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Watford (House of Commons)
Mr Richard Harrington MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 30 The Avenue
Surgery Tel: 01923 296 790
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 1,425 Born - 1957. Married, 2 sons.
Education - Leeds Grammar School. Keeble College, Oxford (Law).
Previous Occupation - Postgraduate scheme with John Lewis. Assistant to the managing director of Waitrose. Set up Harvington Properties, a property development company, he is now a shareholder and a Non Executive Director. Former Managing Director of a firm involved with the development, sales and management of holiday resorts in both the UK and Europe (later sold to a listed American company) (1990-2000). Shareholder and Non Executive Director of Eden Financial (wealth management business located in the City of London).
Personal Overview - Won this seat at the 2010 election with the Conservatives coming from third to take first place here. A long time conservative party member, campaigner and loyalist. He has been active in elections since 1983 in the Hertsmere and latterly Watford area. Appointed a party Treasurer in 2008, he helped launch the Conservative donor No 10 Club with Sir John Major, of which he has been Chairman. He is known to have supported Ken Clarke for the party leadership in 2001 and has been active within the Conservative Friends of Israel as Chairman of their Executive Board. He has had a successful business career, both setting up his own firm Havington Properties with two university friends as well as developing other larger companies. He was also involved in the restoration of one of Glasgows well known hotels 'One Devonshire Gardens'.
Political History - Conservative Party Treasurer (2008). MP Watford (2010-). Member of the International Development Select Committee (2010-12).
Characteristics - Former Fundraising Chairman of the Variety Club Childrens Society (2003-05). Has been a governor of University College School in Hampstead. Has also supported both children's charities and charities for the homeless in Watford.
Business Tel: 020 7219 3000
Interests: Business & Finance,Health,Charities,Property Management
- Group against Antisemitism (Member)
- Apprenticeships Group (Vice Chairman)
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- UK Events Industry Group (Member)
- Film Industry Group (Vice Chairman)
- Integrated Healthcare Group (Member)
- Music Education Group (Member)
- National Citizen Service and Volunteering Group (Member)
- Print Group (Member)
- Pro-Bono Work Group (Member)
- Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Group (Member)
- Sure Start Children's Centres Group (Secretary)
- Tackling Terrorism Group (Member)
- Kashmir Group (Secretary)
- Pakistan Group (Member)
Eastern (European Parliament)
Mr Patrick O'Flynn MEP (UKIP)
MEP Since - 2014. Born - 19.
Education - School in Cambridge. Cambridge University (Economics). King's College, London.
Previous Occupation - Worked on the Political Desk of the Daily Express (1996). Former Political Editor, Daily Express. Chief Political Commentator, Daily Express (2006-14). UKIP Director of Communications (2014-).
Personal Overview - Entered the European Parliament from first place on the UKIP list at the 2014 elections. Originally from Cambridge, with an 18 year career background working in the Newspaper industry. He has made the move from commenting on the state of the political landscape to actually taking part in politics itself. While at the Daily Express he was involved in taking the Papers' editorial policy to a position of withdrawal from the European Union. He was also one of the first to coin the phrase 'squeezed middle' in British politics, which has since been used by politicians from all sides. He became the UKIP Director of Communications shortly before the European elections in the February of 2014. This was seen as somewhat of a coup for UKIP and bringing with it a great deal of media experience to a party which had previously been seen to sometimes lack a coherent communications strategy, particularly when individual representatives such as Godfrey Bloom went 'off message'. With his media honed skill for identifying resonant issues some commentators have even tipped him as a future party leader.
Political History - MEP Eastern Region (2014-).
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Interests: Media,Newspaper Industry
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