. He was appointed to the Speakers Advisory Committee on Works of Art becoming Chairman in 2001. Despite his front bench responsibilities Hugo retains his interest in foreign affairs and is the Secretary of the Conservative Middle East Council. He is also Treasurer of the All Party Oman Group and Vice Chairman of the All Party United Arab Emirates Group and All-Party Lebanon Group He is President of the Western Area Conservative Clubs Council, the National Society of Conservative and Unionist Agents (Western Branch) and Exmouth Conservative Club. In addition he is Vice-President, Grenadier Guards Association (Wessex Branch), Axminster Young Farmers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Countryside Alliance, the National Farmers Union and the Royal British Legion. Hugo is married to Sasha, has two daughters and lives in East Devon and London. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Swire_Hugo.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Swire%20Hugo.ashx http://www.hugoswire.org.uk/ East Devon office@eastdevonconservatives.org.uk East Devon
2010-04-01 11:03:55 Desmond Swayne View Desmond's expense claims (opens in a new window) Desmond was born in 1956 and was educated at Bedford School and St Andrews University. He was a school master from 1981 to 1987 and a manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland from 1987 to 1997 when he was elected to Parliament for the New Forest West constituency. He has been a serving Territorial Army officer since 1987 and served in Iraq from July to December 2003. During this service he contributed a popular audio diary to BBC Radio Four. To keep fit, Desmond swims a quarter of a mile in the Serpentine daily throughout the year when Parliament is in session. He also runs through the New Forest between his home and Brockenhurst station to catch the train to London. He married Moira in 1987 and has three children. The family lives in the New Forest. During the 2001-2005 Parliament, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. In December 2005, he was appointed by the new Leader, David Cameron, to be his Parliamentary Private Secretary. Previously, he has held shadow ministerial portfolios for Northern Ireland, Health and Defence and has been a senior opposition whip. In the 1997-2001 Parliament, he was on the Social Security select committee. Prior to his election in 1997, Desmond contested the Parliamentary seats of Pontypridd in 1987 and West Bromwich West in 1992. He also contested a district council and a county council seat in the West Midlands, and a London borough seat in North Kensington. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Swayne_Desmond.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Desmond%20Swayne.ashx http://www.newforestwestconservatives.com/ New Forest West nfwca@btconnect.com New Forest West
2010-04-01 11:03:50 Sean Sullivan Sean was born in London in 1981. His grandparents were immigrants to Britain from Ireland. His father served in the London Fire Brigade and his mother works as a bank clerk. Sean attended a state primary school and won a scholarship to attend a local independent school; he was the first member of his family to attend university and studied law at Oxford University. ==Sean’s experience== Sean is a barrister specialising in criminal legal aid work. He prosecutes and defends in cases of serious crime across London and beyond. As such he gets to experience first hand the consequences of our broken society and how Labour have failed to tackle crime effectively. Elected as a local councillor in 2007 Sean has spent three years working with people to solve problems. He is leader of his Conservative group of councillors and has led campaigns to honour the area’s local army regiment, maintain free parking for disabled people and oppose increasing councillors’ allowances. ==Working for change in Tottenham== Sean is a tireless campaigner for Tottenham. He has championed residents in Homes for Haringey properties who have been let down by Labour. Sean believes decent social housing is the mark of a civilised society and campaigns against the failure to deal with damp, pest infestation and overcrowding. Sean is a defender of Tottenham’s heritage and supports the Wards Corner Coalition in Seven Sisters and the campaign to stop Down Lane Park in Tottenham from being built on. Sean joined protesters marching to save our local A units from threatened closure under Labour’s London NHS review and is pleased that the Conservatives have pledged to end this review and its sham consultation. Sean was selected to contest Tottenham at the beginning of 2009. He was however working hard in the area before then, spearheading the by-election campaign in Seven Sisters which led to the shock result of a rock solid Labour majority being reduced to only 64 votes. He has been out and about meeting the people of Tottenham for the last 18 months and looks forward to meeting many more over the course of the General Election campaign. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sullivan_Sean.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Sean-sullivan.ashx http://www.seansullivan4tottenham.com Tottenham sean@tottenhamconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:49 Richard Sullivan Richard studied at Stirling University and gained a degree in Politics and a post graduate in Technology Management.  He is a management consultant and has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Richard has represented the Conservative Party at elections since 2004 in his native Clackmannanshire and in Glasgow. He has also held many party positions and is currently Chairman of the Glasgow Central Conservative Association. He has previously held positions in the Stirling Constituency Association. Richard knows many of the communities first hand in the Glasgow North West constituency having stood for election in the area in 2007 and from his professional life. Richard is an active volunteer in the community holding various directorships in many community organisations ranging from Youth Service providers to educational trusts. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sullivan_Richard.aspx None None Glasgow North West None None
2010-04-01 11:03:48 Jason Sugarman Jason was born in 1969; he was called to the Bar in 1995 and is a member of the Chambers of Lord Carlile QC, he practices criminal law with a special emphasis on complex fraud. He was educated at Brighton College and Durham University where he read history. He then undertook a law diploma at the University of Westminster. He is married to Kate, a journalist and has two daughters; Rosie (5 years) and Alice (3 years). From his professional work he has a particular interest in criminal justice. His family have always lived in Sussex and he enjoys varied hobbies including history, diving and riding on the downs in Sussex. ==Jason Sugarman's Experience== Jason has served his community as a local district Councillor for the Lewes District Council from 1995-2003. He campaigned successfully to prevent a development of over 300 houses on green fields in the Parish he represented, Wivelsfield. He also acted as a referee for his local hospice of St.Peter and St.James in their successful application for a lottery grant to build a “garden of the senses” for terminally ill patients. He stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the Dudley South constituency in 2001, halving Labour’s majority from 14,000 to under 7,000. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sugarman_Jason.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Sugarman%20Jason.ashx http://www.lewesconservatives.com Lewes jason@jasonsugarman.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:03:45 Julian Sturdy Julian is the Parliamentary Candidate for the new seat of York Outer. The UK Parliament currently operates on different constituency boundaries. Julian a local farmer was born in Yorkshire in 1971, he is married to Victoria and they have two children George aged three and Florence aged one. Julian was brought up and has worked in the York area all his life, he studied agriculture at Harper Adams University before running a successful farming and property business which he is still involved with today. Julian has always been very actively involved with his local community, he has been a governor of a local school educational foundation for the last five years, he is a director of Harrogate District Community Transport, set up a local residents association and is a senior steward for the Great Yorkshire Show. He believes local communities should be at the heart of society and is passionate about keeping them there. In his spare time Julian enjoys spending time with his young family, he is also a passionate sports fan following Yorkshire County Cricket and Leeds United football Club. ==Julian Sturdy's Experience== Julian has been involved in the Conservative party since leaving school and actively campaigning for the local party in Yorkshire from 1992. In May 2002 Julian was elected as a Councillor for Marston Moor ward an area on the south eastern edge of Harrogate Borough Council bordering the City of York. He gained his seat form a sitting Liberal Democrat who was mayor elect at the time and in June 2004 Julian was re-elected with a much increased majority taking 78% of the vote. In 2003 Julian was appointed Cabinet Member for Transport within the new Conservative administration on the Council and until recently was the cabinet member for Planning and Transport. In May 2007 Julian decided to stand down from the Council to put even more of his time and effort into the new York Outer Constituency. At the last General Election Julian fought the safe Labour seat of Scunthorpe but still managed to substantially reduce the Labour majority, he felt the experience he gained from this was invaluable. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sturdy_Julian.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Sturdy%20Julian.ashx http://www.yorkconservatives.org.uk York Outer julian.sturdy@btconnect.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:40 Graham Stuart View Graham's expense claims (opens in a new window) Graham was born in Carlisle in 1962, and attended Glenalmond College before reading Philosophy and then Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1982-85. He started his publishing business at the end of his first year at Cambridge and he remains non-executive Chairman. Graham founded CHANT (Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together), a national, cross-party Parliamentary pressure group which campaigns for community hospitals which led to a Government u-turn and the announcement of a new hospital for the East Riding. He also set up HOTI (Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator) which is still fighting to stop a waste incinerator being built at Saltend. In Parliament, he has servesd on the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and, formerly, on the Environmental Select Committee and the Draft Climate Change Bill Committee. He was elected by his fellow MPs to the Conservative Party Board in 2006. Graham takes a particular interest in local healthcare and the interests of the elderly but has campaigned on issues as diverse as saving the Beverley Pasture Masters, improved funding for East Riding schools, increased research into coastal erosion, lobbying Ministers about funding for East Riding schools and working to secure improvements to the unacceptably dangerous local road, the A1079. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stuart_Graham.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Members%20of%20Parliament/Graham-Stuart.ashx http://www.grahamstuart.com Beverley and Holderness graham@grahamstuart.com Beverley and Holderness
