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  2. Name: Douglas Edward Halifax Avatar: Ben Mulroney Age: 47 (8 Jan 1970) Sex: Male Ethnicity: English (vaguely Scottish ancestry) Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Bisexual (out, but not widely known) Party: Conservative Faction/Subgroup: Cameroon, Tory Reform Group Political Outlook: The very model of a modern wet Tory. Remain campaigner, not even remotely socially conservative, only a Tory because he was born into money. Constituency: Windsor Year Elected: 2015 Education: Eton 1988, BA (hons) Economics Cambridge 1992, MSc Economics and Management LSE 1995 Career: English Teacher British Council 1992-1993, Economic Analyst HSBC 1995-1999, Project Manager Trade Partners UK 1999-2003, Economist HSBC 2003-2005, Development Manager HSBC 2005-2007, Management Consultant PwC 2007-2015 Political Career: Backbench MP 2015- Douglas Halifax is a British Businessman and Politician currently serving as the Conservative MP for Windsor. Halifax is the only child of Edward David Halifax, an MP himself until 2015, and Diana Campbell. Halifax was educated at Eton and spent a gap year travelling in South America before entering Cambridge. Halifax graduated with honours degree in Economics in 1992 after which he spent a year as an English Teacher with the British Council in Russia before returning to Britain to complete his education. In 1995 Halifax graduated with an MSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and embarked on a career in banking and development. Halifax started his career with HSBC as an economic analyst working on their Eastern European expansion program, based in London he travelled frequently to their offices beyond the former Iron Curtain. In 1999 he left the bank and worked with the newly established Trade Partners UK managing international development projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2003 Halifax returned to the bank working as an economist and a development manager until 2007. Halifax then took a partnership at Price Waterhouse Coopers and provided management consulting services, primarily in finance and economics, to a variety of clients doing business in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and various other locations with ties to the regions. In 2015 Edward Halifax announced that he would not run again for MP and Douglas stood for nomination for his father's old seat. He was successful and has served in Parliament since the 2015 election. As an MP Halifax has established a track record as a moderate Tory, he campaigned for Remain, and advocates for strong public services supported by a growing economy. Halifax supports private involvement in the delivery of public services, competitive taxes, skilled immigration, and modernizing Britain's armed forces. Halifax is married to Dawn Woods and they have a son, Christopher. Halifax is a rugby enthusiast, a golfer, and a private pilot. He is also an active member of the British Humanist Association.
  3. Name: Harry West Avatar: Oscar Isaac Age: 43 Sex: M Ethnicity: British (1/4 Spanish via grandparent) Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Gay (out) Party: Labour Faction/Subgroup: Tribune, Labourite Political Outlook: Remainer but has opposed moves to a second referendum. Supported David Miliband in 2010, Yvette Cooper in 2015, and Owen Smith in 2016 (reluctantly) after disagreements with Corbyn's foreign policy. Constituency: Coventry South Year Elected: 2010 Education: Attended university - Economic History Career: Worked as Political adviser to in Labour HQ in the mid 90s after university and a junior SpAd in Tony Blair's first term. Worked for the TUC and instrumental in the development of the "Warwick agreement" between Labour and the unions ahead of the 2005 election. Worked briefly for Brown's government in 2007. Political Career: from a long running Labour family. Elected for Coventry South in 2010. On the Shadow Treasury bench from 2012 to 2014, and became Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2014. Resigned along with Hillary Benn in 2016 after the EU referendum.
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    Name: Kayla Gray Avatar: Caroline Konstnar Birthday: 12th October 1995 Gender: Woman Marital Status: Unmarried, relationship status unknown Sexual Orientation: Openly bisexual Party: Labour Faction/Subgroup: Socialist Campaign Group Political Outlook: Momentum, Campaigned to remain (and reform), Supported triggering Article 50, Respects the referendum result Constituency: Hackney South & Shoreditch Year Elected: 2015 Education: Local comprehensive, attended University College London Career: Staffer for Diane Abbott Political Career: MP for Hackney & South Shoreditch (2015-Present), Shadow Minister for Young People & Voter Registration (2016-Present) Bio: Kayla Gray was born on the 12th of October 1995 in Islington, London. She is the oldest of three children, with her two brothers aged seventeen and fifteen. Kayla’s family has lived in Islington all her life, with her mother being a nurse from Sweden and her father a teacher from Dublin. Kayla’s family were financially comfortable enough to get by but were by no means wealthy. Kayla’s mother is Jewish whilst her father has an Irish Catholic. Kayla attended a local comprehensive school in Islington. In school, she took a strong interest in humanities from a young age and also enjoyed English and Art. At GCSE her highest grades were in History, French, Geography, Art and English. At A-Level she chose to study Politics, Economics and History, achieving an AAB in her final examinations with the B coming in Economics. She subsequently went on to study History at university. Whilst doing her A-levels at university, Kayla worked part-time at a local children’s theatre as well as doing weekend art classes with local children, an activity which she found enjoyable and good for community engagement. Kayla’s first political memory was being carried on her father's shoulders at the anti-Iraq demonstration of February 15th 2003. Kayla joined the Labour Party in 2011, aged 14, and subsequently became very active in the Islington North CLP where she formed a strong relationship with local MP Jeremy Corbyn. In 2014, Kayla became a part-time staffer for Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, who she had previously worked with through her closeness with Corbyn. Kayla also became a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Stop the War coalition at this time. Kayla ended up being selected as the Labour candidate in Hackney South & Shoreditch at the 2015 General Election which she won with a majority of over 24,000, meaning she had become MP aged just 19 and was the Baby of the House. Following her election, Kayla became a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and was the second MP to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for the party leadership. Kayla supported remaining in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, advocating for remaining to reform and working to create “not just a social, but a socialist Europe”. She criticised both the official leave and remain campaigns for “failing to inform the British people of the reality of the situation, relying on crystal ball prophesying of doom to score points”. Following the referendum, Kayla supported the invoking of Article 50 to deliver on the democratic decision of the British people. Kayla remained on the backbenches at first to allow her to juggle her commitments as an MP with her commitments as a University student however, following the attempted coup in 2016, Kalya was appointed to replace Gloria De Piero as Shadow Minister for Young People & Voter Registration. Kayla referred to those in the Parliamentary Labour Party who tried to force Corbyn out as “snakes and traitors”. In the 2017 manifesto, Kayla was reportedly one of the most prominent advocates for votes at 16 being in the manifesto as well as pushing for more radical proposals on House of Lords reform, she was less successful in the latter. At the election, Kayla was returned as MP for her constituency with her majority increasing by over 14,000 from 2015. In her free time, Kayla is an avid reader and supporter of Arsenal Football Club. Kayla religiously defines herself as an atheist. Kayla is openly bisexual, her relationship status is unknown although there are rumours that she has dated Tommy Corbyn.
