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Name: Henry Carpenter
Age: 62
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White British
Sexuality: Straight
Avatar: Tim Sainsbury MP (circa 1990)
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Education: Wellington College, Berkshire; Christ Church, University of Oxford;  Inns of Court School of Law
Career: Barrister

Party: Conservative
Constituency: Havant (and its earlier iterations)
Faction: Monday Club
Parliamentary Career: Long-time backbencher

Henry Robert Carpenter was born in the village of Rowland's Castle, Hampshire on 17th October 1928 to Charles Carpenter and Dorothy (née Emmett). He was educated at Wellington College, a boarding school in Berkshire.

On turning 18, Carpenter joined the Royal Navy for his National Service, serving in Portsmouth. After the completion of his service, he read Mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. After graduation, Carpenter trained as a barrister, at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple. As a barrister, he operated primarily in the South Hampshire area.

In 1962, the Conservative MP for Portsmouth Langstone, Geoffrey Stevens, announced his intention to retire. Carpenter was successful in securing the nomination as the new Conservative candidate. He was duly elected at the 1964 general election, with a majority of just under 10,000. He has been re-elected at each following general election for the constituency, its successor Havant and Waterloo, or its current configuration, Havant.

In his earlier years in Parliament, Carpenter was tagged by the media as a Powellite, a term which at that time only applied to support of laissez-faire economic policies, in contrast to Heath's centrism. The term was also valid more broadly for Carpenter, however. He has attributed both the 1970 Tory election victory and 1974 defeats to the actions of Mr Powell. Like Powell, Carpenter opposed British membership of the EEC, on sovereignty grounds, including advocating for a No vote in the 1975 referendum. Unlike Powell, however, and like the later Thatcherites, Carpenter's foreign policy views are more explicitly hawkish and his social views more explicitly derived from his faith.

During his time in Parliament, Carpenter has served on a variety of different select committees, and chaired a large number of standing committees. He has avoided any sort of Government role so that he can continue with his scrutiny work, which he believes is perhaps the single most vital role of a Member of Parliament.

Carpenter lives in southern Hampshire, with his wife Lilian. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He is a member of the Monday Club.