2010-04-01 11:03:39 Philippa Stroud Philippa was selected to represent Sutton and Cheam in 2007. She and her husband and their three teenage children live in Sutton and enjoy all the benefits of being part of this community. Philippa has been a social entrepreneur for all of her adult life, starting charities and communities groups in response to the needs of those around her. This has involved working alongside local councils, health authorities, the Police and the local community to help find lasting solutions for persistent problems. ==Philippa's Experience== Philippa has been a key influencer in the development of the Conservative Party's renewed poverty fighting agenda. As Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice, the centre-right think tank on poverty, Philippa is developing a policy programme that is highly solutions focused and addresses Britain's most intractable social challenges. Her work is best known for its approach to strengthening families, reversing educational failure, crime, and welfare dependency. She brings together years of personal experience, voluntary sector leaders and top academics. ==Campaigning in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park== Philippa has campaigned actively for investment into St Helier Hospital. Many residents have spoken with her about their desire to have a hospital in the heart of the community that provides patients with confidence and security. She has also campaigned tirelessly to see sufficient school places for Sutton's children in the Borough and a High Street where families and local residents feel safe at night. From ensuring that children with special needs keep their transport to school, to ensuring that garden waste is still collected by the Council, Philippa has been actively involved to support Sutton's residents. She is repeatedly told that politicians need to be more careful with residents' money so Philippa has supported the aim by the local Conservatives to achieve a 4 year Council Tax freeze. If there are any issues that are important to you that you would like to discuss with Philippa, please do get in touch via the contact details above. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stroud_Philippa.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/philippa-stroud.ashx http://www.philippastroud.com Sutton and Cheam philippa@philippastroud.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:37 Mel Stride Mel is a vigorous local campaigner; raising over 14,000 signatures door-to-door to support our post offices, protecting our hospitals (as Co-Chairman, Crediton Hospital Campaign Group), working to improve our schools (he is a Governor of Okehampton College), to secure affordable housing and to ensure that infrastructure is available to support new development (which has included him presenting petitions to both Parliament and Number 10 Downing Street). He is fighting for a fairer deal for our hard-pressed farmers (especially our hill farmers and those in less advantaged areas) and he also campaigns on green issues (having launched the 'One Tonne Green Challenge'). Mel is 'hands on' and works hard at the grassroots level. He is constantly on the doorstep listening to local concerns. Mel believes in compassionate Conservatism and has served on the Commission for Social Justice where he made key contributions in respect of voluntary organisations. Mel believes that families and communities are often best placed to solve social problems rather than the State and his work has focused on showing how volunteers can be freed up to provide this vital support. He believes in practicing what he preaches and he runs his own Community Action Team providing hands-on support to local communities within Central Devon. Mel feels very strongly about the importance of education (his parents, due to economic hardship, had to leave school at 15 and 14). Mel was awarded a free place at grammar school and attended Oxford University where he was a keen debater (having been elected, along with William Hague, as President of the Oxford Union). Downing Street. Mel Stride supports Devon school campaign. Mel has a strong interest in our history and culture. As a hobby he is a qualified tourist guide (authorised to guide some of the country¹s most important sites including the British Museum). In 2005 he won the Tourist Board 'Guide of the Year Award'. Mel puts his knowledge to good effect by giving many talks on subjects of both local and national interest and he is always happy to talk to local groups for a small donation to a local charity. Mel is the proud father to three daughters Natascha, Ophelia and Evelyn.  If you have any local issue which you would like Mel to help with (no matter how apparently small) please write to him at: Central Devon Conservatives, 2a Manaton Court, Manaton Close, Exeter EX2 8PF http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stride_Mel.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Stride%20Mel.ashx http://www.centraldevonconservatives.com Central Devon melstride@centraldevonconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:35 Gary Streeter Gary was born in 1955. He was raised on a dairy farm in East Devon. He was educated at Tiverton Grammar School in Devon and the University of London, King’s College where he obtained a First Class Honours degree in Law in 1977. He also won the Gelf Award for top law student for that year. He is married to Janet and has a daughter (Tamsin) and son (Gareth). Gary is a committed Christian and his hobbies are reading and sport in general. Gary was articled to a large City of London firm of solicitors until 1980 when on qualifying as a solicitor he joined Foot Bowden in Plymouth. He specialised in Company and Employment law and became a partner at Foot Bowden in 1984. Gary was elected as a Councillor on the Plymouth City Council in 1986, winning a by-election by 21 votes. He was the Housing Chairman from 1989 to 1991, overseeing the largest capital and revenue budgets on the Plymouth City Council. ==Gary Streeter's Experience== Gary was a member of the Environment Select Committee from July 1992 until February 1993, when he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Solicitor-General. In July 1994, he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney-General until July 1995. From July 1995 to June 1996, Gary was appointed a Government Minister in the Whips Office. In June 1996 he was appointed a Junior Minister in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Gary won the newly formed constituency of South West Devon by a majority of 7,500 on 1 May 1997. As well as Shadow Lord Chancellor’s Department spokesman, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Major, the Leader of the Opposition, in May 1997. From June 1997 to June 1998, Gary was appointed Shadow Minister for Europe on the Opposition frontbench. From June 1998 – September 2001, he was Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. In June 2001 he held the seat of South West Devon with a majority of 7,144 with an increased share of the vote. From 2001 to 2002, Gary was Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, with particular responsibilities for ethnic minorities and faith communities. He has also previously served as Shadow Minister for International Affairs, as well as chairing the International Office at Conservative Campaign Headquarters and Conservatives Abroad. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Streeter_Gary.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Streeter%20Gary.ashx http://www.vote4gary2win.org.uk/ South West Devon mail@vote4gary2win.co.uk South West Devon
2010-04-01 11:03:34 Andy Stranack After graduating from University, Andy worked as a policy advisor for Croydon Council, writing a lottery bid that secured £2.8 Million to rebuild Thornton Heath Leisure Centre. For many years Andy has undertaken voluntary work at a church based youth club on Monks Hill, a social housing estate in Croydon. Through this work Andy realised that the policies he was writing for Croydon Council were having little effect on people's lives living on Monks Hill. In 2001 Andy gave up his job at the Council, sold his house and went to live and work on Monks Hill full time. Since then he has lived on the poverty line, as a community development worker on the estate. This has involved mentoring young people and helping to set up a number of community services such as kids clubs, youth clubs, lunch clubs, parenting courses. Andy has had the privilege of seeing many peoples lives turned round from a life stuck on drugs to a life in full time work and in strong relationships. But his work has also involved tragedy, Andy remembers sitting in a funeral parlour comforting the family of a kid he had spent time mentoring who had just been stabbed to death. Andy passionately believes that it is time for politicians to get out of the Westminster bubble and find out what is really happening on the streets in the UK. ==Andy's Experience== Since 2006 Andy has worked part time for the Centre for Social Justice, Iain Duncan Smith's think tank that has produced the award winning Breakdown and Breakthrough Britain Reports. Andy has worked specifically on welfare reform and reforming asylum policy. In 2006 Andy stood in the Council Elections in Fieldway the most deprived ward in Croydon. Although a labour stronghold Andy managed to increase the Conservative vote by over 10%. In 2008 Andy was selected onto the London List for the Mayoral elections and campaigned hard to achieve the excellent Conservative result across London. ==Campaigning in Camberwell and Peckham== Andy recognises the excellent work that voluntary sector groups such as XLP and Redthread are doing to help mend our broken society across Camberwell and Peckham. Andy wants to work with these groups to raise their profile in the local community and to politicians and policy makers in Westminster. Andy is working with local Conservative Councillors to secure funding to refurbish Camberwell Baths. With two Woolworth shops closing in Camberwell and Peckham everyone can see the effects that Gordon Brown is having on our local high streets. Andy is campaigning for a loan guarantee scheme so that banks will start lending to local businesses again and help them through the tough economic times. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stranack_Andy.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/andy-stranack.ashx http://www.camberwellpeckhamconservatives.co.uk Camberwell and Peckham andy@stranack.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:03:30 Alex Story Alex is the Prospective Conservative Party candidate for the Parliamentary seat of Wakefield, Yorkshire. He represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1996, won the reputed Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race twice in 1997 and 1998, and was indoor European Champion and World Record holder with Sir Steven Redgrave and Sir Mattew Pinsent in 1994. His carreer at top level sport was shortened due to a heavy back injury in 1999. He is the 2012 Olympic Watchdog  spokesman for the Taxpayers' Alliance, a think tank which lobbies for lower taxes and better government.  Having been forced to give up his passion for rowing, he redirected his energies to serve his country in a different way. He joined the Conservative Party in 1999 due to his view on Europe and William Hague's common sense. Alex grew up in in Fontainebleau, France. His mother is Austrian. His father is English. It is this very cosmopolitan upbringing that allowed him to treasure England's democratic and civil traditions. He set his sights on defending them. He has worked in the world of news production, whether print or broadcast, since 2003. With his brother Nick, he set up Story Productions, a business documentary production company. He also worked as a financial reporter for Dow Jones newswires and as an assistant producer for CNBC, the business channel. In 2005, he wrote the concept for an online political TV station. This became the basis for Britain's first political online TV channel, 18 Doughty Street. The aim of the channel was to counter the acknowledged left-wing liberal bias in the UK broadcast media. The station still broadcasts. He stood for parliament in Denton Reddish, by Manchester. He stopped the 20 year decline of the Conservative vote in the area and managed to get a near 4% swing in his favour, nearly 4 times the national average. In July 2007, he was selected by the Wakefield Conservative party. He is married and has two children. Alex is a no-nonsense Conservative. He believes in personal responsibility, low taxes, local democracy, light regulation, hard work, family, tough border controls, law order and the United Kingdom. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Story_Alex.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/alex-story.ashx http://www.alexstory.co.uk Wakefield alex.story@alexstory.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:03:23 Campbell Storey Campbell is 33 and grew up in Newbiggin, where his parents ran the Bakery. He went to Windsor First School, the Middle School, and then to Hirst High.  