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  6. Requesting a username change to my character's name! Steffan Lewis Lewis speaking during a 2017 campaign rally shortly after the unveiling of "For the Many, Not the Few". Avatar: Fabien Roussel Age: 51 (born April 3rd, 1966) Sex: Male Ethnicity: Welsh Marital Status: Married since 1991. Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual Party: Labour Faction/Subgroup: Socialist Campaign Group, Bennite Political Outlook: Old Left, Eurosceptic, fully invested in the Corbyn experiment, fiercely loyal to the post-2015 party leadership. Constituency: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Year Elected: 2010 Education: Read History at University of Glasgow (1984-1988) Career: TGWU Organizer (1988-2000), Director of Organizing TGWU in Wales (2000-2007), Deputy to Len McCluskey in Unite's Industrial Strategy Department (2007-2010) Political Career: MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (2010-Present), Shadow Minister for International Development (2015-2016), Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (2016-2017). Born into a mining family in South Wales, some of Steffan Lewis's earliest memories involve trade unionism and the Labour Movement. Steffan's father, briefly an officer at the local NUM Lodge, would often take Steffan and his siblings to pickets, marches, and the like. But the seed of Steffan's involvement in social movement politics came upon the election of a Labour Government in February 1974 amidst the miners strike. Steffan's father leaned in with a serious look on his face and proclaimed "those bankers and fat cats, they answer to us now". Unfortunately, that Labour Government didn't go far enough. It didn't resolve the crisis on behalf of workers. And here we are, decades later. A deindustrialized, deunionized, decaying country condemned to profound inequality and misery. At least that's how Setffan sees it. Steffan attended university in Glasgow during the Thatcher years and became quite involved in student politics, while studying economic history. Upon graduation, Steffan worked as an organizer with the TGWU, keeping the flame of trade unionism alive and ultimately rising to a leadership position, leading organizing efforts in Wales. Upon the founding of Unite, Steffan was selected to work in future General Secretary Len McCluskey's Industrial Strategy team. Following a retirement in 2010, Red Len encouraged Steffan to contest his childhood constituency of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. Lewis ran an unabashedly Left campaign, discussing the need for Labour to return to its roots as an "unabashedly socialist party" committed to "building a society built on empowering workers" and viewing the 2010 Great Recession as a "starting off point to build something better, something more stable -- an order built on economic justice". With Unite and the CLP's alienated grassroots' support, Steffan squeaked by in the selection contest, against the Leadership's interest, before coasting to victory in the May General Election. In Parliament, Steffan proudly joined the Socialist Campaign group, but was not forced to endure the isolation and alienation associated with wandering "the Wilderness" that the associated with the parliamentary hard-left for long. In 2015, Steffan nominated Jeremy Corbyn in his long-shot bid for the Leadership, chairing his campaign in Wales. Following Corbyn's victory, Steffan declared in an interview that the new Leader was the "strongest candidate to lead us into a General Election out of anyone in the PLP, period," a statement he was mocked for until June 2017. An unyielding Corbyn loyalist, Steffan proudly joined Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet, serving in a junior ministerial role under Diane Abbot from until 2016. In wake of the 2016 chicken coup, Lewis was promoted to Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, where he vigorously made the case for Labour's programme of investment, public ownership, and worker empowerment.
  7. Elizabeth Margaret Trust was born October 13, 1975 in Cambridge, England to Dr. John Trust, an economics professor and Liberal Councillor, and Mary-Anne Trust (née Cowper), a public school teacher. Elizabeth split her youth between her mother’s family home in Dumbartonshire, Scotland and her own family residence in Cambridgeshire, where her father was a professor of Economics at the university. Of her childhood, Elizabeth remarked that she was “incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow up on both sides of the northern border.” Elizabeth was educated at St. Mary’s School in Cambridgeshire, where she would excel in literature. She would then go on to read PPE at Newnham College, Cambridge. At the girls’ college, Elizabeth allegedly had a relationship with TV presenter, Clare Balding, who was 4 years her senior but in her year. Though they both deny having had a romantic involvement, Balding has acknowledged that the two were “very close” during those years, and that “Elizabeth was one of the first people at Cambridge who knew I was gay.” Trust had been a Liberal Democrat, like her father, when she went to Cambridge, even serving as Secretary of the University of Cambridge Liberal Association; but in late 1994, Trust resigned her role and left the Lib. Dems to join Tony Blair’s “new” Labour Party. She would eventually go on to serve as Chair of the Cambridge University Labour Club in 1996. Trust completed her studies at Cambridge earning a 2:1 honours degree. She began her career as a Special Assistant to Patricia Hewitt (1997-2002), following from her constituency office to the Ministry of Women. In 2002, Trust was offered a position with the Institute for Public Policy Research, becoming an Associate Director for Health and Social Care. In 2006, Trust would return to government work, taking on a role as Special Advisor to Harriet Harman, working in the Deputy Leader’s Office until 2010. In 2010, with the blessing of her once-boss, Trust was chosen to be Labour’s candidate in the constituency of Leicester West. She was duly elected and has been the MP for the seat ever since. With the resignation of Gordon Brown following electoral defeat, Trust was in the envious position of having her former employer now serving as leader of the party. Harriet Harman, who had employed Trust for four years and campaigned for her in the general election, was now in the leader’s office, albeit temporarily. Nevertheless, Trust’s relationship with Harman proved useful, and Elizabeth was made Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. In 2011, she was shuffled by Miliband to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, delivering a keynote address at the Manchester Policy Week, a speech which gained her some notoriety for her charming and whimsical style. She remained at International Development until 2015. With the election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the party, Trust was removed from the Shadow Cabinet. She alleges that she offered to continue in the post of International Development, but that she was told by text message that Corbyn had decided to go with a different MP. Having returned to the backbenches, Elizabeth was able to cultivate her image as a charming, slightly geeky and entirely sincere woman with ideological tendencies that ran across the party's factions. She made several television appearances, featuring regularly on Question Time; and she has come to be regarded as a leading spokesperson for the non-Momentum wing of the Labour Party. Elizabeth married Peter Lane (b. 1973) in July of 1998. The couple have two children, Eleanor and Patrick, and they have a cocker spaniel named Davey. In addition to their family home in Leicestershire, Elizabeth holds her mother's family home in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, and rents a flat in London for work purposes. Peter is an architect with a London-based firm, but works out of Leicester. When she is not working, Elizabeth can often be found at the football ground. She is a supporter of Leicester City. Memberships and Affiliations Labour and Cooperative Parties Labour Together Labour For the Common Good Fabian Society Labour Women’s Network Tribune Group
