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Rayleigh and Wickford (House of Commons)
Mr Mark Francois MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 25 Bellingham Lane
Surgery Tel: 01268 742044
MP Since - 2001 Majority - 22,338 Born - 14/08/1965 (Islington), Divorced?.
Education - Nicholas Comprehensive, Basildon, Bristol University (BA History), King's College, London (BA War Studies).
Previous Occupation - Public Affairs Consultant (own company - Francois Associates), Director, Market Access Ltd (lobbying company), Management Trainee, Lloyds Bank. Territorial Army Officer.
Personal Overview - Politically hardened campaigner who narrowly missed selection for Kensington & Chelsea following the death of Alan Clarke (the mantle assumed by Michael Portillo), and for the Tory banker, Devon East in 2000. Rayleigh is more than adequate compensation, having had a majority exceeding 10,000 even in the Conservative Annus Horibilis of 1997. An academic and practical involvement in defence issues is his principal non-political activity, as a student of King's College, and a TA member with the King's Anglian Regiment. He is Essex-bred (if not born), giving him a natural affinity with his parliamentary base. Could only translate his former position in the Shadow Cabinet into the role of a Government Whip in the initial May 2010 Government lineup before being promoted to Minister of State level in 2012.
Political History - Chairman, Bristol University Conservative Association (1984), Local Government Candidate, Basildon DC (1990), Councillor, Basildon DC (1991-95), Vice-Chairman, Housing (1992-95), Acting Chair, Housing (1993), Parliamentary Canvass Co-ordinator, Basildon (1992), Parliamentary Candidate, Brent East (1997), Member for Rayleigh (2001-10), for Rayleigh and Wickford (2010-). Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2001-05). Member of the Administration Select Committee (2010-12). Opposition Whip (2002-04) (Home Affairs & the Privy Council Office). Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for Economic Affairs (2004-05), for the Treasury (Shadow Paymaster General) (2005-07). Shadow Minister for Europe (2007-10) (promoted into the Shadow Cabinet January 2009). Government Whip (Vice Chamberlain of HM Household) (2010-12). Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence (Minister for International Security Strategy) (2012-).
Characteristics - Reached rank of Lieutenant in the Territorial Army.
Business Tel: 020 7219 8311
Interests: Defence,Media,Housing,Local Government
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sex Equality (Member)
Eastern (European Parliament)
Mr Stuart Agnew MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 30/08/49 Married, 3 sons.
Education - Education: Blickling Lodge School. Hordle House School. Gordonstoun School. Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (Agricultural Science) (2 years), gained the MRAC with the McLennan Silver Medal. National Diploma in Agriculture.
Previous Occupation - Worked in a school in India at the age of 18, teaching English for 1 year. Worked in a dairy farm in Buckinghamshire for 1 year. Farm Manager in the UK (3 years), worked in South Africa, had several jobs including working for Prudential. Soil and Water Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture in Rhodesia (1975-76), Rhodesian Army (1975-76). Employed on the family farm (1977-83). Ran the family farming business in Fakenham, Norfolk (1983-).
Personal Overview - Elected to the European Parliament in 2009 from second place on the party list. Experienced farmer who has since 1983 ran his family farm in Norfolk. Has been active within the National Farmers Union in Norfolk for a number of years. He is well travelled, having worked in India, South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Joined UKIP in 1999, dismayed at the way the European Union regulated Farming. Has previously stood as a candidate at both a National and Local level.
Political History - Joined UKIP (1999). Chairman of the Norwich and Norfolk Branch (2003-05), has been a member of the Agricultural Policy Group. Member of the Regional Committee (2004-05). Local Council candidate, North Norfolk District Council (2007). General Election candidate for Mid Norfolk (2001), for North Norfolk (2005) and candidate for Broadland at the next General Election. European Parliamentary candidate for the Eastern Region (2004). MEP Eastern Region (from second on the party list) (2009-). Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (2009-). Substitute member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (2011-). Member of the Fisheries Committee (2012-).
Other Information - Norfolk County Chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) (1998). Norfolk Delegate to HQ Council NFU (2000-). Chairman of Castle Acre Cricket Club. Drove from the UK to India at the age of 18 with friends to work in a School teaching English.
Intergroups - N/a.
Interests: Agriculture,Small Business,Foreign Affairs
- Fisheries (Member)
- Agriculture & Rural Development (Member)
- Constitutional Affairs (Substitute)
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