He went from Hirst High to university and did a degree in History. After University he worked for a travel company in Gosforth doing their IT, then set up his own IT company based in Newbiggin. He did this for three years before taking a break and began writing a PhD at Newcastle University and working part time in Cramlington doing business analysis. He has worked in politics since 2006. To relax he enjoys cooking, reading, watching the curious fortunes of Newcastle United unfold, and, at the expense of quite a few plants, he is learning to garden. He works for the Conservative Shadow Home Office Team. He writes policy, does research into home affairs issues and coordinates the shadow team. He works in London during the week and is at home in the North-East most weekends. He became the Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman in Wansbeck in 2008. The Parliamentary constituency of Wansbeck covers the old Wansbeck District Council area but also Morpeth. Campbell is campaigning to change Wansbeck. Wansbeck is a great area with bags of potential but it needs more jobs. There is a fantastic tradition of public service in the area, built up by the Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers and other public servants who contribute to the life of Wansbeck's communities. However, the area also needs to create some more wealth to fill up those business parks with thriving new companies - that priority underlines everything Campbell will campaign for. He also wants to make sure that Wansbeck keeps its Accident and Emergency Department. The local NHS want to build a new emergency medical facility in Cramlington. There may be merit in this idea but Wansbeck should be asking some very serious questions about the prospect of losing A at the Wansbeck. Campbell wants to hear from you, so if you've any ideas about changing Wansbeck for the better, then please get in touch. You can email him at Campbell@changewansbeck.com http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Storey_Campbell.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/campbell-storey.ashx http://www.changewansbeck.com Wansbeck campbell@changewansbeck.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:22 Rory Stewart Rory Stewart OBE DUniv served briefly as an officer in the British Army (the Black Watch), and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, studying history and PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics). He joined the British Diplomatic Service, and served in the British Embassy in Indonesia and, in the wake of the Kosovo campaign, as the British Representative in Montenegro. From 2000-2002 he walked on foot across Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal, a journey of 6000 miles. His walk across Afghanistan shortly after the US invasion is described in his award winning book, The Places in Between, a New York Times bestseller, translated into ten languages. In 2003, he became coalition Deputy Governor of two provinces in the Marsh Arab region of Southern Iraq (Maysan and Dhi Qar).  His second book, The Prince of the Marshes and Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq, outlines his experiences as deputy governor  shortly after coalition forces entered Iraq, and describes his efforts to lead development projects and establish a functional government. Rory has written for a range of publications including the New York Times, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and Granta. He has won a number of international awards for his writing, including from the Royal Society of Literature Oondaatje award (2004) to the Radio France award (2009). He has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire and became a Fellow of the Carr Centre at Harvard University. Rory lived in Kabul from 2006-2008, where he was the founder and Chief Executive of Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation investing in the development of Afghanistan's traditional crafts and the rehabilitation of the commercial heart of the old city of Kabul in order to preserve cultural heritage, improve living conditions and create economic opportunities. Rory was appointed to a professorial chair at Harvard University as the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights on 1st January 2009 and became Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.   He was elected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Penrith and the Border by an open-primary meeting (open to all registered voters, regardless of party) in October 2009. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stewart_Rory.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/rory-stewart.ashx http://www.rorystewart.co.uk Penrith and The Border None None
2010-04-01 11:03:21 Colin Stewart Dundee Conservatives have selected Colin Stewart as their candidate for Dundee West at the next general election. Colin is 34 and has lived in Dundee for the past 24 years. He grew up just off the Perth Road and was educated at Dundee High School. He now works in quality assurance for a prominent local medical diagnostics manufacturer, part of Dundee’s world-leading life sciences sector. Colin is Chairman of Dundee South Angus Conservatives and a member of the party’s Scottish Council. He has also served as Chairperson of Dundee-based charity The Friends of Baxter Park and as a committee member of the Stobswell Forum. He is currently a part-time student at Dundee University, and his areas of special political interest are the economy, education and the environment. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stewart_Colin.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/colin-stewart.ashx http://www.dundeeconservatives.com Dundee West colin@dundeeconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:18 Bob Stewart Bob comes from a Service background.  His mother was a Special Operations Executive operative and his father was a signaller in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.  Thereafter they met and married in Germany and his father became a regular RAF officer in peacetime.  He spent his early childhood with them at RAF stations in the UK and Middle East before being sent away to boarding school. Red/green colour blind he was not able to follow his father into the RAF's Flying Branch so joined the Army. After RMA Sandhurst he became an infantry officer and joined the Cheshire Regiment.  In 1974 the Army selected him to go to university as an in-service degree officer at the University of Wales where he took a First.  In total he completed over 3 years on operational tours in Northern Ireland.  In 1992 - 93 he was British United Nations Commander in Bosnia.  After Bosnia he was awarded the DSO.  His last international appointment was as Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.  He left the Army in 1996.  For 3 years he was Senior Consultant for Public Affairs at Hill Knowlton (UK) Ltd.  In 1998 he became Managing Director of WorldSpace (UK) Ltd with responsibility for establishing satellite broadcasting worldwide. For the last 8 years he has been a freelance writer, broadcaster and lecturer. ==Bob's Experience== Bob has been involved in politics, in one way or another, for a long time, having met and or briefed every prime minister since Ted Heath in the early 1970's. In the Army all his staff jobs were either in the Ministry of Defence or at NATO headquarters where day-to-day life was highly political. After the Army he was a political consultant dealing with Westminster for three years.  He has spoken five times at various Conservative Party conferences - including opening the main Defence debate. In 2005 he spent some time helping his friend, Adam Holloway MP, in his successful bid to take Gravesham constituency from the Labour Party. Bob was also a 'Talking Head' for the Ministry of Defence for seven years. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stewart_Bob.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/bob-stewart.ashx http://www.beckenhamconservatives.com Beckenham bobstewart22@blueyonder.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:03:17 Iain Stewart Iain is the Parliamentary Candidate for the new constituency of Milton Keynes South. Parliament currently operates on different constituency boundaries. I was born in September 1972 and grew up in Hamilton in central Scotland. My parents are now both retired – my dad was a computer systems analyst and my mum worked for Marks Spencer. I went to Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow. I first moved to Milton Keynes in 1993 for my first job after graduating from Exeter University with an honours degree in politics. I was a trainee accountant with Coopers Lybrand in Central Milton Keynes and lived in Walnut Tree, which forms part of the new Milton Keynes South constituency. I now live in Tattenhoe and commute daily by train from Bletchley to my job in central London. I work in the Board Practice of the Executive Search firm, Odgers, Ray Berndtson. A regular, if sometimes reluctant (!), runner, I enjoy competing in marathons and other long distance runs both to keep fit and raise money for good causes. I have run the London Marathon and the MK half-marathon, supporting Macmillan Cancer Relief, MK SNAP and Sportsaid. In the little spare time I have left after my political duties and earning a living, I enjoy going to the gym, watching films and plays, and generally just chilling out with friends. I am also teaching myself (with a little help from Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver) to be a better cook. I don’t think I’ve made any of my friends or family ill yet….! ==Iain Stewart's Experience== I don’t come from a particularly political family (although my uncle is involved in the Henley Labour Party!). I got interested in current affairs when a student and realised that politics was central to most of the key issues in life. After studying the subject, I formed my own views on the key issues of the day and decided that I wanted to stand up and argue for them, rather than shouting from the sidelines. In addition, I want to be an MP so I can give something back to the community. I’ve been lucky in life. I come from a strong and loving family, and been given a good education. I’m fit and healthy, and able to make the most of life’s opportunities. Not everyone is as fortunate and I want to be able to do something to assist those who need a helping hand. I think I can most usefully do this by being an MP. That’s one of the reasons why I am a member of my local parish council – Shenley Brook End Tattenhoe, representing the Emerson Valley ward. I enjoy working with my fellow councillors to improve the quality of life for local residents. I am particularly supportive of the Council's objective to improve the range of sporting opportunities and other amenities for local kids. For more information on the work of the parish council, please look at its website http://www.shenleybrookend-pc.gov.uk I cut my campaigning teeth by standing in the Glasgow Rutherglen constituency in the first Scottish Parliament elections in 1999. I knew I didn’t have much chance of winning (Glasgow not being the most fertile territory for Conservatives!) but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and, in the end, 2,315 people voted for me. Since standing for the first time in Milton Keynes, I have reduced the Labour Party’s majority from over 10,000 to 4,000, and I was quickly selected by local Conservatives after the last election to contest the new seat of Milton Keynes South at the next general election. I am a seasoned political campaigner and have built up an excellent knowledge of the issues that affect the lives of local people. I used to run a research unit in Westminster which provides a detailed analysis of Government legislation for its clients, which includes members of the Shadow Cabinet. I have also written a number of articles and books on political issues. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stewart_Iain.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Stewart%20Iain.ashx http://www.ias4mks.com Milton Keynes South iainastewart@hotmail.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:15 Liz Stevenson Liz went to Monmouth Comprehensive School and grew up in the Forest of Dean on the Welsh borders, with its beautiful woodlands and rich industrial heritage.  Liz now lives in London with her husband Richard. ==Liz's Experience== Liz works at the London Stock Exchange in corporate communications.  At work she campaigns to improve the business environment for British business, working to create the right conditions for growth and jobs.   Liz has a proven track record in serving local residents and was a District Councillor in Hertfordshire between 2004-2008.  In her spare time she enjoys walking in the Brecon Beacons and likes running, having completed the London Marathon in 2009, raising money for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.     ==Campaigning in Blaenau Gwent== Liz's top priorities are: Jobs for Blaenau Gwent  Labour's recession has led to 21,000 jobs being lost in Wales in a year.  Unemployment has risen by 12% in Blaenau Gwent in the last 12 months.    Only the Conservatives will act to boost jobs by reducing red tape and business taxes ; Tackling anti-social behaviour  Action is needed to tackle anti-social behaviour, particularly in our Town Centres. ; http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stevenson_Liz.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/liz-stevenson.ashx None Blaenau Gwent None None