  8. Skipton and Ripon - and can I also get a name change to "David Spicer" please?
  9. Name: David Spicer Avatar: Anders Fogh Rasmussen Age: 65 Sex: Male Ethnicity: White Marital Status: Married Spouse: Jenny Spicer [m. 1980] Children: Robert [b. 1981], Claire [b. 1984] Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual Party: Conservative Subgroup: Maybot Political Outlook: Maybot by technicality, verging on the Cameroon. Socially moderate (broadly liberal but had a religious upbringing), economically open to some intervention in the name of equality. Constituency: Skipton and Ripon Year Elected: 2015 Education: Attended local Grammar school B.A. History 1973 PGCE Teaching Certificate 1974 M.Ed. 1992 Career: 1975 - 1986 - Teacher, Grammar and comprehensive schools 1986 - 1992 - Deputy Head 1993 - 2001 - Headteacher 2001 - 2011 - Headteacher, City Academy, later Multi-Academy Trust 2012 - 2014 - Consultant, Free Schools Programme Political Career: 1978 - 1982 - Labour Councillor 2002 - 2006 - Conservative Councillor 2015 - Present - Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon David Samuel Spicer was born in 1952 in Edinburgh. His parents, GP Doctor Robert Spicer and his wife Irene, secured him a place at a local private school but moved him to a comprehensive after one term; Dr Spicer's social democratic persuasion being a barrier to the use of private funds for education. The family moved to Harrogate in 1961. David had a happy childhood. His parents were both studious and political and encouraged him to read and learn. He had a passion for History in particular but also enjoyed Mathematics and Literature. David sat the 11 plus examinations and was enrolled at his local Grammar school. This had a lasting impact on him and his belief that education can be a mechanism for success. He continued on at school through to Sixth form where he studied History, Mathematics and Literature. Spicer attended the University of Southampton between 1970 and 1973 where he read History. Spicer was a member of the Labour Society and was actively involved in his local Labour Party. Following graduation, he attended King Alfred's College in Winchester to complete his teacher education. He returned to Harrogate following this and taught in local grammar schools. David met future wife, Jennifer Laird, a fellow teacher, while on a conference in 1976. The couple married quickly after and started their family. David continued to be interested in Labour politics during this period and became a member of the City Council. During his teaching career, David specialised in History but took an interest in other branches of teaching and learning and particularly the widening gap between the early developments in cognitive psychology and modern "trendy" teaching methods. After Michael Foot's election as Labour leader and the infiltration of the party by a militant and increasingly strident left, Spicer left the party. Over time, he became disillusioned with left-wing politics as he witnessed the control the Unions had over his profession and the lack of faith his colleagues had in tried and tested traditional pedagogy. Both David and Jenny went on to become headteachers at neighbouring schools, Jenny at a Grammar and David at the local comprehensive. David fought off attempts by parents at his school to force changes to the curriculum and gained a reputation locally. Throughout the 1990s, David continued to build a reputation as a successful Headteacher. The new Ofsted regime created in 1992 favoured him and his style. He was interested in politics and was somewhat cheered by the move to the right of the Labour Party but it wasn’t enough to bring him back into the fold. While working as a Head in Knaresborough, he had gained contacts within the DfE and local authority. David volunteered to coordinate the creation of a new "City Academy". Embracing the idea of freedom and flexibility for schools, he became one of the UK's first heads of an Academy Trust. As CEO, Spicer would steer the Academy away from the prescriptive national curriculum of the Labour Government and innovated his own style of teaching and learning. His success gained the notice of new Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his colleagues. Interested in developing education policy further, he left the Academy and worked as a private consultant. One of his clients was Education Secretary Michael Gove. He was particularly involved in the development of the Conservative's proposals for a new type of "Free School" along a Scandinavian model. He advocated for further freedoms to be given to school leadership and for limitations to be placed on powers of the teaching unions. As he became involved in this element of political life, Spicer was a late convert to the Cameron project. He signed up to the Party and was almost immediately selected as their candidate for Skipton and Ripon. In the 2015 election, he was elected for the first time, making his maiden speech later that year. He was mostly associated with the Cameroon group of MPs for his involvement in education policy. However, his former Labour roots put him in good stead with the Red Tory "Maybot" group. As the Cameroon era drew to a close, it was to this group that Spicer stuck during Theresa May's premiership. He was re-elected at the 2017 election for Skipton and Ripon.
  10. Name: James Daniel McCrimmon Born: 1975 Avatar: Steven Fulop Parents: Colin and Avigail McCrimmon Factions: Socialist Campaign Group, with tinges of Blue Labour James McCrimmon MP is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Walthamstow since 2005. Born and raised in East Renfrewshire, James’s father Colin was a local union organizer and leader, having previously worked in shipbuilding. James’s maternal grandparents, Fritz and Sidonie, were both survivors of the Shoah who escaped the concentration camps and fled to the UK, where they were interned at Mooragh Camp on the Isle of Man. His mother worked as a cantor in the synagogue he grew up in. To please his future in-laws, Colin converted to Judaism as an adult, and James was raised in the faith. A bright student, he was encouraged to apply to independent schools around the age of 11. As such, he was accepted and attended Gordonstoun School in Moray for secondary school through sixth form on a scholarship. At Gordonstoun, he received his A levels in History, Music, and English Literature. He was contemporaries with Peter Phillips, Duncan Jones, and Isabel Oakeshott, the latter of whom he dated for two years. He then proceeded to attend the London School of Economics and received a BA in History. He remained in London and received an MA at King's College before joining the staff of John McDonnell in 1997 as his first parliamentary researcher. With McDonnell ensuring support from Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, and Neil Gerrard, he was selected as Labour's candidate to replace Gerrard in Walthamstow in 2005, the seat he has held ever since. An occasional rebel against the Labour whip and a critic of Tony Blair, he tied for 29th place in Labour's 2010 Shadow Cabinet election with Chris Bryant, and privately vented frustrations that Shawn Woodward, whom he had gotten five more votes than, was appointed as Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, while candidates that had placed above both of them, such as Angela Eagle, Tessa Jowell, and Hilary Benn, were relegated to "also attending" positions. He was instead appointed as Shadow Minister of State for Transport, where he shadowed Theresa Villiers. After the 2011 Conference where the party leader was given sole power to choose the Shadow Cabinet, Huizenga, whom many had placed as a likely candidate for ascension to the Shad Cab, was left out in the cold as Miliband promoted figures from the right of the party, including Chuka Umunna, Rachel Reeves, and Liz Kendall. He resigned from his shadow ministerial role and remained a left-wing gadfly and a frequent favorite of journalists for quotes criticizing the frontbench. He made his mark in Parliament serving on the London Regional Select Committee, where he cross-examined the Government on the matter of the 2011 Census in poorer communities. He later was Chair of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Select Committee where he advocated for further environmental controls in the Chilterns. For his scrutiny in this position, he was nominated to be named a Knight Bachelor, but he declined, considering his opposition to the “unnecessary” honours system. A member of the Sociaist Campaign Group since he entered the Commons, he endorsed Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 and was named Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, reuniting him with his mentor and friend, McDonnell. In 2016, he was named Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, and has held that role since. A strong believer that socialism is innately tied with the Jewish belief of tikkun olam, McCrimmon is an active member of multiple groups, including the Jewish Socialist Group, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, and Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory. He is married to the former Sophia Jenes and they are the parents of David, Victor, and Alona.
