Finchley and Golders Green (House of Commons)
Mr Mike Freer MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 212 Ballards Lane
Surgery Tel: 020 8445 5875
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 5,809 Born - 29/05/1960.
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Has worked in retail catering and retail gaming. Has been employed within the banking and finance sectors. Former Relationship Manager for Barclays Bank. Has also run his own financial service business. Has been a former Non-Executive Director and Board member of the London Development Agency.
Personal Overview - Captured this seat for the Conservatives at the 2010 election, one whose predecessor was at one time held by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher before the Conservative rout of 1997. Has political experience having been Council Leader of the local Barnet Borough Council where he has campaigned on providing value for money in public services. He has a significant profile within London, having been a non-executive Director of the London Development Agency as well as a Lead Member for Health & Adult Services on London Councils (A think-tank and lobbying organisation that promotes the interests of London's 33 Councils). He has a career background mostly in the finance and banking industries and has worked for several high street banks in their estate agency, retail, wealth and corporate divisions. He has also campaigned on health, opposing the dilution of health services at Barnet General Hospital as well as crime, post office closures and anti-social behaviour in the local area.
Political History - Councillor, London Borough of Barnet (1990-94, 2001-10) (Finchley Church End ward). Council Leader (2006-10). General Election candidate for Harrow West (2005). MP Finchley and Golders Green (2010-). Member of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee (2010-11). Member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee (2010-13). Member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee (2013). PPS to Rt Hon. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2013-).
Characteristics - Has been a member of Friends of Windsor Open Space, Conservative Friends of Israel, Conservative Friends of Cyprus and is a Friend of British Asian Conservative link. Has been Chairman of Barnet Multi-faith forum, a Treasurer of the Barnet Tsunami Appeal and a former hospice and meals on wheels volunteer. Has also been a Non-executive Director of the St Matthews Housing Association and a member of Friends of Windsor Open Space.
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
Interests: Business & Finance,Health
- Ageing and Older People Group (Member)
- Group against Antisemitism (Vice President)
- Atrial Fibrillation Group (Member)
- Christian and Jewish Relations Group (Member)
- Crossrail Two Group (Member)
- Dementia Group (Member)
- Female Genital Mutilation Group (Member)
- Prevention of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity Group (Member)
- British Hindus Group (Member)
- British Jews Group (Member)
- Local Government Group (Member)
- Retail Group (Member)
- Thameslink Route Group (Member)
- Group in support of Visteon Pensioners (Member)
- Zoroastrian Group (Member)
- British-Cyprus Group (Member)
- Greece Group (Member)
- Indo-British Group (Member)
- Britain-Israel Group (Treasurer)
Barnet and Camden (Greater London Authority)
Mr Andrew Dismore AM (Labour)
GLA Member Since - 2012 Majority - 21,299 Born - 02/09/1954 Single.
Education - Bridlington Grammar School, Warwick University (LLB 1975), London School of Economics (LLM 1976), Guildford College of Law.
Previous Occupation - Solicitor. Education Department, GMWU (1976-78), Robert Thomson & Partners (1978-95), Russell Jones & Walker (1995-97). Consultancy basis as a Co-ordinator of the Access to justice Action Group (2010-12).
Personal Overview - Entered the London Assembly in 2012 winning this seat from the Conservatives after having lost his Westminster seat in 2010 by only 106 votes. He comes from a legal background, specialising in representing injured workers (and their Trade Unions). Prior to entering the London Assembly he also campaigned for the rights of ordinary people to obtain legal redress in the courts as a Co-ordinator of the Access to justice Action Group. He has leadership experience in Local Government (previously Labour Group Leader on Westminster City Council). He has been a member of Action for Southern Africa, the Co-operative Party and the Society of Labour Lawyers. His legal experience also gives him an interest, and probably a certain amount of expertise in civil justice issues. Demonstrated an interest in Jewish affairs in the Westminster Parliament, making a call for legislation to allow for easier remarriage for Jewish women. He also focussed on the campaign to rebuild Edgware Hospital which was completed in 2005. As Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights he was involved in producing reports on the role of business and human rights in the developing world and on the issue of a Bill of Rights for the UK.
Political History - Cllr Westminster City Council (1982-97). Labour Group Leader (1990-97). MP Hendon (1997-2010). Member of the Accommodation & Works Select Committee (1997-99), member of the Social Security Select Committee (1999-2001), Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2001-10), Work & Pensions Select Committee (2001-05). Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (2005-10), member of the Liaison Select Committee (2005-10). GLA Member Barnet & Camden (2012-).
Other Information - Voluntary Chair of Trustees, Council of British Archaeology, London. Has been a GMB Member. Also has held membership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Labour Friends of Israel. Has written articles for a number of legal journals. Speaks conversational French (A-level) and Greek (Institute of Linguists, Grade 1). Has interests in Greek History and Culture as well as general historical research.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 020 7983 4000
Interests: Health & Safety,Law & Order,Education & Training,Human Rights,Local Government
London (European Parliament)
Mr Seb Dance MEP (Labour)
MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1981. Partner (Spencer Livermore, Labour Campaign Director).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Former Parliamentary Researcher and Special Advisor to Sean Woodward MP (As Northern Ireland Secretary). Worked for the international development charity ActionAid, Government Relations Adviser.
Personal Overview - Elected from 4th place on Labour's London list in 2014, in what was a good year for the party in the capital. He has a career background working in the charity sector in a public affairs role for ActionAid, a charity which is primarily focussed on global poverty issues. He has also spent time as a Special Advisor to the last Labour Government on Northern Ireland in a role which involved trying to bring together historically divided communities. He is originally from South London and has been a Labour Party member from the age of 16, having campaigned for the party at both local and national elections.
Political History - MEP London Region (2014-).
Other Information - Has been a member of Unite and the Co-operative Party.
Intergroups - N/a.
Interests: Environment,Poverty,Equal Opportunities,Charities,Northern Ireland,Employment
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