2010-04-01 11:03:12 John Stevenson John is the Parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Carlisle. John was educated in Aberdeen and graduated from Dundee Law College with Honours in History and Politics. He then studied law at Chester before qualifying as a Solicitor. He is presently a partner in the law firm Bendles based in the centre of Carlisle. John lives on the edge of the city of Carlisle. ==John Stevenson's Experience== John has been heavily involved in Carlisle and North Cumbria politics for nearly 15 years. He has been chairman of the Carlisle Constituency Association as well as Penrith and the Border. He is presently the chairman of the North Cumbria Conservatives which is a federation of the four North Cumbria Constituencies. John has also been a Councillor on the Carlisle City Council since 1999. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stevenson_John.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/John-Stevenson.ashx None Carlisle woodvilla@btinternet.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:11 Andrew Stephenson Andrew lives in Colne, in the heart of Pendle and is currently a self-employed insurance consultant running a small business in Greater Manchester.  The pressures of working six days a week and running a business in the current economic climate ensures Andrew is well aware of the pressures small businessmen across Pendle face. Andrew is involved in numerous community groups across Pendle and serves as a school governor at an infant school in Nelson.  In his spare time he enjoys walking and in 2008 he took part in a trek along the Great Wall of China personally raising over £5,000 for charity. ==Andrew's Experience== Andrew campaigned vigorously against the controversial shake-up of hospital services which saw the removal of blue-light emergency services from Burnley General Hospital on 1st November 2007. He has also spoken out against the loss of hospital beds in East Lancashire, the lack of NHS dentists and local health service cutbacks during the past three years. In 2006/2007 Andrew spoke out against the proposed cuts to the local fire service, which saw the loss of a fire engine in Colne and one in Barnoldswick. He also conducted a major survey of residents views on crime and anti-social behavior across Pendle during which over 35,000 "We Do Not Buy or Sell at this Door" cards were provided free to local residents. Working alongside Pendle's Conservative Councillors in 2007, Andrew campaigned against the local Lib Dems proposals to merge Pendle and Burnley Councils. Following his campaign this costly proposal, which would have seen decision making become even more remote from local residents, was rejected by the Government. He has also slammed Pendle Lib Dems above inflation council tax increases - 4.95% in 2007 and 4.95% in 2008 - which have hit pensioners and those on fixed incomes the hardest. During 2008, Andrew led the fight against Labour's plans to close a further six of Pendle's sub-Post Offices as part of their latest cost-cutting exercise in the organisation. He launched a petition which collected over 4,000 signatures against the cuts and lobbied East Lancashire's Labour MP's to suspend the closure programme. Sadly the cuts still went ahead, bringing the number of Pendle's Post Offices closed since Labour came to power in 1997 to 16 branches. Andrew has also highlighted the appalling state of many local roads and footpaths, and pushed for extra investment from Lancashire County Council.  In June 2009, the Conservatives took control of Lancashire County Council for the first time in 28 years and since then Andrew has been working closely with Pendle's County Councillors to ensure the area gets a fair deal. Andrew believes the most important role of an MP is to represent their constituents and to work hard to resolve local problems. That's why Andrew is working with residents at a very local level to help fight for the local community on the issues that matter most to them.  He also keeps residents up to date with a regular "Pendle Matters" newsletters focusing on local issues.  http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stephenson_Andrew.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Stephenson%20Andrew.ashx http://www.pendleconservatives.com Pendle pendle@tory.org None
2010-04-01 11:03:09 Andrea Stephenson Andrea is 29 and lives and works in the Lothians. Employed as an Operations Co-ordinator in the political field, Andrea is involved in working with elected representatives and the public, which puts her in a unique position to help residents of Linlithgow and East Falkirk. Before working in politics, Andrea trained in stage management at the Guildford School of Acting. She worked freelance in theatre and event management on projects which included tours of schools young offenders units, as well as diversity work with a black theatre company. She also spent a year as a university lecturer. In her spare time Andrea enjoys travel, horse riding, writing short stories and poetry and is learning to scuba dive. If elected as your representative, Andrea will work full time for local people. She is a strong believer in giving chances to young people and families, as well as better care and resources for the elderly. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stephenson_Andrea.aspx None http://www.linlithgowmatters.com Linlithgow and East Falkirk andrea.stephenson@scottishconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:03:05 Matthew Stephens Since becoming the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Don Valley, Matt has spent considerable time getting to know the needs of the community and how he can best serve the constituency. His passion is to create partnerships with the Third sector (charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises), schools, community groups and local government to provide facilities for young people to stem the level of crime, violence and anti-social behaviour on the streets and on public transport. He is aiming to visit every school and community group to listen to their issues and needs. Also as a small business owner Matt will do everything he can to support Don Valley’s local retailers and businesses. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stephens_Matthew.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/matthew-stephens.ashx http://www.matt-stephens.co.uk Don Valley matt@matt-stephens.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:03:04 Sir John Stanley Sir John was born in 1942. He won a Trevelyan Scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He later studied at Syracuse University, USA. He is married with two children. In 1984 Sir John was made a Privy Counsellor, and in 1988 he was knighted. Before his election to Parliament he was a senior Financial Executive with Rio Tinto Zinc. He was formerly a Research Associate of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and has also been a member of the Conservative Party`s Research Department with responsibility for Housing. While at the Institute for Strategic Studies, he undertook a major study of Western European defence industries and is the joint author of “The International Trade in Arms” (1971). He has had two pamphlets published by the Conservative Political Centre: “American Troops in Europe an anachronism or a necessity?” (1972); and a “Shared Purchase” (1974), which proposed a scheme to facilitate home ownership. ==Sir John Stanley's Experience== Sir John stood for Newton in 1970 and has been Member of Parliament for Tonbridge Malling since 1974. In March that year he was appointed a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on nationalised industries. He was Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee for Industry and Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee for Trade. From 1976 to 1979 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Thatcher MP, then leader of the Opposition. In 1979 he was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Construction, and in 1983 he was made Minister of State for the Armed Forces. Following the General Election of 1987 he was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Sir John has been a  Member of the House of Commons Select Committee for Foreign Affairs. He has also been Chairman of the Britain-Republic of Korea Parliamentary Group; Chairman of the Britain-Nepal Parliamentary Group; a Vice-Chairman of the Britain-Japan Parliamentary Group; and a Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Group on Child Abduction. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Stanley_Sir_John.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Stanley%20Sir%20John.ashx http://www.tcconservatives.com Tonbridge and Malling None Tonbridge and Malling
2010-04-01 11:03:03 Mark Spencer Mark is a farmer and a businessman, employing 50 People. His family have lived in Sherwood Nottinghamshire for four generations. He was born in 1970 and attended Lambley Primary School Col Frank Seeley Schools Calverton, before training at Shuttleworth Agricultural College Bedfordshire before joining the family farm business. His business interests include Spring Lane Farm Shop and Floralands Garden Village at Lambley. He is married to Claire they have two children. ==Mark Spencer's Experience== Mark First fought Hucknall Nottinghamshire County Council seat in 2001. He went on to win a Ravenshead Gedling District Council seat in 2003 and won Calverton Nottinghamshire County Council in 2005. In 2006 Mark was appointed Shadow Spokesman for Community Safety Partnerships for Nottinghamshire County Council. Mark currently represents the electorate of four Parish Councils; those of Ravenshead, Calverton, Woodborough Lambley. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Spencer_Mark.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Spencer%20Mark.ashx http://www.sherwoodconservatives.com Sherwood mark@sherwoodconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:57 Caroline Spelman View Caroline's expense claims (opens in a new window) Caroline joined Parliament in 1997 as one of only 34 new Conservative MPs elected when she won the West Midlands seat of Meriden. Born in 1958, she was educated at Herts and Essex Grammar School before reading European Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London. Fluent in French and German, she lived in Paris for six years where she worked in the sugar beet industry. It was while Caroline was living in Paris that she met her husband Mark, a partner at Accenture. They have three teenage children, Eleanor, David and Jonny. She fought the Parliamentary seat of Bassetlaw in 1992 whilst four months pregnant with her second child and with her first child in a pushchair. She also wrote a book on bio-fuels whilst on maternity leave with her first child. A natural supporter of David Cameron’s family friendly approach and the importance of family, Caroline has always been determined to balance her work life with her family and to that end her diary can cover the spectrum of Shadow Cabinet meetings, school parents’ evenings, public speaking engagements and standing on the touchline at sports matches in any one day. On the rare occasions Caroline has free time she is a keen gardener, an enthusiastic cook and an avid fan of cricket and rugby. She is a regular at Westminster Gym where her exercise of choice is spinning. Caroline has helped set up two charities; one which helps rehabilitate people with drug addictions through training and employment opportunities, and another which provides a refuge and support facility for victims of domestic abuse. ==POSITIONS HELD: == Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Bassetlaw constituency in the 1992 election; Member of Parliament for Meriden, May 1997 -; Conservative Party Whip, June 1998-June 1999; Conservative Party Spokesman on Health and Women’s Issues, June 1999-September 2001; Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and Shadow Minister for Women, 2003-2004; Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 2004-2007; Chairman of the Conservative Party, 2007- 2009; Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 2009 -; ==PROUDEST POLITICAL ACHIEVEMENT: == “The part I played in helping bring a young boy called Ali Ismael Abbas out of Iraq when he was left orphaned and critically injured in a missile attack. I worked closely with an inspirational man called Zafar Khan who is Chairman of the Limbless Association and we helped bring him to the UK for treatment.” ==INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF POLITICS: == Gardening; Rugby- in fact most sports!; Parliamentary Choir; Languages; ==FAMILY LIFE: == Married to Mark Spelman; Three children: Eleanor, David and Jonny; http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Spelman_Caroline.aspx None http://www.carolinespelman.com Meriden caroline@carolinespelman.com Meriden
