Twickenham (House of Commons)
Rt Hon. Vince Cable MP (Liberal Democrat)
Surgery: 2a Lion Road
Surgery Tel: 020 8892 0215
MP Since - 1997 Majority - 12,140 Born - 09/05/1943, Married, 2 sons, 1 daughter.
Education - Nunthorpe Grammar School, Trinity College Cambridge (President of the Union), Glasgow University (PhD).
Previous Occupation - Finance Officer Kenya Treasury (1966-68), Lecturer of Economics at Glasgow University (1968-74), Diplomatic Service (1974-76), Environment & Development Advisor to the World Commission (1985-70), Deputy Director of Overseas Development Institute (1976-83), Special Advisor to Rt Hon. John Smith MP when he was Secretary of State for Trade (1979), Head of Group Planning for Shell UK (1980-85), Special Advisor to Commonwealth Secretariat (Secretary General) (1983-90), Head of Economics programme at Chatham House (1993-95), worked for Shell International (1990-93, 1995-1997). Chief Economist, Shell International (1995-97). Special Professor of Economics, University of Nottingham.
Personal Overview - With an academic background, he has also worked as an Economist for Shell International and advised the former Labour Party Leader John Smith MP in 1979 when he was Secretary of State for Trade before leaving the Labour Party to join the SDP. Since entering Parliament, his economic expertise has been harnessed by his party by promotion to become a Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman, then gaining further substantial promotion in 1999 to become Trade & Industry Spokesman, advancing to become Shadow Chancellor in 2003. Notable as one of the authors of the 'Orange Book' which sets out free market ideas for the Liberal Democrats, such as 'fairer' rather than 'higher taxes' to assist the poorest in society. Became the parties acting leader in October 2007 after the resignation of Menzies Campbell and gained much credit for his performance. He had ruled himself out of the race to become permanent party leader. Was taken to hospital with appendicitis in June 2009. Was one of the Liberal Democrats to achieve a Cabinet role in 2010, taking the Business portfolio and having the challenge of working closely with Conservative Chancellor George Osborne. As a part of his role he will be a member of a new ministerial committee which is focussed on creating banking policy which will be chaired by the chancellor. He also announced that he would stand down as party Deputy Leader to concentrate on his ministerial role. Lost responsibility for media competition issues in December 2010 after he had made negative comments concerning Rupert Murdoch's media concerns during what he had believed to be a genuine constituent meeting which was secretly taped by newspaper reporters.
Political History - Councillor Glasgow City Council (1971-74). MP Twickenham (1997-). Chairman of the All Party Police Group (1997-2001), Vice-Chairman, Insurance & Financial Services All Party Group, Treasurer of the All Party Internet Group (1999-). Member of the Treasury Select Committee (1998-99) Treasury Spokesman (Junior (1997-99)), Shadow Trade & Industry Spokesman (1999-2003), Shadow Chancellor (2003-10). Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader (2006-10). Acting Party Leader (October- December 2007). Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-)
Characteristics - Senior Liberal Democrat MP with his wide-ranging experience as a political adviser, diplomat and economist. Author.
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
Interests: Environment,European Issues,Police Issues,General Trade & Industry,Science & Technology,Foreign Affairs,Energy,General Economy,The Internet
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals (Member)
South West (Greater London Authority)
Mr Tony Arbour AM (Conservative)
GLA Member Since - 2000 Majority - 19,262 Born - 1945. Married, 3 sons, 1 daughter.
Education - Kingston College of Technology. City University (MBA).
Previous Occupation - Senior Lecturer at Kingston University Business School.
Personal Overview - A local man who was educated and works in the Constituency. He is likely to work to protect the identity of the areas that he represents. Appears to favour giving minimal powers to the Greater London Assembly and Mayor, viewing it as a police and transport authority, while maintaining the role of the local boroughs.
Political History - Greater London Councillor for Surbiton (1983-86). Councillor, Hampton Wick, Richmond Upon Thames BC (1994-), Conservative Group Leader, Council Leader (2002-). GLA Member South West (2000-). Member of the Standards Committee (2000-). Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority (2000-08), Planning & Spatial Development Committee (2002-05), Chairman (2005-08), member of the Planning and Housing Committee (2008-). Member of the Transport Committee (2002-04) Children & Young People's Strategy Investigative Committee (2003-05). Member of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee (2005-11). Member of the Environment Committee (2007-08). Former Ethics & Standards Spokesman. Member of the Business Management and Administration Committee (2008-), member of the London Fire and Emergency Protection Authority (2008-). Member of the Confirmation Hearings Committee (2008-). Deputy Chairman of the Standards Committee (2008-). Member of the Economy, Culture and Sport Committee (2011-). Member of the Police and Crime Committee (2011-).
Other Information - Assistant Chairman of Richmond Upon Thames Bench (1985-). Deputy Convenor of Kingston & Richmond Area Health Authority (1996-).
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 020 7983 4116
Interests: Environment,Business & Finance,Arts & Heritage,Transport,Law & Order,Education & Training,Local Government
- Economy, Culture and Sport Committee (Member)
- Planning and Housing Committee (Member)
- Business Management and Administration Committee (Member)
London (European Parliament)
Ms Marina Yannakoudakis MEP (Conservative)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 16/04/1956. Married, 3 children.
Education - Brunel University, BSC in Government, Politics and Modern History. Open University, MA in Education.
Previous Occupation - Financial Director of a family business (pan-European).
Personal Overview - Elected to the European Parliament from third place on the London Conservative Party list. Has been involved running a small business for over 23 years with experience negotiating in in Europe on behalf of her UK clients. She has campaigned to reduce regulation on business, reducing EU waste and fraud and on the sensible managing of migration. She also has experience raising funds for charity, as a former Chair of the Mayor of Barnet's Charity Appeal 2005/06 raising money for the mental health charity MIND.
Political History - Councillor, London Borough of Barnet. Has been Deputy Chairman of Chipping Barnet Conservative Association. MEP London Region (2009-). Membe rof the Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee (2009-). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo (2009-). Member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (2009-). Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (2009-).
Other Information - School Governor. She was a Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students at Brunel University and Chairperson for Communications on it's Student Union Executive. In her spare time she plays the saxophone and produces her own sculptures which she donates to charity.
Intergroups - N/a.
Interests: Small Business,Business & Finance,Local Government
- Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Member)
- Women's Rights & Gender Equality (Member)
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