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Gravesham (House of Commons)
Mr Adam Holloway MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 32 Queen's Street
Surgery Tel: 01474 332097
MP Since - 2005 Majority - 9,312 Born - 29/07/1965.
Education - Cambridge University (MA Social and Political Sciences), Imperial College (MBA), Sandhurst College.
Previous Occupation - Officer - Grenadier Guards (1987-92). Television Reporter - Newsnight, World in Action, ITN.
Personal Overview - Media aware former Army Officer whose journalism concentrated on the socially disadvantaged. A relatively recent convert to direct political involvement he was quoted as saying that he would prefer to 'be an actor than a critic', which coupled with his Armed Forces background should make for a 'hands-on' politician. Should he prove to acclimatise well within the Westminster Village he should make the Conservative front-bench, as one of their recent problems has been the supply of competent media performers. His representation of Gravesham is currently only through a small majority over Labour, though should the Conservative be set on a path to future Government his Commons membership is set relatively fair for the foreseeable future. His success at the 2005 General Election marked his first attempt to win elected office. The 2005 victory saw him unseat Labour social deprivation expert and junior minister Chris Pond. Resigned as a PPS in October 2011 after voting against the Government in favour of a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.
Political History - Member for Gravesham (2005-). Member of the Defence Select Committee (2006-10), (2012-). PPS to Rt Hon. David Lidington MP as Minister for Europe (2010-11).
Characteristics - Whilst a journalist he spent several months homeless in London whilst working on a series 'No Fixed Abode' which showed the plight of the capital's destitute community. His time with ITN was spent in Bosnia, as a London general reporter, and running the investigative unit for News at Ten. Involved with a number of charities he is a former Board Member of Christian Aid.
Business Tel: 0207 219 8402
Interests: Defence,Media,Immigration,Housing,Poverty,Law & Order,Charities,Health
- Defence Committee (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Defence and Diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa (Member)
- Gurkha Welfare Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on the River Thames (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Wood Panel Industry (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina (Member)
- British-Czech and Slovak Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Iran (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Kenya Group (Member)
- Kurdistan Region in Iraq Group (Member)
- British-Lebanon Group (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Uganda Group (Member)
- United Kingdom-United Arab Emirates Group (Member)
South East (European Parliament)
Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)
MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).
Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.
Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-), Substitute member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-).
Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UKs Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.
Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.
Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation
- Petitions (Substitute)
- Transport & Tourism (Member)
- International Trade (Member)
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