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Keighley (House of Commons)
Mr Kris Hopkins MP (Conservative)
Surgery: Churchill House
Surgery Tel: 01535 211152
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 2,940 Born - 1963. Married (Kersten), 1 daughter.
Education - Leeds University (Communications and Cultural Studies).
Previous Occupation - Soldier - formerly a member of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment - saw service in Kenya, Northern Ireland and Germany. Lecturer - Media Theory, Communications and Digital Media.
Personal Overview - Media aware experienced local politician who will have to adjust somewhat to the relative obscurity of his new backbench status having been Leader of Bradford City Council for four years. As such he has met a wide range of people including Jamie Oliver and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and has hosted a number of visits from senior Conservative figures including David Cameron and William Hague. As a former soldier he is likely to be interested in Defence issues in the coming years as the Government seeks to address Britain's military equation of spending cuts against ongoing international commitments.
Political History - Councillor, Bradford Council (Worth Valley ward 1998-), Deputy Council Leader (2004-6), Council Leader (2006-10). General Election candidate for Leeds West (2001) and Halifax (2005). Member for Keighley (2010-). Member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee (2011-12). PPS to Rt Hon. Kris Hopkins, Minister of State for the Armed Forces (2012-13). Minister of State for Housing and Local Government (2013-).
Characteristics - Chairman (former) Bradford Local Strategic Partnership, Yorkshire & the Humber Housing and Regeneration Board. Very keen on walking and photography (has had some photographs published).
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
Interests: Defence,Media,Education & Training,Health,Local Government
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Disability Sports (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing in the North (Vice Chairman)
- All-Party Parliamentary Interfaith Group (Member)
- Mountaineering Group (Treasurer)
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Photography (Member)
- All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group (Member)
Yorkshire and the Humber (European Parliament)
Ms Rebecca Taylor MEP (Liberal Democrat)
MEP Since - 2012 Born - 10/08/1975.
Education - Robinwood and Todmorden High schools. University of Sheffield. University of Leeds (BA in Japanese and Management Studies). University of Kent (MA in International Relations). Kings College London (MA in Public Health).
Previous Occupation - Public affairs assistant, Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association Europe (1998-2000). Web Editor/Journalist, IMS Health, Brussels, Belgium (2000-2001). Information and communications officer, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium (2002-2005). External Communications Manager at the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH and IFAH-Europe), Brussels, Belgium (2005-2006). Consultant, Food, Health and Retail team at Fleishman-Hillard, Brussels, Belgium (2006-2009). Stakeholder Relations Manager, NHS Commissioning Support for London, London, UK (2009-2010). Senior Researcher at the International Longevity Centre - UK, London, UK (2010-2011). Account Director in the Healthcare team at Hanover Communications, London, UK (2011-2012).
Personal Overview - Replaced former MEP Diana Wallis in this seat in 2012 after she decided to stand down. Her family background stems from Todmorden in West Yorkshire where both her parents were former Mayors. She has a career background working in public affairs/communications both in the UK and in Brussels, as well as working in the health sector helping patients to improve NHS services. Politically, she is a third generation Liberal Party member and has shown a particular interest in public health issues. Her main areas of interest being malnutrition, childhood obesity, older peoples health, vaccination, and health inequalities. She has also been involved in health policy research as well as helping health sector organisations with their communications.
Political History - Local Party Executive member (2002-2005) and local Party Chair (2006-2008) of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats. Liberal Democrat member (2002-). European parliamentary candidate for the Yorkshire and Humber region (2009). General Election candidate for Rotherham (2010). MEP Yorkshire & The Humber Region (2012-). Substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2012-). Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (2012-).
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Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45201
Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Public Health,Health & Safety,Employment,Youth Issues
- Legal Affairs (Member)
- Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Substitute)
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