MPs: Peter Lilley MP; Stuart Agnew MEP;

Hitchin and Harpenden (House of Commons)

Rt Hon. Peter Lilley MP (Conservative)

Surgery: 6th September 2013 Wheathampstead Hewitt Room, Wheathampstead Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead AL4 8AY 3:00 - 6:00pm

13th September 2013
Hitchin St. Michael's Mount Community Centre, St. Michael's Road, Hitchin SG4 0QY
3:00 - 6:00pm

11th October 2013
Kimpton The Green Room, Kimpton Memorial Hall, Hall Lane, Kimpton SG4 8SA
3:00 - 6:00pm

18th October 2013
Harpenden All Saints Church Hall, Station Road, Harpenden AL5 4UU 3:00 - 6:00pm

8th November 2013
Hitchin Graveley Village Hall, High Street, Graveley, Hitchin SG4 7LE 3:00 - 6:00pm

22nd November 2013
Redbourn Redbourn Parish Centre, The Park, Redbourn AL3 7LR 3:00 - 6:00pm

6th December 2013
Hitchin West Mill Community Centre, John Barker Place, Hitchin SG5 2PG 3:00 - 6:00pm

Surgery Tel: 01582 834344

MP Since - 1983 Majority - 15,271 Born - 23/08/1943, Married.
Education - Dulwich College, London; Clare College, Cambridge.
Previous Occupation - Economic Advisor in developing countries (1966-72), Investment Advisor on North Sea Oil and Energy Industries (1972-84), Director of the Conservative Research Department (1979-83). Partner, W. Greenwall & Co (1979-86), Director Great Western Resources Ltd (1985-87) & Greenwell Montague Stockbrokers (1986-87). Author.
Personal Overview - Tending to the Thatcherite right in the Conservative Party, He quickly advanced into Government, spending 5 years as Social Security Secretary before the 1997 General Election. He unsuccessfully stood in the 1997 Conservative leadership campaign (later backing William Hague), and was subsequently made Shadow Chancellor. Often appears to have a good knowledge of the detail of an issue, but does not always possess the best oratory skills in the House of Commons. Was involved in a controversial new 'post Thatcherite interpretation' about the direction of the Conservative party, and was removed from the Shadow Cabinet in the 1999 reshuffle. Gained a higher profile under the David Cameron leadership, chairing the Party's Global Poverty Group, particularly when Bob Geldof agreed to become a non partisan advisor to the group.
Political History - Chairman of the Bow Group (1973-75). MP St Albans (1983-97), Hitchin & Harpenden (1997-). PPS to Lord Bellwin & William Waldegrave at the Department of the Environment (1984), & to Nigel Lawson Chancellor of the Exchequer (1984-87). Economic Secretary to the Treasury (1987-89), Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1989-90), Secretary of State for Trade & Industry (1990-92), Secretary of State for Social Security (1992-97). Chairman of the Conservative Back Bench Finance Committee (1997-98). Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (2012-). Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997-98), Deputy Conservative Party Leader (1998-99). Chairman of the Conservative Globalisation and Global Poverty Group (2006-).
Characteristics - Fellow of the Institute of Petroleum (1978). Privy Counsellor (1990).

Business Tel: 020 7219 4577


Interests: European Issues,UK Economy,General Trade & Industry,Energy,General Economy,Education & Training,Discrimination,Health,Social Security

Commitee membership
  • Energy and Climate Change Committee (Member)
  • Agriculture and Food for Development Group (Member)
  • Extraordinary Rendition Group (Member)
  • Overseas Development Group (Member)
  • Parliament First Group (Member)
  • Trade out of Poverty Group (Chairman)
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Haiti (Member)
  • British Kyrgystan Group (Member)


Eastern (European Parliament)

Mr Stuart Agnew MEP (UK Independence)

MEP Since - 2009 Born - 30/08/49 Married, 3 sons.
Education - Education: Blickling Lodge School. Hordle House School. Gordonstoun School. Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (Agricultural Science) (2 years), gained the MRAC with the McLennan Silver Medal. National Diploma in Agriculture.

Previous Occupation - Worked in a school in India at the age of 18, teaching English for 1 year. Worked in a dairy farm in Buckinghamshire for 1 year. Farm Manager in the UK (3 years), worked in South Africa, had several jobs including working for Prudential. Soil and Water Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture in Rhodesia (1975-76), Rhodesian Army (1975-76). Employed on the family farm (1977-83). Ran the family farming business in Fakenham, Norfolk (1983-).

Personal Overview - Elected to the European Parliament in 2009 from second place on the party list. Experienced farmer who has since 1983 ran his family farm in Norfolk. Has been active within the National Farmers Union in Norfolk for a number of years. He is well travelled, having worked in India, South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Joined UKIP in 1999, dismayed at the way the European Union regulated Farming. Has previously stood as a candidate at both a National and Local level.

Political History - Joined UKIP (1999). Chairman of the Norwich and Norfolk Branch (2003-05), has been a member of the Agricultural Policy Group. Member of the Regional Committee (2004-05). Local Council candidate, North Norfolk District Council (2007). General Election candidate for Mid Norfolk (2001), for North Norfolk (2005) and candidate for Broadland at the next General Election. European Parliamentary candidate for the Eastern Region (2004). MEP Eastern Region (from second on the party list) (2009-). Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (2009-). Substitute member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (2011-). Member of the Fisheries Committee (2012-).

Other Information - Norfolk County Chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) (1998). Norfolk Delegate to HQ Council NFU (2000-). Chairman of Castle Acre Cricket Club. Drove from the UK to India at the age of 18 with friends to work in a School teaching English.
Intergroups - N/a.


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Interests: Agriculture,Small Business,Foreign Affairs

Commitee membership
  • Fisheries (Member)
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (Member)
  • Constitutional Affairs (Substitute)


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