  11. Name: Nicole Sutton Avatar: Christina Ricci Age: 28 Sex: Female Ethnicity: White Marital Status:Single Sexual Orientation: straight ((currently single)) Party:Conservative Faction/Subgroup: Maybot Political Outlook: Cultural conservatism and Pro Leave Constituency: Clacton Year Elected: 2017 Education:High school graduate Career: Model 2007-2017 Political Career: None Bio:Nicole Sutton was Born in Philadelphia PA on 4/1/1989 to Caroline and John Sutton her mother died in childbirth and her father would remarried a year later her father and stepmother both would be very abusive to Nicole. As soon as she turned 18 she moved in with a friend and as soon as high was over moved to The United Kingdom for a fresh start. She would settle down in Clacton and soon found some work in modeling Nicole would have started paying attention to the local politics and though a no ex boyfriend got involved with the local Conservative party. in 2017 Nicole was selected to be the candidate for Clacton. There has been some controversy with her such as her opening admitting she prefer to date older men leading to some allegation she sleep her way to getting selected for the seat and there have been rumors of a drug problem and a drinking problem.
  12. James Edward David Manning was born on 3rd December 1967, the product of a union between Derrick George Solomon Manning and Elizabeth Mary Annabelle Knight. The couple were unmarried, had a tumultuous relationship, and were of different social strata; Derrick was from an impoverished background and working as a casual labourer. Elizabeth, by contrast, was came from a relatively upper-middle class background: indeed, she was distantly related to the Kitsons, Barons of Airedale; in her family had been prominent liberals and unitarians; a Mayor of Helmsley and Officer of the Most Excellent order of the British Empire; a knighted civil servant and prominent figure in the British Empire League; and an assortment of figures who in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had been involved in political campaigning to various degrees, primarily as proponents of “Imperial Federation” and home rule. Her great grandfather had been the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary. Irrespective of past glories, Elizabeth’s own branch of the family, though clinging to middle class pretensions, was neither especially wealthy nor prominent. In any case, her death in labour left the infant James Manning bereft of a mother and her influence. Derrick Manning’s subsequent descent into self-flagellatory depression, substance abuse, petty crime and illness left him in no fit state to pick up the slack. Thus it was into the care of a maternal great-uncle, the police constable George Knight, that the young James was entrusted. Growing up in Bath in a modest but painstakingly well-kept home, Manning’s youth was defined by his great uncle’s obsession with discipline, propriety and status. George was given to enforcing a rigid regime of early morning rises, cold showers, conservative meals and rigorous exercise. Knight had, prior to his career in the police service, been an officer of the Royal Air Force: innately protective of his self-perceived status as a member of the “gentleman’s class,” and enthusiastic for his great nephew to earn the same such standing, he required standards of discipline and maturity that led Manning to develop beyond his years. By his tenth birthday, the young Manning could recite classical poetry fluently in English and Latin; had a reasonable grasp of French; was a keen rugby player and cricketer; an excellent shooter; a devoted member of the local Church of England congregation and choir; and earned pocket money by polishing the shoes and pressing the uniforms of Knight’s fellow officers. It was when Manning was eleven that the family, such as it was, moved to Sutton in south London, where he attended Wilson’s School - a successful grammar school for boys. Manning struggled at first, facing intense bullying. He was studious but unpopular, being passed over for the captainship of the cricket team “despite being by far the best player” and only being allowed to play as a winger on the rugby pitch by virtue of his great uncle’s intervention. The expense of living in the capital had reduced the family’s condition to living in a single unheated room, as Knight - by now retired - drew on his pension. What his great uncle surely saw as a matter of profound shame was the primary reason for Manning’s victimisation by his predominantly well-off peers, though he fought hard to fit in: he had eschewed his native west country accent, adopting perfect received pronunciation, was strong academically, well groomed and dressed, and sufficiently well fed at least to have entered the heavyweight league in the district boxing championships. Manning passed his O Levels with flying colours, making clear his intention to attend his school’s sixth form college and set forth on the path to university. In the summer immediately following his graduation from compulsory secondary education, however, Manning was struck by tragedy: his great uncle died of cancer, having kept his diagnosis a secret. Manning was at once devastated and liberated. He was taken in to live with a family friend. He completed his sixth form studies with excellent grades against all expectations, amidst a maelstrom of late nights, heavy drinking, partying and sexual promiscuity. By the age of 18 Manning was widely held to be responsible for the pregnancies of two older women. A seminal influence in Manning’s life - his English literature teacher, the Scotsman Donald McKidd, encouraged his star pupil to seek pupillage at Oxbridge. To McKidd’s surprise and dismay, Manning did not do so. He took up a job as a butcher’s apprentice, and seated above the shop he purchased a small flat: within six months could single-handedly strip an animal carcass to the bone. Wanting to see more of the world, and believing hat his chances of doing so would be best enhanced by his enlisting in the armed forces, Manning signed up to join the British Army in 1987 and was sent to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst where he trained as an officer. He served for thirteen years in the Royal Artillery, leaving the Army with the rank of Major. He remains a reservist. Manning has spoken of his great love and affection for the armed forces, calling his time in the Army “the first time in [his] life that [he] truly fitted in.” During his service, Manning met the French-Australian model and fashion stylist Chloé Loubet. The couple married within three months of meeting. The couple would have four children, two daughters and two sons, in addition to Manning’s three children by previous relationships. The couple would divorce in 2005. After leaving the army in 2000, Manning did finally attend the University of Cambridge - reading classics at King’s College - and then went on to study a second degree in politics, philosophy and economics at the London School of Economics. Teaming up with his friend Ben Merchant, a New Zealander and serial technology investor, Manning developed UPark, an online marketplace which allows the owners of private land and property to rent out space for parking by motorists and cyclists, in 2005. The