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Tewkesbury (House of Commons)
Mr Laurence Robertson MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 22 High Street
Surgery Tel: 01684 291640
MP Since - 1997 Majority - 6,310 Born - 1958, Married 2 step-daughters.
Education - St James Church of England Secondary School, Farnworth Grammar School, Bolton Institute of Higher Education.
Previous Occupation - Self Employed, Director of L.A Robertson PR Company, a Public Relations Consultant, Charity Fund raiser and Events Manager. Has been a consultant to the Royal Academy of Music, the Church Army Charity, and Silverwood Forestry.
Personal Overview - Has a background in business and public relations which is likely to give him some media knowledge. He has begun his parliamentary career by gaining several early Select Committee memberships. Immediately before the 2001 election he got rather too close to John Townend (fomer Con MP for Yorkshire East) over the race and immigration row, and was eventually required to apologise by the then Hague leadership. Recovered from this set back to become a junior Opposition spokesman, but was not able to immediately translate this into a Government role.
Political History - MP Tewkesbury (1997-). Secretary of the Conservative Finance Committee (1998-99). Secretary of the Conservative Constitutional Affairs Committee (1997-2001). Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (1997-2000), and Consolidation Etc, Bills Select Committee (1997-). Member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee (1999-2005), Social Security Select Committee (1999-2001), Education & Skills Select Committee (2001). Opposition Whip (Culture, Media & Sport, Wales) (2001-03). Opposition Front Bench Spokesman for Trade & Industry (Economic Affairs) (2003-05). Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland (2005-10). Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee (2010-). Member of the Liaison Select Committee (2010-).
Characteristics - He has raised large amounts of money for charities, and has previously been the Chairman of Governors at a Primary School.
Business Tel: 020 7219 4196
Interests: Constitutional,European Issues,Law & Order,General Economy,Education & Training
- Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (Chairman)
- Liaison Committee (Member)
- Accident Prevention Group (Member)
- Aerospace Group (Member)
- Arch Cru Investment Scheme Group (Member)
- Beer Group (Member)
- Betting and Gaming Group (Member)
- Cardiac Risk in the Young Group (Member)
- Engineering Group (Secretary)
- Flood Prevention Group (Vice Chairman)
- Horse Group (Member)
- Irish in Britain Group (Member)
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Group (Member)
- British Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Group (Member)
- Philately (Associate Group) (Member)
- Racing and Bloodstock Industries Group (Chairman)
- Scotch Whisky and Spirits Group (Member)
- Telehealth Group (Secretary)
- Tidy Britain Group (Member)
- United Kingdom Group (Member)
- Africa Group (Member)
- Ethiopia and Djibouti Group (Chairman)
- British-Spanish Group (Member)
- British-St Lucia Group (Member)
- Republic of Sudan and South Sudan (Associate Group) (Member)
- Uganda Group (Member)
- Vietnam Group (Member)
South West (European Parliament)
Dr Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)
MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1963. 3 Children.
Education - Bath High School. Oxford University, MA Politics, Philosophy and Economics. University of Wales, Aberystwyth, PhD in Economics. The Open University, MSc in Advanced Social Research Methods.
Previous Occupation - Director of Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives. Reader in Green Economics at the Cardiff School of Management (2008-12). Professor of Strategy and Sustainability in the Business School, University of Roehampton (2012-14).
Personal Overview - From an academic background, her main focus has been on the 'Green Economy' and associated issues of trade, work, money and cooperatives with an objective of replacing capitalism with an economic system which is benign for people and the planet. Although working in London at the University of Roehampton prior to her election, she is originally from Bath and has lived in Stroud where she has been a District Councillor and active in the Green Party for over 20 years. In the local area she has also been active as a member of the core group of 'Transition Stroud', a group working on the transition to a locally based low carbon lifestyle, where she has co-ordinated its Lifestyles and Livelihoods working group. She is likely to favour a more locally orientated economy, where CO2 emissions are reduced with less goods being transported long distances, promoting local employment and supporting activities such as Farmers' markets. She has also been commissioned to produce research which has included a report for the Association of Green Councillors on the subject of Using Best Value to Encourage Green Procurement in Local Authorities.
Political History - Joined the Green Party (1988). She has been Co-Chair of the Green Party Regional Council and served on the Green Party Executive as Campaigns Co-ordinator. Green Party General Election candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency (1997 and 2005). European Election candidate, twice in Wales, South West Region (2009). Councillor, Stroud District Council (2011-). Green Group Leader (2012-14). Has been a Spokesperson for the Green Party on Economics. MEP South West Region (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur (2014-). Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil (2014-). Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (2014-).
Other Information - Has been a member of the core group of Stroud Community Agriculture and a Director of Stroud Common Wealth. Author of a book, Market, Schmarket.
Intergroups - N/a.
Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45737
Interests: Environment,Agriculture,General Trade & Industry,Climate Change,Education & Training,Uk Economy,Employment
- Agriculture & Rural Development (Substitute)
- Economic & Monetary Affairs (Member)
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