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Brentwood and Ongar (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 19 Crown Street
Surgery Tel: 020 7219 4428
MP Since - 1992 Majority - 16,920 Born - 20/04/1952, Married.
Education - Greenhead Grammar School Keighley, Leeds Polytechnic.
Previous Occupation - Consultant in Employment Practice; Local Government Editor to Conservative Newsline (1990-92).
Personal Overview - A mainstream Conservative member from a working-class Yorkshire upbringing, likely to have a fairly moderate attitude to European issues. In addition, having been a member of EURIM, he is likely to be fairly positive towards Information Technology issues. He has a great deal of Local Government experience, being the ex Leader of the Conservative's one time Flagship Council outside London (Bradford Council) (1988-90). He may also have a good knowledge of the workings of the Conservative Party, having been a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for Local Government (1993-97). Normally facing a split opposition vote Pickles survived with reasonable alacrity the challenge of white-suited sleaze-buster Martin Bell at the 2001 election. On the pretext of alleged infiltration by an evangelical church of the local Conservative Party, Bell seemed to have missed the boat in not standing against Keith Vaz in Leicester East. His shadow roles and all party committee memberships indicate an interest in both Transport and Local Government issues in recent years. Achieved promotion in the June 2007 reshuffle into the Shadow Cabinet, whilst retaining his Local Government responsibility. Became Party Chairman at the January 2009 reshuffle, a potentially high profile appointment in the run up to a General Election. Was appointed to the Communities and Local Government Department that he had previously shadowed until 2009 in the initial Conservative Government reshuffle.
Political History - Councillor, Bradford Council (1979-91), National Chairman Young Conservatives (1980-81). MP Brentwood & Ongar (1992-). Conservative Party Vice-Chairman (1993-97), Joint Vice Chairman of the Conservative Environment, Transport & the Regions Committee (1997-99), Treasurer of the Crossrail Group (2005-), Vice Chairman of the Local Government All Party Group (2005-). Member of the Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Select Committee, Transport Sub-Committee (1997-98). Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for Social Security (1998-2001). Shadow Minister for Transport (2001-02). Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government & the Regions (2002-03), Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government (2003-05), Shadow Minister for Local Government (2005-07), Conservative Party Deputy Chairman (Local Government) (2005-07). Shadow Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government (2007-09). Conservative Party Chairman (2009-10). Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2010-).
Characteristics - Active in the All Party Groups - Chairman, Film Industry All Party Group, Joint Treasurer, Motor All Party Group.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4428
Interests: The Film Industry,Health,Motor Industry,Social Security
- All-Party Parliamentary Lighting Group (Member)
- Road Passenger Transport Group (Associate Group) (Member)
Eastern (European Parliament)
Mr Stuart Agnew MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 30/08/49 Married, 3 sons.
Education - Education: Blickling Lodge School. Hordle House School. Gordonstoun School. Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (Agricultural Science) (2 years), gained the MRAC with the McLennan Silver Medal. National Diploma in Agriculture.
Previous Occupation - Worked in a school in India at the age of 18, teaching English for 1 year. Worked in a dairy farm in Buckinghamshire for 1 year. Farm Manager in the UK (3 years), worked in South Africa, had several jobs including working for Prudential. Soil and Water Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture in Rhodesia (1975-76), Rhodesian Army (1975-76). Employed on the family farm (1977-83). Ran the family farming business in Fakenham, Norfolk (1983-).
Personal Overview - Elected to the European Parliament in 2009 from second place on the party list. Experienced farmer who has since 1983 ran his family farm in Norfolk. Has been active within the National Farmers Union in Norfolk for a number of years. He is well travelled, having worked in India, South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Joined UKIP in 1999, dismayed at the way the European Union regulated Farming. Has previously stood as a candidate at both a National and Local level.
Political History - Joined UKIP (1999). Chairman of the Norwich and Norfolk Branch (2003-05), has been a member of the Agricultural Policy Group. Member of the Regional Committee (2004-05). Local Council candidate, North Norfolk District Council (2007). General Election candidate for Mid Norfolk (2001), for North Norfolk (2005) and candidate for Broadland at the next General Election. European Parliamentary candidate for the Eastern Region (2004). MEP Eastern Region (from second on the party list) (2009-). Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (2009-). Substitute member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (2011-). Member of the Fisheries Committee (2012-).
Other Information - Norfolk County Chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) (1998). Norfolk Delegate to HQ Council NFU (2000-). Chairman of Castle Acre Cricket Club. Drove from the UK to India at the age of 18 with friends to work in a School teaching English.
Intergroups - N/a.
Interests: Small Business,Agriculture,Foreign Affairs
- Fisheries (Member)
- Agriculture & Rural Development (Member)
- Constitutional Affairs (Substitute)
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