service was piloted in Cambridge and was a success, and launched worldwide in January 2006. Manning described the service as “a quiet revolution in how we think of space in cities and large towns,” and even touted the app as a technologically-driven alternative to “pay and display” systems in traditional dedicated car parks. However, Manning’s growing political ambitions led him to sell his shares in the fledgling company to Merchant for £11 million in 2010. The sale was probably a mistake: by 2017, the company was one of Britain’s largest-growing private technology companies with 6 million worldwide users and a valuation of £60 million. Ahead of the 2010 general election, Manning fought a fiercely contested campaign for the Conservative Party’s nomination to stand in the constituency of Winchester: he had earlier stood in Bath in 2005. Manning spoke and wrote at length about his vision for the future of the Conservative Party, expressing a view that “the very word ‘conservative’… no longer adequately represents us, and is indeed anathema to much of the country.” Manning proposed that the party rebrand to emphasise the “Unionist” part of its formal title. He spoke extensively of the need for the party to campaign and govern from the centre ground, calling for a synthesis of traditional conservative ideas with progressive policies. After a hard-fought campaign, Manning was selected narrowly to contest the seat ahead of a traditionalist opponent. At the 2010 general election Manning was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Winchester. Following the Conservatives’ entry into government he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in 2011. In 2013 Manning became an assistant government whip. He was then rapidly promoted in the wider Cabinet reshuffle of 2014 to succeed Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Education. Manning was criticised for appointing Tony Sewell, later Tony Sewell CBE, as his special adviser: in 2006, Sewell had said that boys were being failed by schools because lessons had become too "feminised". In 2014 Manning appeared on the BBC television programme “Who Do You Think You Are,” which uncovered his maternal links to the Barons of Airedale and his family’s role in the unitarian community, the British Empire League, and liberal politics of the 19th century. The programme was also able to uncover evidence about his paternal lineage, revealing to Manning for the first time that his father, in his fifties by the time of James’ birth, had served on submarines during the second world war and been awarded the Victoria Cross. Manning followed the appearance with a seminal yet controversial speech delivered to the Conservative Friends of India group, discussing British history and the British Empire. Manning said he was “hugely proud to be British,” but said that he acknowledged “great atrocities committed by Britain against communities in India and other colonised parts of the world.” However, he also claimed that “the British Empire was not uniquely evil, nor was it uniquely malevolent or neglectful towards its colonies […] whilst we all today, with the benefit of modern understanding, reject and resent colonialism, it is prudent to acknowledge that in many cases life under British rule was better than life under the rule of other colonial empires pursuing similar practices… and Britain’s decolonisation process was pretty peaceful and willing compared to many.” He said that “all developed nations have dark smears across the pages of their history; but Britons of all colours and creeds should balance critique and sorrow for those stains with drawing pride from the positive achievements of Britain, and indeed the British Empire. History is nuanced: it is the same sovereign state which at one stage played the biggest role in the transatlantic slave trade which later did more than any other country on Earth to put a stop to it. Students of history need to be able to assess these things dispassionately, as far as possible, and with an eye for historical context.” It was noted in the media after the speech that Manning is a personal friend of Dr. Zareer Masani, a historian of Indian origin who writes with a largely positive view about the British Raj. In the same speech, Manning addressed immigration into the UK, saying: “I am unashamedly pro-immigration, which has been seminal in the foundation of a British identity for thousands of years: immigration does not diminish, but rather enhances, our cultural heritage.” Elaborating, Manning claimed that: “since the Romans invaded from modern-day Italy; the Anglo-Saxon tribes from modern-day Germany; the Norman French, upon whose foundations the modern British state is laid […] that quintessentially British meal, fish and chips, originates in the kitchens of eastern European Jews living in London. Many of our biggest cities, especially in the north, are full of Irish heritage. The Royal Family, until it changed its family name in 1917, was openly Germanic. The arrival of Caribbean settlers in the 1960s heralded the birth of the Notting Hill Carnival. Indians in the 1970s brought curry, now a beloved national dish, to this country. Modern-day Eastern Europeans make up a disproportionate number of our doctors and nurses. Britain is, truthfully, a nation of immigrants.” Manning joked: “the British Isles are home to the highest concentration of ginger people anywhere in the world - that’s a Celtic trait, so I was here long before most of you.” He concluded somewhat wryly: “the British nation, of which I am by the way profoundly proud, could not reasonably expect to rule over a quarter of the world’s people and raise them under the British flag, and then later tell them that they are not welcome in the mother country.” Following concerns from business leaders that children were leaving school without good teamwork skills, Manning stated that character development was as important as academic achievement. In December 2014, he announced £3.5 million of funding to promote the building of "grit" and "resilience" amongst students. Some schemes were said to be likely to involve ex-servicemen teaching pupils – particularly those with behaviour problems – the importance of discipline, in a model very familiar to Manning himself. Privately, Manning was said to be a proponent of expanding school choice, particularly with the advent of new grammar schools, though the suggestion was not adopted as government policy. Ahead of the 2015 general election, and speaking at a meeting of the “Bright Blue” Conservative think tank, Manning said Conservatives would have to send out an optimistic message and not just "the language of hate" if they were to win the next general election. His comments were thought to show concern at right-wing backbenchers' criticisms of Cameron on immigration and welfare. Manning announced in the same speech that he planned for all schools to become academies by 2022. Reports surfaced in the press that he had lobbied for a dramatic increase in per-pupil funding for schools ahead of the 2016 budget, and threatened to resign if it was not delivered: government sources denied the rumour. In 2016, Manning supported the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, and was a prominent political backer of the “BeLeave” campaign targeted at young voters and run by the future commentator Darren Grimes. There was some speculation that a rift had formed between Manning and the Prime Minister over education policy, with Manning demanding more funding and a more radical approach to school choice, and it was widely expected that Manning would be dropped from the Cabinet in a future reshuffle: some suggested that his decision to back Brexit was a rebuke to the Remain-supporting government. Following the referendum, Manning initially advocated a “Norway model” of Brexit, becoming associated with Lord Owens’ “Norway for Now” proposals. He had, during the referendum campaign, spoken in favour of the UK joining the European Free Trade Association, but later admitted that “continued membership of the single market in that form [did] not seem to be compatible with people’s wishes.” Manning was moved out of the Department for Education and lost his Cabinet seat when he was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office in 2016 by incoming Prime Minister Theresa May, with a new remit to pursue IT reform across the civil service. One of his innovations included introducing the single cross-Whitehall estate access pass. He was also responsible for launching the cross-government ROSA IT system for collaboration on SECRET material. He joked that a large part of his work involved “wrenching ministers and officials away from their five-year-old Blackberries,” and though he was not successful in unifying IT procurement and protocol across the entire government, he did express pride in successfully converting the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street to what he called “a more modern set-up.” Manning was an enthusiastic proponent of centralising government procurement and outsourcing, claiming that up to £25 billion could be saved “if administrators put their heads together.” Manning regarded the 2017 general election campaign as “a disaster” and was said after the event to have been warning privately for weeks that the Conservatives would not secure a majority. He reiterated his call for the Conservatives to “change or die” following the election. Speaking to the Tory Reform Group, he said that the party needed to find “a middle way between the socialist view of the Labour Party and the Thatcherite consensus of the last forty years, which was instrumental in Britain’s success in the 1980s […] but is a half-century old programme which does not address the challenges and opportunities we face in the here and now.” Manning claimed to be working on the production of a policy document entitled “the New Unionist Manifesto” which would elucidate his vision for an economic and social agenda which he described as loosely modelled on German “Rhine Capitalism,” but later admitted that the project had “taken a back seat to ongoing political realities.” [b]Personal Life[/b] Manning divorced his first wife in 2005, and married his second, Abigail, in 2012. He has seven children; four by his first wife, and three by previous partners born during his early adulthood. He lives in the medieval market town of Bishop’s Waltham when not working in London and owns a “small flat” in Pimlico. Manning speaks French, German and Russian as well as English, and is fluent in classical Latin and Greek. He is currently studying Mandarin. He enjoys playing and watching cricket, rugby union and tennis; he is also an avid fan of Formula One motor racing. He enjoys painting with oils, mostly landscapes, though he claims he “isn’t very good.” Manning is passionate about aviation and in 2003 wrote to the then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, urging him to step in to prevent the retirement of Concorde and/or procure an airframe for government use. He is a self-made millionaire, with most of his wealth gained through the £11 million sale of his share of UPark in 2010. Manning said that he “doesn’t really spend money on anything except clothes,” pointing out that whilst he purchases tailored suits, he drives a 1990s Rover 800 which has been in his possession for twenty years, lives in a “modest and rather dilapidated house,” and “uses the same Smith’s watch from the 1960s that my great-uncle wore as a police constable.” Manning is a practising member of the Church of England, though he describes himself as Anglo-Catholic. He admitted publicly in 2013 to having “dabbled” in same-sex relationships in his youth, revealing the anecdote while confirming his support for same-sex marriage. Manning said that there were “unique challenges” associated with being LGBT in the military, and particularly in the army: he said there were “some ideals for soldiers in terms of masculinity - which are in one way very necessary to the meat and gravy of what we have to do - that can also harmful.” Manning revealed in 2017 that he takes prescription antidepressants and has undergone therapy to come to terms with “certain periods of darkness in [his] life.” He was featured in GQ magazine in the run-up to the 2015 election, his slim-fitting Gieves & Hawkes tailored suits with distinctive low gorges, wide bellied lapels, ticket pockets, roped sleeve-heads and pleated and cuffed trousers drawing particular praise. Manning joked that he had “sort of created [his] own house style” and said “one thing I’d like to do, when there’s more money to spend, is create some sort of fund for kids reaching adulthood - boys and girls - to get themselves suited and booted […] you know, some smart clothes for interviews and to really give them some self-confidence.” Manning joked that he had wanted to grow a moustache during late 2014, but had had the idea “vetoed by Number 10.” [B]Political Character (notes for admins)[/b] Manning has been described as “so wet he’s drowning” and accused of “scarcely disguising the fact that he’s a Lib Dem” by opponents within the Conservative Party. He is seen as a bit of a maverick, with speculation rampant that he had a major falling out with David Cameron ahead of the EU referendum and that this was a factor in his choosing to support Brexit. Another criticism of Manning is that he is a self-publicist: eagerly doing the media rounds as often as possible. However, his tenures at the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office were generally seen as positive and successful. He is recognised as a good communicator, but known for being a strong “big picture vision” thinker and weaker on detail. He is quite popular with Young Conservatives, among whom he has a reasonable following, but very unpopular with right-wing Conservative MPs. His relationships with civil servants have generally been good. Manning associates mainly with the Cameroon and Maybot factions of the Conservative Party, and has good relationships with Parliamentarians from other parties too. [i]Private Eye[/i] is prone to making sardonic references to the fact that he is not involved in the lives of his first two children, yet has publicly said that children “need two loving parents.” For some unknown reason Manning demands positively frigid temperatures in his offices, once drawing the ire of DfE civil servants by asking for the central heating to be set “absolutely no higher than 19 degrees.” He responded: “I’m a Tory, so probably cold-blooded.”