2010-04-01 11:02:54 Anna Soubry Anna’s from Nottinghamshire having spent most of her childhood living in Clumber Park and going to the Hartland Comprehensive School in Worksop. For many years Anna worked in Television as a presenter and reporter on Central News East and Central Weekend. Anna also presented and reported for Heart of the Country, ITV’s “This Morning” and a number of other programmes on Channel 4 and BBC 1. Anna had originally trained to be a barrister and about twelve years ago, returned to the Bar. Anna now works as a criminal barrister based in Notingham. Like most barristers Anna both prosecutes and defends but largely defends. Anna is a single mother of two teenage daughters and when she has the time has a passion for gardening and cooking. ==Anna Soubry's Experience== Anna first joined the Conservative Party as a student at Birmingham University in the 1970’s. Anna was the first woman Conservative to be elected to the National Union of Students and went onto be the first Conservative Honorary President (Rector) of Stirling University. Anna left the Conservative Party in the early 1980’s and returned to the party in 2002. In 2003 she stood for Nottingham City Council and later that year was selected as the Parliamentary candidate for Gedling where in 2005 she and her team successfully reduced Labour’s majority by over 2,000. Anna was selected by Broxtowe Conservatives in July 2006. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Soubry_Anna.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Soubry%20Anna.ashx http://www.broxtoweconservatives.com Broxtowe annasoubry@broxtoweconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:53 Nicholas Soames Nicholas was born in 1948. He was educated at Eton College and Mons Officer Cadet School. He is the son of The Late Lord Soames and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. He is married with two sons and a daughter. He was commissioned into the 11th Hussars [PAO] and served in Germany and the United Kingdom from 1967-1972 and was subsequently Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales KG. He later worked as a stockbroker before becoming Personal Assistant to Sir James Goldsmith in 1974, where he gained valuable experience in the manufacturing, service and finance industries. Nicholas spent two and a half years on the staff of a United States Senator in Washington D.C. and from 1977 for four years was a Director of a firm at Lloyds of London. He is a Trustee of the Amber Foundation and he sits on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. He is President of the Conservative Middle East Council, Co-Chair of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, he sits on the Court of the University of Sussex and he is Honorary Colonel of the Bristol University Officers Training Corps. His hobbies include reading, racing and country pursuits. He has travelled widely. ==Nicholas Soames' Experience== Nicholas fought Central Dumbartonshire at the 1979 General Election. He was Member of Parliament for Crawley from 1983 until 1997. He won Mid Sussex in 1997 and increased his majority to 6,898 in 2001. Nicholas was re-elected in 2005 with an increased share of the vote. Nicholas has specialist knowledge in the fields of defence, Europe, international affairs, trade and industry, aviation and the countryside. He was Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1992-1994 and Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994-1997. From 2003 to May 2005, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and as a member of the Shadow Cabinet. He is a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges. ==Campaigning in Mid Sussex== For information on Nicholas's work on behalf of the residents of Mid Sussex please visit his website . http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Soames_Nicholas.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Members%20of%20Parliament/nicholas-soames.ashx http://www.nicholassoames.org.uk Mid Sussex nicholas.soames@msca.org.uk Mid Sussex
2010-04-01 11:02:52 Chloe Smith On Friday 24th July 2009, Chloe won the Norwich North by-election with a majority of 7,348.  Chloe was born in 1982 in Kent and her family moved to Norfolk when she was three.  Two other generations of the Smith family live in West Norfolk and have started and loved managing small businesses.  Teaching also runs in the family.  Chloe attended primary and secondary school in Norfolk and read English Literature at York University.  ==Experience == Chloe has been an active volunteer since she was a youngster. When she was sixteen, Chloe set up a Youth Forum for Norfolk.  Chloe has always strongly believed that people are enterprising, responsible and imaginative, and she makes a point of supporting schemes which help people train, network and learn from others.  Recently, Chloe set up a mentoring scheme to help get more women into politics. She has also been a member of the TimeTogether scheme which helps refugees in the UK find their feet and contribute to British life. She is an active charity volunteer, having set out to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in 2006 for the British Heart Foundation and Leukaemia Research and having completed fundraising challenges for Norwich charities such as Liveability John Grooms Court.  She is Patron of YMCA Norfolk and the Inspire Hands-On Science Centre in Norwich, as well as Honorary Vice President of the Norfolk and Norwich Novi Sad Association.  She is a school governor of a primary school in the city. Chloe formerly worked for a leading international firm which advises private businesses, government departments and public bodies. ==Campaigning in Norwich North== Chloe is proud to have been Norwich North's new MP since last July's by-election.  As a new MP, she brought enthusiasm and energy to the role and has the ideas and commitment to carry on serving you.  She has spoken out in Westminster on matters including transport, business, education, social care and support for Territorial Army troops.  She works tirelessly for local people at home and is pushing for better roads and rail, decent local services and much more. Chloe's key campaign pledges are to: Continue serving you in Norwich and Westminster as your hardworking local MP ; Help families and businesses in Norwich North through the recession    ; Carry on standing up for services in Norwich North including roads and rail, housing, health facilities, schools and colleges, police on the streets and help for the elderly ; Remain approachable and accountable if re-elected as your local MP. ; ==Outside politics== A Norfolk girl, Chloe lives in Norwich and enjoys cycling and playing badminton at a city club in her spare time.  Chloe passionately enjoys the arts.  http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Smith_Chloe.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Members%20of%20Parliament/chloe-smith2.ashx http://www.chloesmith.org.uk Norwich North chloe@chloesmith.org.uk Norwich North
2010-04-01 11:02:50 Julian Smith Julian was born in 1971 in Stirling, he was brought up in a remote hill farming village and his childhood revolved around sport and music. A junior international squash player, he also reached grade 8 on violin and piano. He was educated at a local comprehensive and received a sixth form bursary to Millfield School, Somerset. After leaving school, Julian was asked to coach a squash team in Perpignan, France prior to attending Birmingham University where he read English and History. Julian set up Arq International in the front room of his flat in 1999 - it has now become a leader in its field of executive recruiting working with financial institutions throughout the world. Julian is a former board member of the Hoxton Apprentice, a leading training restaurant for young people and is involved with a number of other charities. Married to Amanda, Julian has returned to his family roots in North Yorkshire - he lives near Gargrave, Skipton. == Julian's experience== Julian Smith was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Skipton and Ripon in September 2009. The contest was an Open Primary meeting where all constituents were able to attend the final selection meeting and choose from four finalists. Julian has been actively involved in the Conservative party since 2006. He has been deputy Chairman of Bethnal Green and Bow in London. More recently he has co-authored the Arculus Report, an independent report on red tape and regulation commissioned by David Cameron and launched by Ken Clarke in May 2009. He has also advised shadow ministers on apprenticeships and education policy which included the introduction of Carol Vorderman to the party leading to the launch of the party's Maths Task Force.   ==Campaigning in Skipton and Ripon== Julian and the Conservatives in Skipton and Ripon are campaigning to expose Labour's decade of disrespect to rural constituencies and to show how only a Conservative government can deliver the change that rural Britain deserves. Julian has spent the past year meeting thousands of people from all walks of life in the constituency to understand their issues and needs. He has launched initiatives to stand up for local farmers, protect the environment and to make life easier for the thousands of small businesses in Skipton and Ripon. He is also working with youth groups and schools to engage with younger voters and to address the specific issues facing young people in rural Britain today. In addition, another priority for Julian is care for the elderly and in this regard he has met with key stakeholders in elderly care including individual care homes, GPs and care organisations. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Smith_Julian.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Julian-Smith.ashx http://www.votejuliansmith.com Skipton and Ripon juliansmith@skiptonandriponconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:49 Royston Smith Royston is the Deputy Leader of Southampton City Council. He sits in the Cabinet with responsibility for Economic Development and Regeneration. First elected to represent the Harefield Ward in the East of the city in 2000, he has since held many positions within Southampton City Council and on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority where he is the Chairman. Royston's background is rooted in aeronautical engineering; he spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force flying as ground engineer with the Nimrod maritime reconnaissance fleet before taking up a position with British Airways in 1990. Royston lives in the Peartree Ward with his family and spends his free time in the gym or playing tennis. ==Royston's Experience== Royston has a wealth of experience. Having served in the military, worked in the private sector and spent nearly 10 years as the councillor for the Harefield Ward his experience is varied. Royston is a governor of the Mayfield Academy and the Southampton Solent University. He is a Director of Business Southampton and sits on both the Southampton port and airport consultative committees. ==Campaigning in Southampton Itchen== Royston has been campaigning to get Southampton a fair deal. He campaigned for Itchen College when John Denham withdrew the funding and he has campaigned tirelessly to protect Southampton's estate regeneration programme and to get investment into Woolston High Street. Royston keeps himself closely involved in life in his constituency from putting up bird boxes in the Sholing Valleys to joining local people to clear litter from the beach at Chessel Bay. He is incredibly accessible. In 2006 he attempted to contact all 10,000 constituents in his ward, a feat he very nearly achieved. These days he holds a surgery in Bitterne library and supplements that with numerous street surgeries throughout the year. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Smith_Royston.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/royston-smith.ashx http://www.roystonsmith.co.uk Southampton, Itchen royston@roystonsmith.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:02:48 Henry Smith Henry is a Crawley resident and elected representative. Married to Jennifer, who is a local Borough Councillor and previously worked for the NHS, they have a young daughter and son. He likes to spend what spare time there is with family. Other listed interests include vexillology and skiing. He runs his own property investment business based from Crawley. In 2005 Henry co-authored Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party which argues for far greater devolution of real decision making power to people, locally elected bodies and Parliament. ==Henry Smith's Experience== Henry has been Leader of West Sussex County Council since 2003 when at 34 he became the youngest county leader in the country. He is also Chairman of the South East County Leaders group, which represents all counties across the greater south east. First elected as a County Councillor from Crawley in 1997, in addition he has previously been a Crawley Borough Councillor as well as Governor at The Oaks, The Brook and Oriel High schools in the town. Henry was the Crawley Conservative Parliamentary Candidate at the last General Election where he received the highest national swing from Labour to Conservative (over 8.5%), reducing the Labour majority from 6,770 to just 37 – making Crawley the most marginal constituency in the country. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Smith_Henry.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Smith%20Henry.ashx http://www.henrysmith.info Crawley henry4crawley@aol.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:46 Janice Small For 20 years Janice has run a small business in media in marketing working in pharmaceutical, automotive, financial services, media, children's entertainment and politics.  She has worked as a business development consultant to build businesses and specialised in salesforce motivational schemes. She has two teenage sons, Rupert and Nicholas.  She describes herself as a 'Rugby Mum' and can be found several times a week cheering from the touchlines at her sons' schools and rugby club.  She is looking forward to learning about rugby league in Yorkshire and being convinced that the ball isn't going in the wrong direction. At the last general election Janice worked as regional press officer with Michael Howard and 26 PPCs across the south east region.  She has also worked for MPs Tim Yeo, Nick Hurd and Adam Holloway, MEP Edward McMillan-Scott and advises on electoral reform in our devolved legislatures. ==Janice's Experience== Janice's experience spans working with Michael Howard and the Shadow Cabinet as a regional press officer for the south east region; political advisor to the Conservative ruling group for Medway Unitary Authority; member of her local association's Local Government Advisory Committee; press officer for David Davis's freedom by-election campaign; organising conference fringe events on constitutional affairs, Women and the Vote, green issues; energy; nuclear power and the Sustainable Communities Act. She campaigns to protect the greenbelt from concrete creep and development on the cheap; to Axe the Tax at the Dartford Tunnel; to improve pensioners' standards of living and care and to restore our Military Covenant. ==Campaigning in Batley and Spen== The No 1 issue at the moment is the BSF plans and the Lib/Lab pact to undermine efforts by the Conservatives to give parents a choice and say in their children's education.  I am supporting the Conservative councillors and local people to give them choice.  Conservatism is about choice as parents know what is best for their children, not politicians. As a small business owner Janice is well aware of the recession and its impact on local businesses. Over the coming months she will be pressing for local businesses to get the help and support they need from government and the banks.  She will also be setting up a 'Job Club' to help those who are unemployed offering a CV clinic and to act as a matchmaker between local vacancies and the unemployed. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Small_Janice.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/janice-small.ashx http://www.batleyandspenconservatives.com Batley and Spen janice4batley@aol.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:42 Chris Skidmore Chris was born and grew up in Longwell Green and now lives in Bitton. His family have lived in the local area of Kingswood for generations. Before entering politics, Chris worked briefly in journalism for the People Magazine and as a historical researcher, before going on to write his first book, a biography of the Tudor king Edward VI in 2007. Chris has continued to write, publishing his second book, Death and the Virgin in 2010. He currently teaches history part-time at Bristol University. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing the guitar and going to music concerts (as a Bob Dylan fan, he's seen him four times!). ==Chris' Experience== Chris has been an active member of the Conservative Party since 1996. He has worked as the Conservative Party's Education Adviser and is a former Chairman of the Bow Group. In Kingswood, Chris is actively involved in a number of charities and organisations, including being a governor of the Grange School and a trustee of the Kingswood Young Homeless Project. Chris also volunteers his time to help out at Cossham Hospital. Chris believes in directly standing up for and strengthening local communities; committed to helping local people, he established the Kingswood Jobs Club to help local people find work, set up the Barrs Court Residents Association and also helped set up the Cadbury Heath Pensioners' Lunch Club. ==Campaigning in Kingswood== As a local man, Chris has been absolutely determined to campaign on key local issues that matter to the community. These include defending our greenbelt from the Labour government's plans to build thousands of homes on greenbelt land across Mangotsfield, Siston and Warmley, Oldland Common and Longwell Green. Chris has run several high profile campaigns and petitions opposing any development on greenbelt land. Chris has also campaigned for better NHS services, and ensuring that we get the best possible facilities at Frenchay hospital. Chris believes that the downgrading of Frenchay Hospital is an indictment of Labour's record on the NHS in our local area. Chris has also run a series of campaigns to preserve and protect local community facilities. These included a campaign to save Hill Street Post Office in Kingswood from closure, and a successful campaign to keep Warmley Pharmacy open. Chris' most recent campaigns include saving the 632 bus route and fighting government's cuts to South Gloucestershire pensioners' bus passes. Chris has also been running a campaign to save the Lamb Pub in Cadbury Heath from closure.     http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Skidmore_Chris.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/chrisskidmore.ashx http://www.chrissskidmore.com Kingswood chris@chrisskidmore.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:41 David Skelton David was born in 1978 in Consett, County Durham. He went to school at nearby Consett Moorside Comprehensive School before moving on to sixth for at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School. He studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull's world renowned politics Department, where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Since leaving University, David has worked in both politics and business. He has worked for both the Rt. Hon William Hague MP and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, involved in the development of policies to improve the supply of affordable housing and help tackle the scourge of homelessness. David has forged a successful career in business, working for one of the UK's biggest and most respected management consultancy firms. Outside of politics, David enjoys following football and cricket. He can often be seen at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland or the Riverside Ground in Durham. He is a keen participant in a number of sports and a passionate music fan. ==Campaigning in North Durham== David was born and brought up locally and shares the hopes and aspirations of the people of North Durham for their area. The people of North Durham have been badly let down by a Labour Government and a Labour Party they have placed so much faith in. The Labour Party in North Durham have taken local people for granted. As a progressive Conservative, David is running as a real alternative for the people of North Durham - illustrating Labour's broken promises and showing how the Conservatives share the aspirations of local people. Major issues David is leading campaigns on in the constituency include: Taking action about rising unemployment in the constituency. Unemployment has increased by over 80% in the last year alone and the Government seem powerless to do anything to help local people and businesses.; Opposing Home Office plans to cut back on local Police numbers as crime is rising.; The need for action about the anti social behaviour that is forcing local businesses to leave shopping centres and terrifying local residents; Examples of Labour's failure to provide good public services include: The 78 year old woman having to travel over 30 miles to the nearest residential care home to see her frail husband; Under performing schools letting down parents and children in the constituency; Only 'average' cleanliness in a hospital that was only opened four years ago; Post Office closures in the constituency; A complacent Labour Party has let down the people of North Durham for long enough. David represents a real alternative and the chance for genuine change in the constituency. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Skelton_David.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/david-skelton.ashx None North Durham davidskeltonfornorthdurham@gmail.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:39 Gurcharan Singh Gurcharan, married to Rajinder, a State Registered Nurse, with three children all went to local comprehensive schools, has lived in Southall since early seventies. He had a varied career, initially worked for British rail then with Civil Service as a Tax Officer. He then moved on to become a self employed and finally worked with young adults of 16 to 25 age group suffering with drug addiction, mental illness and alcohol addiction. His main interests are reading, watching films and whatever time left after politics, to be with his family. Gurcharan became a councillor in the London Borough of Ealing in 1982 and occupied following positions: 1988/90 1994/96 Chairman of Housing Committee; 1997/98 Chairman of Planning Committee; 1998/2000 Chairman of Recycling and Waste Committee; 2000/2002 Cabinet Member of Environmental Improvement and Deputy Leader of the Council; 2002/03 Deputy Mayor, London Borough of Ealing; 2003/04 Mayor, London Borough of Ealing when he raised £35k for his charities which included Parkinson's Decease and Meadow House Hospice at The Ealing Hospital among others.; Gurcharan's main priorities are: The National Health Service (particularly services at Ealing Hospital); Services to the elderly; Crime reduction.; http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Singh_Gurcharan.