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James Rackham
(@thereformer)
Anxious Alternate Historian
Joined: 3 months ago
Posts: 19
04/03/2019 5:06 pm  

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The Cotswolds | Conservative (2005-)
Parliamentary - 3
Media - 3
Policy - 6


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James Rackham
(@thereformer)
Anxious Alternate Historian
Joined: 3 months ago
Posts: 19
05/03/2019 1:21 pm  

James Rackham

Born in the town of Cheltenham in 1969, Rackham was born to an army family who's father represented the fifth generation of British Army officers. His family had settled in the town after his father was wounded while training Omani armed forces troops during the small British deployment to the country in what would become known later as the Dhofar Rebellion, the injuries left his father with chronic pain in his left leg and required him to use a cane for the rest of his life. Rackham benefited from his father's military career by securing a place at Gordon's school at the age of 11 in 1980 where he remained throughout his education before attending Royal Military Academy Sandhurst aged 18. 

Between the ages of 19 and 27 Rackham served in the British Army, eventually achieving the rank of Major before transferring to the Territorial Army in 1996. Following his departure from the army, Rackham became a member of the short lived 'Referendum' party before leaving in support of William Hague's new leadership of the Conservative party in 1997. During this period he had found new employment at Chatham house as a researcher on counter-terrorism operations, a role he had found interest in during the Yugoslav-wars of the 1990's. He remained at the organisation for six years until 2004 when he officially registered as a Conservative Party candidate for his home constituency of the Cotswolds and was selected by the Constituency party following the death of his father that same year. He was elected to parliament in 2005 aged 36 and in 2012 became Chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee aged 43.

Throughout his time in Parliament he has largely focused on developing policy and serving constituency interests on the backbenches. He was a supporter of David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative party and both voted for the legalisation of Gay Marriage, military action in Syria and the 2011 private members bill proposing a referendum on membership of the EU. He focuses on foreign policy issues and local issues in his home seat.

The Cotswolds | Conservative (2005-)
Parliamentary - 3
Media - 3
Policy - 6


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