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  14. Name: Nathan James Avatar: Rupert Graves Age: 44 Sex: Male Ethnicity: White Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Conservative Party Faction/Subgroup: Maybot Political Outlook: A Eurosceptic, with interest in pursuing the EFTA/ Norway option. A staunch opponent of the single currency. Constituency: Maidstone And The Weald Year Elected: 2010 Education: University of Kent Career: Criminal Lawyer Political Career: Before becoming an MP, Nathan had been a local Councillor, serving in Canterbury City Council for four years before moving to Maidstone. Nathan served two terms before standing for election to replace Anne Widdecombe for the 2010 election. He voted Leave although felt that Cameron could have pushed for more EU reforms. Felt Cameron bottled it after the referendum result. James supported Theresa May although Felt it was wrong for her to call an election. Having served on the backbenches, he hopes to move into the frontbench scene. Nathan was spurred to join Party and work hard to get elected after the disappointment of 1997 as he watched as a teenager and the ensuing disaster that was IDS and Michael Howard. Nathan's Euroscepticism began in his college years where he believed that there should be a trade group with out the parliament and commission. He believed in a Free Trade set up. Nathan is a lover of several sports and his best moment was taking 6-44 and hitting 54 not out in a local cricket league. Sadly though something he didn't repeat. He is married to Katie and they have a daughter aged 6 and a son aged 10
  15. Ali Khan

    Ali Khan MP

    Narrative: Ali Khan was born the 3rd son of Muhammad and Syma Khan in London on May 1st, 1974. Ali’s grandfather was a wealthy businessman in Pakistan and had sent his sons Muhammad and Nazir to study in Britain. The brothers completed their education and decided to remain in London with Muhammed becoming a successful grocer and Nazir an insurance agent. Ali spent much of his youth working in the family stores but took a keen interest in his uncle’s insurance business. Ali excelled in his education and attended Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lincoln College. At university he considered joining the Labour Party but was persuaded by a fellow student, Azra Modood, to attend a meeting of the Conservative Association. He accepted an internship with the CCHQ and helped analyze the defeat of the Conservatives at the 1994 local elections. Shortly after graduating in 1995 he married Azra. Ali began his career in insurance by serving as an analyst with Legal & General and excelled, later moving to Aviva Insurance where he served as an Associate Vice President and later Vice President in Middle Market Commercial. He maintained his interest in Conservative politics and stood successfully for the Hammersmith and Fulham council in 2006. In 2008, Ali’s father passed away and he inherited a sizeable sum along with his brothers. Introduced to David Cameron by a friend of his father’s, he was named to the Conservative A List and was later selected as the parliamentary candidate for the new seat of Chelsea and Fulham and was elected in 2010. Ali was a strong supporter of Cameron’s politics and believed the Conservative Party needed to become more diverse to be successful in the long term and shake a Thatcherite image. In 2013 he became Deputy Chief Whip and served until the 2015 election. He views himself on the moderate left wing of the party and campaigned to remain within the European Union. He opposed a 2nd referendum, repeatedly stating the voters had made their decision and it was his responsibility to carry it forward. He found himself at the center of a minor scandal when a hot mic incident picked up him referring to Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, as a “complete knob end”. He supported May during the 2016 leadership election as the obvious choice. Following the party’s disastrous results in London during the 2017 election, he called for a rethink of the party’s strategy in urban areas. Ali and Azra raise three children and Azra is a charity worker and university lecturer. Ali enjoys cycling, running, volunteering, reading and traveling.
  16. Name: Clarissa "Clarice" Ashbridge Avatar: Claire Foy Age: 41 (born 4th February 1976) Sex: Female Ethnicity: White British Marital Status: Divorced, three children Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist (2005 present) Liberal Democrats (1993 - 2005) Faction: Cameroon, Tory Reform Group Political Outlook: Progressive conservatism, Scottish unionism. Voted Remain Constituency: East Renfrewshire Year Elected: 2017 Education: Uplawmoor Primary School. 1980 - 1987 St George's School, Edinburgh, 1987 - 1989 Eastwood High School, 1989 - 1993 LLB, University of Glasgow, 1993 - 1997 Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Glasgow, 1997 - 1998 Career: Trainee solicitor, Mackinlay and Suitte, 1998 - 2000 Solicitor, Dundas & Wilson, 2000 - 2004 Advocate - 2004 - 2006 Advocate Depute, Crown Office, 2006 - 2011, 2011 - 2013 Political Career: Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothian, 2013 - 2016 Member of the Scottish Parliament for West Scotland, 2016 - present Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, 2014 - 2017 Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire, 2017 - present Biography: Clarissa Luciana Ashbridge QC MP MSP, known professionally as Clarice Ashbridge, is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Hertsmere since the 2017 general election. She also concurrently serves as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for West Scotland, a position she has held since 2016. Born in Paisley on the 4th February 1976, Clarice was the eldest of James Ashbridge and his second wife Laura Ashbridge's four children. James Ashbridge (1935 - 1989) was the millionaire founder of the Ashbridge Electronics Company, whilst Laura (1940 - present) was a schoolteacher. Raised in the family's large home outside the village of Uplawmoor in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, Clarice attended the local primary school where her mother taught, before being sent to the independent St George's School for Girls in Edinburgh to begin her secondary education. It was two years into secondary school, when Clarice was 13, that devestation struck the family. Her father died in 1989 at 54 in a fatal car crash in Paris, and it soon emerged that her father had in fact cut the four children out of the will, and that her father had left the money promised to the children to their half brother, his first child James. With the family falling on hard financial times, Clarice was withdrawn from St George's and completed her education at Eastwood High School. Despite this massive change to her life, and the stress of an ongoing legal battle over her father's estate, Clarice excelled academically and graduated with straight A's from her final year at Eastwood. She studied law at the University of Glasgow from 1993 to 1997, where she took a keen interest in tennis and wrote for student newspaper the Glasgow Guardian, as well as becoming President of the Glasgow University Liberal Democrats - having joined the party in her first year. Following her qualification to practice law in 1998, Clarice began her professional practice as a trainee solicitor, working at the Barrhead-based solicitors Mackinlay and Suitte, where she worked for two years before taking a job at the prominent Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson. She spent six years working there, eventually becoming an advocate in 2004. In 2001, she met her future husband, Michael Greene, whilst accompanying her boss to a reception hosted by the US Consulate in Edinburgh. Although fifteen years her senior, romance quickly blossomed between the pair and they were married in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, in 2004. In 2005, she joined the Conservative Party. In 2006, after eight years of private practice, Clarice became an Advocate Depute for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal in Edinburgh, acting as the prosecution's