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Somerton and Frome (House of Commons)
Mr David Heath CBE MP (Liberal Democrat)
Surgery: Church Hill House
17 Bath Street
Surgery Tel: 01373 473618
MP Since - 1997 Majority - 1,817 Born - 16/03/1954, Married 1 son, 1 daughter.
Education - Millfield School, Street, St John's College, Oxford (MA Physiological Sciences), The City University.
Previous Occupation - Practising Optician (1979-85), Parliamentary Consultant, Worldwide Fund for Nature (1990-91), Consultant to Various NGOs and charities, Audit Commission Member (1995-97).
Personal Overview - Has Local Government leadership experience, and has been a member of related governmental bodies including a Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association. He has been involved in working for charities and has held a number of roles as a Liberal Democrat Spokesman. Within Parliament he has also set up the Eye Health and Visual Impairment All Party Group. He successfully made the transition into the Menzies Campbell party leadership, retaining a position in the party's Shadow Cabinet. He placed his front bench career in some jeopardy in February 2008 when he stated that he would vote for a referendum on the 2007 EU Reform Treaty against the party line. He later resigned in order to vote against the treaty. Was reappointed to the post of Shadow Leader of the House in the January 2009 pre election reshuffle and became Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in the May 2010 coalition Government before being moved to Defra at the 2012 reshuffle. However he only lasted in post for a year before being removed at the 2013 reshuffle.
Political History - Councillor, Somerset County Council (1985-97), Council Leader (1985-89), Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton & Frome (1992), Chairman, Avon & Somerset Police Authority (1993-96), Member for Somerton & Frome (1997-). Vice Chairman of the United Nations All Party Group (2001-). Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (1997-99). Foreign Affairs Spokesman (1997-99). Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Fisheries Spokesman (Agriculture) (1999-2001), Work & Pensions Spokesman (2001-02), Science Spokesperson (2001-03), Shadow Minister for Home Affairs & the Constitutional Affairs Department (2002-05). Member of the Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2001-05), Science & Technology Select Committee (2001-03). Member of the Modernisation Select Committee (2005-06). Member of the Justice Select Committee (2008-10). Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (2005-07), Shadow Cabinet Office Spokesman on Human Rights (2006-07). Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (2007-08). Appointed to lead a Commission on privacy and how new technology can be used to protect rather than undermine the confidentiality of personal data (2008-). Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (2009-10). Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (2010-12). Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-13).
Characteristics - Holding a marginal seat, he will have to pay careful attention to constituency issues in order to retain it.
Business Tel: 020 7219 6245
Interests: Environment,Law & Order,Education & Training,Charities,Rural,Local Government
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (Member)
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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