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/gurcharan-singh.ashx http://www.gsinghonline.com Ealing, Southall gs@gurcharansingh.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:02:38 Keith Simpson View Keith's expense claims (opens in a new window) Keith was born in 1949. He was educated at Thorpe Grammar School, Norfolk, the University of Hull, and undertook post-graduate research in War Studies at King’s College, London. He is married to Pepita, daughter of Norman Hollingsworth. They have one son. As a military historian, Keith has been Director of Cranfield Security Studies Institute, Cranfield University, and a Senior Lecturer in War Studies and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is author of five books on military history. ==Keith Simpson's Experience== Keith was National Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students from 1972 to 1973. He was Head of Foreign Affairs and Defence at Conservative Central Office from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990, he was Political Adviser to the Secretaries of State for Defence, George Younger, and Tom King. He was the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Devonport in 1992. At the 1997 General Election, Keith was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk with a majority of 1,336. In July 1997 he was appointed to the Conservative Parliamentary Defence Committee. In June 1998 he was appointed a frontbench defence spokesman. From June 1999 to June 2001, he was an Opposition Whip responsible for Treasury, Home Affairs and Health. He was subsequently appointed Shadow Agriculture Spokesman in October 2001. From 2002 to 2005, he was Shadow Minister for Defence; since May 2005, he has served as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Simpson_Keith.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Simpson%20Keith.ashx http://www.keithsimpson.com Broadland keithsimpson@broadlandconservatives.com Mid Norfolk
2010-04-01 11:02:27 Graham Simpson Journalist Graham is the Conservative councillor for East Kilbride West. The 44-year-old dad-of-two lives in East Kilbride with his wife and two daughters. He said: "Labour came to power promising to clean up politics. They haven't done that.They told us they were going to save the NHS. They haven't done that. And they vowed to overhaul education. They certainly haven't done that. The only party that can fix the mess is the Conservatives and I'll be fighting to persuade people in this area of that between now and the general election." http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Simpson_Graham.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/Scotland/graham-simpson.ashx None East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow None None
2010-04-01 11:02:26 Mark Simmonds View Mark's expense claims (opens in a new window) Mark was born in 1964 and is married to Lizbeth with two daughters, Oriana and Isabella, and a son, Oliver. He was educated at Worksop college and went on to read Urban Estate Surveying at Trent University. Mark is a qualified chartered surveyor and worked as a surveyor at Savills from 1986-88 before moving on to be a Partner at Strutt and Parker from 1988-96. He then went on to be a Director at Hillier Parker from 1997-99 before setting up his own surveying practice. Mark interests outside politics include his family, historical literature, watching rugby and playing tennis. ==Mark Simmonds' Experience== Previous Political Experience Mark's previous political experience comes from his time as a Wandsworth Borough Councillor from 1990 until 1994. During this time he served as Chairman of the Property Committee from 1991-1992 and Chairman of the Housing Committee from 1992-1994. He was then selected as Parliamentary candidate for Ashfield in 1996, standing against Geoff Hoon in the 1997 General Election. In June 2001, Mark was elected as the Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness. Current Parliamentary Experience Since being elected to Parliament, Mark has been a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and also the Education and Skills Select Committee. He has also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Michael Ancram QC MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary from January 2002 before being promoted to the Frontbench. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Public Services, Health Education. In September 2004, he became a Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and from May 2005, served as Shadow Minister for International Development. In July 2007, he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for Health. His political interests include education, agriculture, health, foreign affairs and environmental issues. He is currently Secretary of the All Party Latin America Group.   http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Simmonds_Mark.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Simmonds%20Mark.ashx http://www.bostonskegnessconservatives.com/ Boston and Skegness bsconservatives@multidata.co.uk Boston and Skegness
2010-04-01 11:02:22 Gary Shores Gary was educated in a state comprehensive school. From here he studied science at Hull College of Further Education and graduated from Hull University with a chemistry degree" Gary has worked in and around the Hull area some of these being at: Holmes Hall Tanners, Smith and Nephew, Reckitt and Coleman and he has taught science at Endeavour secondary school and he is still teaching full time. In 2007 Gary was elected on to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council as a councillor to represent Minster and Woodmansey ward, which he is very proud to do so. In any spare time Gary has in between working full time and council business he is a fare weather golfer. ==Gary's Experience== Following the 2007 local elections in the east Riding of Yorkshire Gary was appointed on to the Eastern Area Planning committee, Social and Wellbeing committee and the Environment and Transport committee. In 2008 he was vice chairman of the Environment and Transport committee. ==Campaigning in West Hull and Hessle== Prior to being adopted Gary has had a high profile locally campaigning against Post Office closures, the development of land for a drive through restaurant. He also is active in supporting the local MP on a range on issues including car parking charges. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Shores_Gary.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/gary-shores.ashx http://www.whhconservatives.com Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle whhadmin@hullconservatives.co.uk None
2010-04-01 11:02:21 Richard Shepherd Richard was born at Aberdeen in 1942 and educated at the London School of Economics and at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Bologna. He is a Founder/Director of a retail food business in London, and he was an underwriting Member of Lloyd's from 1974 to 1994. ==Richard Shepherd's Experience== In 1971 he was appointed member of the South East Economics Planning Council and served on the Environmental and Trade and Industry Committees. In the General Election of October 1974 he was personal assistant to the Member of Parliament for Glasgow Cathcart, Edward Taylor. Richard unsuccessfully contested Nottingham East in February 1974 but was elected Member of Parliament for Aldridge Brownhills in May 1979. He is a member of the Conservative Group for Europe and the European Reform Group. In 1979 he became a member of the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee; the Conservative Parliamentary European Affairs Committee; the Conservative Parliamentary Industry Committee and European Affairs Committee. He has been a member of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He has introduced four Private Member's Bills - the Crown Immunity Bill (1986), Protection of Official Information Bill (1988), the Referendum Bill on Maastricht (1992), and the Public Interest Disclosure Bill (The Whistleblowers Bill)(1997). In 1987 he won the Spectator's Award as Backbencher of the Year. In 1988 he won an award from the Campaign for Freedom of Information, and in 1989 was voted by colleagues, in a MORI poll, one of the ten most effective MPs. In November 1995 he won the Spectator's Award as Parliamentarian of the Year. He lost the Whip in November 1994 following a vote on the European Communities (Finance) Bill, but had it returned four months later. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Shepherd_Richard.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Shepherd%20Richard.ashx http://www.aldridgebrownhills.org.uk Aldridge-Brownhills margaretasalt@tory.org Aldridge Brownhills
2010-04-01 11:02:19 Alec Shelbrooke Alec was born in 1976 and has lived in the constituency since 1999 after taking a job with the University of Leeds. Alec is a Mechanical Engineer by profession and graduated from Brunel University with honours in 1998. He has since then established a career in project management at the University of Leeds. Alec's parents are teachers and he was educated at a comprehensive school. Alec says his interest in politics began at a young age by the then Conservative Governments policy to free up schools. Alec is the first member of his family to stand for a political party and his interest and commitment to core conservative principles has continued alongside a desire to improve his local community. Alec's favourite pastimes are football, motor racing, cricket and music and he still plays 5 a-side football. ==Alec Shelbrooke's Experience== Alec knows the constituency very well having lived there since 1999. He was a campaign manager during the 2001 General Election and has fought four local elections. He was elected to Leeds City Council in 2004 and re-elected with an increased majority in 2006, representing the Harewood ward. Within the constituency Alec was Deputy Chairman of the association from 2001 to 2004. Alec was also the parliamentary candidate for the Wakefield constituency during the 2005 General Election, gaining a swing double that of the West Yorkshire average. He was delighted to have been chosen as the candidate his home seat and looks forward to campaigning in the whole of the constituency and representing the people in it, as he has done in the ward he represents. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Shelbrooke_Alec.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Shelbrooke%20Alec.ashx http://www.elmetandrothwell.com Elmet and Rothwell conservatives@elmetandrothwell.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:18 Paul Shea Paul is Founding Partner of Beechbrook Capital, a specialist fund management business based in London. He was educated at Tonbridge School, Kent before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford. He is married with a young daughter and was born in Newcastle before living in Whitby, Southend, Bath, Sevenoaks and London. ==Paul's Experience== Paul was selected as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for East Ham in July 2009. He was previously a member of Boris Johnson's successful Mayoral campaign team in 2008 and has extensive experience of campaigning in various constituencies. He is also Chairman of Conservative Business Relations for London and a member of City Future. As Chairman, Paul is responsible for engaging with businesses in London and discussing policy issues. Paul has travelled regularly to Africa with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Middle East and the Far East to meet new people and experience different cultures. ==Campaigning in East Ham== East Ham has a rapidly growing and enthusiastic team of supporters. The team are campaigning every week day and weekend. Council candidates are in place throughout the borough and Paul is working hard in the Royal Docks, Beckton and East Ham. The Association have an office on East Ham High Street and are working closely holding meetings with the local Tamil and Muslim communities The campaign is focusing on helping people that have been badly let down by a Labour MP, Labour Mayor and Labour Council. People in East Ham have been taken for granted and been left with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Paul has met with firemen, nurses, police, Imams, priests, Committee Leaders and many others to impress upon the people of East Ham that it is time for change. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Shea_Paul.