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South Suffolk (House of Commons)
Mr Tim Yeo MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 43 High Street
Surgery Tel: 01473 730674
MP Since - 1983 Majority - 8,689 Born - 20/03/1945. Married, 1 son & 1 daughter.
Education - Charterhouse, Emmanuel College Cambridge.
Previous Occupation - Assistant treasurer, Bankers Trust Company (1970-73); Director: Worcester Engineering Co. Ltd (1975-86); Chief Executive Spastics Society (1980-83); Chair Univent plc (1995-), Genus plc (2002-04); Columnist Financial Times (2004-); Director ITI Energy Ltd (2006-);
Chair: AFC Energy plc (2007-), Eco City Vehicles plc (2007-); Director Groupe Eurotunnel SA (2007-).
Personal Overview - Has a background in business and working in a senior position in a Charity. His building Ministerial career was ended in 1994 after allegations that he had fathered an illegitimate child, which were very damaging, particularly in the wake of John Major's now infamous 'Back to Basics' Conservative Party Conference speech. Now in Opposition, his career has recovered. This was particularly evident for the significant support he attracted as the Conservative lead in agricultural matters during the Foot and Mouth Crisis of 2001. Strangely he was somewhat marginalised to the Culture Department Shadow in the first IDS Shadow Cabinet, before being brought back more centre-stage to the Trade & Industry brief. Was moved to Shadow the key social portfolios of Health and Education by Michael Howard in late 2003, both areas where the Conservatives would need to improve their public perception to make up ground on the Labour Government. Was moved to Shadow Environment & Transport when the Health & Education portfolios were split up at the 2004 reshuffle. Stood down from front bench politics after the 2005 General Election, wanting to spend more time formulating the future direction of the party, with particular interest in climate change issues. Became a Select Committee Chairman in 2005 covering Environmental Audit and maintained a Committee Chairmanship in 2010, moving to Energy and Climate Change.
Political History - MP South Suffolk (1983-). PPS to Douglas Hurd MP, Home Secretary (1988-89), Foreign & Commonwealth Secretary (1989-90), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Environment (1990-92), Department of Health (1992-93), Minister of State for the Environment (1993-94). Member of the Treasury Select Committee (1996-97). Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997-98), Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (1998-2001), Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport (2001-02), Trade & Industry (2002-03), Public Services, Health & Education (2003-04), Environment & Transport (2004-05). Member of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee (2005-06). Chairman of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2005-10), member of the Liaison Select Committee (2006-). Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (2010-).
Characteristics - Treasurer of the International Voluntary Service (1975-78). Chairman of the Charities VAT and Tax Reform Group (1981-88).
Business Tel: 020 7219 6366
Interests: Business & Finance,General Economy,Charities,Health,Employment,Rural,Social Security
- Energy and Climate Change Committee (Chairman)
- Liaison Committee (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Accident Prevention (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agro-Ecology (Member)
- Architecture and Planning (Associate Group) (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Clean Coal (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (Treasurer)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Housing and Planning Group (Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Intelligent Energy (Member)
- Limb Loss Group (Associate Group) (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft (Member)
- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (Associate Group) (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tanzania (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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