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Gloucester (House of Commons)
Mr Richard Graham MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 2nd Floor
St Peters House
2 College Street
Surgery Tel: 01452 501167
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 2,420 Born - 04/04/1958. Married (Anthea), 3 children.
Education - Christ Church College, Oxford (Modern History).
Previous Occupation - RAF. Airline Management, Cathay Pacific Airways and John Swire & Sons. Diplomacy - First Secretary, Nairobi High Commission, First Secretary, Peking Embassy, Trade Commissioner, China. HM Consul, Macau. Lived in eight different countries during the course of his career to date. Investment Manager, Director, Baring Asset Management.
Personal Overview - Has strong family connections in Gloucestershire with much of his family living within the County. Suitably perhaps for someone with a background in the aviation sector he has lived in many different countries particularly in South East Asia - the Philippines and Shanghai. Beyond his business experience he has been involved for extended periods with the charitable organisation Care for Children (Board Member). Victorious in his electoral battle against Labour's Pharmjit Dhanda he will be only too aware that Gloucester's traditional Conservative allegiance has weakened in recent decades to supporting the Governing Party.
Political History - Councillor, Cotswold District Council (2003-07), Chairman, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, European Parliamentary Candidate, South West England (2004), Adviser to Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Member for Gloucester (2010-). Member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee (2010). PPS to Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford as Minister of State (International Energy Policy) (2010-). PPS to Rt Hon. Hugo Swire, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2012-).
Characteristics - Board Member, China Britain Business Council. Captain, Cricket Teams at Christ Church, Oxford, Shanghai and Cirencester. Squash blue for Oxford and also played internationally for the Philippines. Member of the RAF Assocation. Speaks a number of languages including Cantonese, Mandarin and French.
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Aluminium Industry (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Commonwealth (Chairman)
- Lords and Commons Cricket Club (Associate Group) (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pensions (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Post Offices (Secretary)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Regeneration through Innovation (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Shooting and Conservation (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Telehealth Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary United Nations Group (Member)
- British-Bulgarian Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary China Group (Chairman)
- Indonesia Group (Chairman)
South West (European Parliament)
Earl William of Dartmouth MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 23/09/49. 10th Earl of Dartmouth.
Education - Eton. Christchurch College, Oxford. Harvard Business School.
Previous Occupation - Chartered Accountant, working in the United Arab Emirates (1975-77). Worked in the US for 6 years before returning to work in the UK in 1983 in finance, property and communications. Director, Hanson Transport. Chairman and Founder of Kirklees Cable.
Personal Overview - Former Conservative Peer who defected to the UK Independence party successfully gained election to the European Parliament at the 2009 elections. From a background in accountancy, he has worked in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates and US. A former Hereditary Peer, he lost his seat in the House of Lords in November 1999 in the Lords reforms of that year. Having reinvented himself as a UK Independence member he has the opportunity to use his accountancy skills to highlight any financial issues within the EU.
Political History - General Election candidate (Conservative) for Leigh (February 1974), Stockport South (October 1974). Succeeded his father to became a member of the House of Lords (1997-99). European Parliament candidate (1999). Joined the UK Independence Party (2007). Current prospective parliamentary candidate for Exeter. MEP South West Region (2009-). Member of the Committee on International Trade (2009-). Substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Other Information - At Oxford he was elected Secretary of the Oxford Union.
Intergroups - N/a.
Business Tel: 32(0)2 28 49735
Interests: Business & Finance
- Foreign Affairs (Substitute)
- International Trade (Member)
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