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/paul-shea.ashx http://www.paulshea.org.uk East Ham paul4eastham@london.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:17 John Sharp John Sharp is originally from Stockton-on-Tees, moving to Sheffield in 1996 to study politics at the University of Sheffield.  He spent 8 years in the city, only moving because of work commitments to Wakefield in 2004.  He has worked for the country's leading plumbers merchants since 2000 joining as a management trainee. In 2006 he took a career break to undertake an MBA at Sheffield University, before returning to a management role in 2007. In 2006 he was elected a Councillor for Horbury South Ossett in Wakefield.  He previously held the Shadow Environment Portfolio, before resigning to focus on the Sheffield campaign. As Shadow Portfolio holder he worked closely with the corporate and service directors in the council and the Labour controlled cabinet.  As well as this role I am a member of: Regulations and Appeals Body for licensing; and Local Economy Overview and Scrutiny. John main political interests are the Environment in which we live, social mobility and securing a manufacturing base in the UK.  "The national government fails to understand that the economic base of the country, and Sheffield, is based on manufacturing and industry.  I believe the government and local MPs are not pushing hard enough to maintain and ultimately grow Sheffield's manufacturing base." "I am also a great believer in social mobility. Today this government has seen the massive reduction in the ability of working class children to move forward and up the social ladder.  I would push for a better standard of education, removing the barriers of entry based on families' social standing."  Like most Conservatives John believes in personal responsibility, low taxes, bureaucracy free living and common sense immigration. Outside of politics John has a keen interest in sport watching many sports from Football to Speedway.  However, since University his passion became Rugby League participating on and off the field gaining club colours for the University of Sheffield as well as being team captain and club secretary.  The last club he played for was Hoyland Vikings ARLFC in Barnsley before "retiring".  Currently players for the Parliamentary Rugby League team helping to promote Rugby League and fundraise for the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.  Apart from sport he enjoys reading; mainly non-fiction books, such as politics, history and biographies. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sharp_John.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/john-sharp.ashx None Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough None None
2010-04-01 11:02:15 Alok Sharma Alok is very much a local Reading man. He grew up in Earley and Whitley Wood and went to school in Reading. Alok is currently a governor of a local primary school in Reading and a keen supporter of local charities. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the advancement of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce which, amongst its objectives, supports environmental initiatives which move us towards a zero-waste society. Previously he served as a chairman of the political think tank Bow Group's economic affairs committee. Alok, a qualified chartered accountant, has a range of work experience from working on a factory production line, being a company auditor, tutoring university students, running a business and advising companies. Alok is married and lives in Reading Borough with his wife and two young daughters. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sharma_Alok.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Sharma%20Alok.ashx http://www.aloksharma.co.uk Reading West alok@readingwestconservatives.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:14 Grant Shapps View Grant's expense claims (opens in a new window) Grant was born and educated in Hertfordshire, attending Watford Grammar School. After studying Business in Manchester he returned home to found his own printing company, aged 21, and it is a business that thrives to this day. Grant is well-known as a hard-working, campaigning, constituency MP who has often led the fight on behalf of his Welwyn Hatfield constituents. In particular Grant fought a long battle against the closure of major hospital services in his area creating HospitalSOS; a cross-party campaign to highlight the closure of A and Maternity services at the QE2 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. Grant lives in his constituency and prides himself on being at the heart of the Welwyn Hatfield community. Grant is a strong believer in social justice and this has been a driving factor is his work to uncover the true extent of homelessness in Britain. Having researched and written various reports on the subject, Grant went on to highlight his concerns by sleeping rough on Christmas Eve 2007. During 2008 he helped the modern day Conservative Party follow in the footsteps of Ian MacLeod - who founded homeless charity Crisis in 1967 - by joining David Cameron to launch the Conservative Homelessness Foundation at Crisis HQ in London. The new Foundation will work with the Conservative Party to develop policies aimed at eradicating rough sleeping and addressing the wider issue of homelessness. With housing high on the national agenda, Grant believes that stability in family life and social structure begins at home and he has become a vocal critic of housing policy over the past ten years which has led to fewer homes of every type being built. Grant has written a number of reports, some of which are available on the right-hand side of this page under 'Downloadable documents'. Other reports can be found on Grant's website . ==POSITIONS HELD: == MP for Welwyn Hatfield, May 2005 –; Vice-Chairman of Conservative Party Campaigning, Dec 2005 -; Shadow Minister for Housing, June 2007 -; ==PROUDEST POLITICAL ACHIEVEMENT: == Founding the Conservative Homelessness Foundation ==INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF POLITICS: == Aviation (holds a pilot's licence) ==FAMILY LIFE: == Married to Belinda; Three children: Hadley and twins, Noa and Tabytha; http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Shapps_Grant.aspx None http://www.shapps.com Welwyn Hatfield grant@shapps.com Welwyn Hatfield
2010-04-01 11:02:13 Adeela Shafi Adeela was born in Bristol in 1972 and has lived and worked in Bristol all her life. Having attended the local schools and college Adeela went to Bristol University obtaining a degree in Psychology. She went back to lecture at Soundwell College at the age of 22 where she had obtained her A Levels just four years earlier. Currently, Adeela is lecturing at the University of the West of England in the Department of Education. In November 2007 Adeela received an award from Leeds Metropolitan University for Excellence in Education presented to her at the Asian Power100 Awards Since the age of 16 Adeela has involved herself in voluntary work starting off as a Youth Worker for a Charity Organisation in St Pauls Bristol for disadvantaged young girls.  She has continued her work in the community with voluntary supplementary schools working with them to train and deliver quality educational experiences for the children in their care.  Theresa May MP nominated Adeela for a prestigious award having visited the projects in Bristol. Following an earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 Adeela was instrumental in raising £117,000 in just 12 days for relief goods to go directly to the victims. Subsequently, she organised fine art auctions in Pakistan to raise funds for another £160,000 to rebuild a specific school destroyed in the earthquake.  For this work  Adeela was awarded a Recognition Award by the Government of Pakistan presented to her by Her Excellency Dr Maleeha Lodhi in March 2007. Adeela hopes to be an inspiration for more young people from all backgrounds and walks of life to join politics and is determined that she represent the interests of all people such as working parents who juggle a family and working life, students and young people who strive to do better and all those ordinary people who just want the best for themselves and their families. ==Adeela's Experience== Adeela became interested in politics after many people around her suggested she would make an excellent and refreshing MP. Because of her ability to recognise where things might have gone wrong and her 'let's do this' attitude meant that it was not long before a political career was beckoning. Adeela's political strength is her ability to put herself in the other person's position and see things from the inside rather than looking in on issues and making judgements from afar. Being known in the constituency before her selection, Adeela retains the sentiment of the ordinary person on the street which is part of her appeal to the electorate. ==Campaigning in Bristol East== Adeela has made real progress in engaging local people in Bristol East from young families in Children's Centres, older people through Age Concern Bristol, local secomdary schools, the police, businesses and the local fire and rescue services.  Having a joined up approach with local agencies, facilities and users means that the residents in Bristol East will get a better deal through improved communication in services. Adeela is working on a number of projects in Bristol East. Visit her website for further information. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Shafi_Adeela.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Legacy%20Images/PORTRAIT/Shafi%20Adeela.ashx http://www.adeelashafi.com Bristol East adeela@adeelashafi.com None
2010-04-01 11:02:11 Matthew Sephton Matthew was born and has lived in the North West all his life. A graduate of Economics and History, Matthew also holds diploma and postgraduate qualifications in Music and he went on to study for a PGCE following university. Since then he has worked as a Primary School Teacher and taken on the role of teacher governor as well. ==Matthew’s experience== Matthew first became actively involved with the Conservatives in 2002 when he worked closely with the campaign team in Lancaster. He served as Deputy Chairman (Political) of Lancaster CF and also as CF Lancashire Area Chairman. He stood in the local elections in Lancaster and helped with the successful campaign to elect a Conservative MP in the Lancaster Wyre constituency. He has also stood in local elections throughout the North West over the years. In July 2009, Matthew took on the role of Chairman of LGBTory, the Conservative LGBT group, and has been working tirelessly since then to increase the group’s profile together with that of the modern Conservatives, as well as to speak and campaign on equality issues from a Conservative viewpoint. Matthew has always taken a great interest in politics and current affairs and has been involved in community and local groups wherever possible. He has served as Chairman of a Residents’ Association, as well as been a member of a number of groups of friends of local parks, one of which he is currently an officer of. Outside of work and politics, Matthew is a keen swimmer and musician, having played the piano in front of audiences of 1,000+, including members of the Royal Family and a former US president. A keen viewer of Strictly Come Dancing, Matthew has himself won amateur dancing awards. ==Campaigning in Salford Eccles== Matthew is standing against Hazel Blears in Salford Eccles. He is a well-established campaigner for the local community. Matthew campaigned vigorously against the Greater Manchester Congestion charge in 2008, which was subsequently defeated by 85% of Salford voters. Matthew believes that the people of Salford and Eccles deserve better. Local residents across the City of Salford have been let down badly and taken for granted by Labour over the years. Local people deserve an MP who will work with them and listen to their concerns. Only the Conservatives can provide a fresh start and the change that local people in Salford, Swinton and Eccles need and deserve. http://www.conservatives.com/People/Prospective_Parliamentary_Candidates/Sephton_Matt.aspx http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/matthew-sephton.ashx http://www.sephton.org.uk Salford and Eccles matthew@sephton.org.uk None
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