MPs: Iain Duncan Smith MP; Jeanette Arnold OBE AM; Seb Dance MEP;

Chingford and Woodford Green (House of Commons)

Rt Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (Conservative)

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MP Since - 1992 Majority - 12,963 Born - 09/04/1954. Married, 2 sons, 2 daughters.
Education - Dunchurch College of Management, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, The Universita di Perugia Italy and HMS Conway, Anglesey.
Previous Occupation - Scots Guards (1975-81), GEC (1981-88), Director Bellwinch PLC (1988-89), Board Director, Jane's Information Group (1989-92).
Personal Overview - Appears to be to the right in the Conservative Party and against further European integration. He is a pro market Conservative (a member of the No-Turning Back Group). He seems fairly moderate on most social issues, and has an interest in Education. Gained a somewhat more publicly prominent role in his move from shadowing Social Security to Defence. As an inveterate Maastricht rebel his Euro-scepticism has not softened in more recent times, threatening to resign from the Hague Shadow team if the Single Currency position was watered down. Was the outsider in the Conservative 2001 leadership contest who came through to win. His inability to command the full loyalty of the parliamentary party combined with a lack of perceived electoral progress was to fatally undermine him just two years into his leadership. He lost a parliamentary party confidence vote on the 29th October 2003 by 90 votes to 75, at the time a closer result that many had predicted, but not nearly good enough to save his leadership. Agreed to join a leadership advisory panel set up by his replacement Michael Howard in November 2003, with a mandate to occasionally speak from the Front Bench. Moved further back into the political limelight when agreeing to head up a new Conservative Social Justice policy group 'Centre for Social Justice' set up by David Cameron Was rewarded for his work by being appointed to the first David Cameron Cabinet heading up the Work and Pensions portfolio. Despite this, he was offered and refused the post of Secretary of State for Justice at the 2012 Government reshuffle.

Political History - Vice Chairman Fulham Conservative Association (1991). MP Chingford & Woodford Green (1992-), Voted against the Government in the 'Maastricht Paving Debate', and has signed two Euro-Sceptic Early Day Motions. Co-Authored a pamphlet 'A Conservative Europe' in 1994. Supported John Redwood's leadership challenge in June 1995. Chairman of the Conservative Social Security Committee (1997-99), Chairman Defence Committee (1999-2001). Former member of the Standards and Privileges Select Committee. Shadow Social Security Secretary (1997-99), Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (1999-2001). Conservative Party Leader (2001-2003). Member of Leadership Advisory Panel (2003-05). Head of Conservative Social Justice Policy Group (2005-). Member of the Health Committee (1993-95). Member of the Administration Committe (1993-97). Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2010-).
Characteristics - Comes from a military background and has a self-made career. He replaced Norman Tebbit in this seat, and seems to have similar European views.
Other Information - Alternative email address is

Business Tel: 020 7219 1210


Interests: Small Business,European Issues,Foreign Affairs,Education & Training,Health

Commitee membership
  • Friends of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) Group (Member)


North East (Greater London Authority)

Ms Jeanette Arnold OBE AM (Labour)

GLA Member Since - 2000 Majority - 66,188 Born - (Monserrat).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Former Nurse and Health Visitor. Industrial Relations Officer. Former Regional Director of the Royal College of Nursing. Associate with Beacon Associates (training & organisational development consultancy).
Personal Overview - Replaced David Lammy as a GLA member following his election as MP for Tottenham and decision to resign from the GLA. Has a health service background, as well as Local Government experience, both as a Councillor and working with the Local Government Association. Successfully retained the North East London seat for Labour in 2004 and 2008 in place of Meg Hillier. Has been both a Deputy Chair and Chair of the Assembly.

Political History - Former member of Islington BC, former Planning Committee Chairman and Deputy Mayor. Has been involved in European Inter-Governmental delegations. GLA member (July 2000-), for North East London (2004-). Member of the Budget Committee (2000-), Economic Development Committee (2000-), Planning Committee (2000-), Administration Committee (2000-), Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority (2000-). Chairman of the Smoking in Public Places Investigative Committee, member of the Children's Strategy Steering Group, member of the Mayor's Cultural Strategy Group (2000-), Budget Committee, Former Member of the Economic & Social Development Committee. Chairman of the Culture, Sport & Tourism Committee (2002-04). Member of the Elections Review Committee (2005-07), Member of the Health & Public Services Committee (2005-08). Member of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee (2007-08). Deputy Chairman of the Business Management and Appointments (Administration) Committee (2007-09), Chairman (2009-10), Deputy Chair (2010-). Member of the Transport Committee (2009-10). Assembly Chairman (2008-11). Member of the Police and Crime Committee (2011-). Member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning (2011-). Chair of the London Assembly (2011-2013).

Other Information - Board Member of the Liason Committee of Age Concern London. Chair of the London Health Commission. Deputy Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Trustee of Islington Enterprise Agency. Board member of London Central Education Business Alliance. Co-founder of the London Black Women Council. Governor of the Coram Family Childcare Charity. London Delegate to the Committee of the Regions, European Union. Trustee of the Sadlers Wells Theatre Foundation. Member of the Arts Council, England. Is a devout Christian.

Business Tel: 020 7983 4379


My blog

Interests: Culture, Civic Engagement,Equal Opportunities,Education & Training,Youth Issues

Commitee membership
  • Business Management and Administration Committee (Chairman)
  • Transport Committee (Member)


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 UK as a 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-). Member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa (2014-). Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Development (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a member of Unite and the Co-operative Party.

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45833


My blog

Interests: Environment,Poverty,Equal Opportunities,Charities,Northern Ireland,Employment

Commitee membership
  • Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Member)
  • Development (Substitute)


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