representative for cases being tried in the High Court of Justiciary. In 2010, she served as the depute to Alex Prentice QC in HM Advocate vs Sheridan and Sheridan, the trial in which former Scottish Socialist leader Tommy Sheridan was found guilty of perjury. By 2011 she was considered to be something of a rising star in the Crown Office, but shocked her colleagues in 2011 by resigning abruptly in January to stand for the Scottish Parliament. She was selected as the Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Southern and was placed third on the regional list for the Lothian region. She fell well short of winning her constituency, and only two Tory MSPs were returned for the region, leaving the defeated Clarice to return to the Crown Office later that year. Returning to legal practice, Clarice's plans for a political career were by all accounts over - with her telling friends that she would not stand for selection in 2016 even though she was rumoured to stand a good chance at topping the list and winning election. Her appointment as Queen's Counsel in the spring of 2013 seemed to confirm the fact that her legal career would continue to be her life's focus. However, in August 2013, Lothian MSP David McLetchie died, leaving a vacancy in Holyrood to be filled from the Conservative list. Clarice was asked if she would still be willing to serve as MSP, and she said yes. Within a year of taking up her seat in Holyrood, Ruth Davidson had appointed her as Shadow Justice Secretary. She campaigned heavily for the Better Together campaign during the 2014 independence referendum, and by the end of 2015 her star had risen to such a point in such a short space of time that there was genuine talk of Clarice potentially succeeding Ruth Davidson as Scottish Conservative leader in the event she resigned from her role. In 2016, Clarice was re-elected as a regional MSP, this time standing in Cunninghame North and the lead candidate on the West Scotland electoral list. Although once again failing to win a constituency, she was returned as a regional MSP, and continued in her role as Shadow Justice Secretary. She was also a vocal supporter of the Remain campaign in the Brexit referendum, but later would support the government's Brexit policy. In 2017, with Ruth Davidson's position as leader secured following a great result for the party in 2016 - and therefore Clarice's leadership ambitions unlikely to come to fruition within the next few years - Clarice took the decision to resign from the frontbench, and stand in the snap general election for her home constituency of East Renfrewshire. As the Conservatives stormed to a great result for them in Scotland, Clarice was elected ahead of the incumbent SNP candidate. Remaining as both an MSP and MP - although having promised to stand down at the next Scottish Parliament election - Clarice currently serves on the backbenches, and is a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee and a number of All-Party Political Groups. She is the chair of the CANZUK APPG. Clarice divorced Michael Greene in 2015, following an extra-marital affair with his secretary. Following his return to America, Clarice holds sole custody of the couple's three children: Matthew (b. 2003), and twins Lauren and Jodie (b. 2007). Ashbridge splits her time between London and the family home in Uplawmoor, and also owns. Clarice remains close with her three siblings Ross, Alex (both b. 1978) and Claire (b. 1980), but maintains her animosity towards her half-brother James, the chair of the Ashbridge Group and a major supporter of the Conservative Party. She attracted a fair amount of media attention in 2015 for refusing to attend a fundraiser organised by James which the Shadow Cabinet in Scotland were invited to, calling her invite "a desperate attention seeking ploy from my brother." Her sister Claire is a Liberal Democrat councillor in East Dunbartonshire. In her spare time, Clarice enjoys playing tennis, watching Rangers FC, and the music of Genesis and UB40. Electoral Record 2011 Scottish Parliament Election: Edinburgh Southern SNP - Jim Eadie - 9,947 - 29.4% Labour - Paul Godzik - 9,254 - 27.4% Liberal Democrats - Mike Pringle - 8,297 - 24.6% Conservative - Clarissa Ashbridge - 6,298 - 18.6% 2016 Scottish Parliament Election: Cunninghame North SNP - Kenneth Gibson - 16,587 - 51.9% Conservative - Clarissa Ashbridge - 24.6% Labour - Johanna Baxter - 6,735 - 21.1% Liberal Democrats - Charity Pierce - 780 - 2.4% 2017 General Election: East Renfrewshire Conservative - Clarissa Ashbridge - 21,496 SNP - Kirsten Oswald - 16,784 Labour - Blair McDougall - 14,346 Liberal Democrats - Aileen Morton - 1,112
  17. Name: Calvin James Ward Avatar: Jim Murphy Age: 50 October 19th, 1967 Sex: Male Ethnicity: Scottish White Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Labour Faction/Subgroup: Tribune/Open Labour Political Outlook: Soft left. Supports renationalisation for utilities and transportation. Euro-friendly and Unionist. Focuses on kitchen table issues. Constituency: Edinburgh South Year Elected: 2010 Education: Royal High School, Edinburgh (1981-1985) University of St Andrews (BA 2001 Education) Career: Footballer: 1985-1995 (retired due to injury 1985-1990 Hearts 1990-1993 West Ham United, Scottish National team 1993-1995 Wimbledon Political Career: Member of Scottish Parliament 2003-2010 Member of Parliament 2010-present Opposition Whip 2011-2013 Shadow Minister for Scotland 2013-2015 Shadow Secretary of State for Education (2015-2017 The son of a Church of Scotland Minister and an NHS Nurse, Calvin James Ward grew up in a middle-class home in Edinburgh. Though an average student, Ward found success on the football pitch; earning himself a spot on the Hearts of Midlothian Academy team, being promoted to the senior team at seventeen. Calvin had great success in his professional career as he transferred to the English League, and even played in the 1990 World Cup. However, after ten years he was forced to retire after a string of knee injuries. He then decided to start over and teach after getting his degree in 2001. However, seeing his students and their family’s struggle inspired Calvin to not just stand by and ask for more. The minor celebrity status gave him the tool to do something, so he had the obligation to act. He stood for Scottish Parliament as a Labour candidate and won easily. His time in Holyrood molded him as a fiery debater and loud advocate for working people. He stood in 2010 for Edinburgh South, and while he was victorious Labour was not. He has since served in Shadow roles, rising as high as Education Secretary under Corbyn. He supported Better Together and Remain in their respected referenda. He voted for strikes in Syria in 2015. He has been adamant that he would not support either a Hard Brexit or No Deal Brexit. He is married to Chelsea Ward and they have two sons Michael and Peter. Ward still enjoys golf and jogs most mornings. He is known to also enjoy spirits and cigars in moderation
  18. Ali Khan

    Ali Khan MP

    Name: Ali Khan Avatar: Nikesh Patel Age: 43 (5/1/1974) Sex: Male Ethnicity: British-Pakistani Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual Party: Conservative Faction/Subgroup: Cameroon Political Outlook: Cameronite, Remainer, Socially moderate, economically moderate, reform mind. Constituency: Chelsea and Fulham Year Elected: 2010 Education: Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford (1995) Career: Analyst, Legal & General (1995-1999) AVP, Aviva Insurance (1999-2003) VP, Aviva Insurance (2003-2009) Political Career: Intern, CCHQ (1994-1995) Councillor, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2006-2010) Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham (2010-) Government Deputy Chief Whip (2013-2015) Narrative: (to follow)
  19. Name: Amanda Sandra Stockley Avatar: Carice van Houten Age: 41 Sex: female Ethnicity: Caucasian Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Labour Faction/Subgroup: Labour to Win Political Outlook: Sot Blairite, but in support of progressive social democracy. Also an Environmentalist. Supported Bremain during the Campaign. Constituency: Birmingham Selly Oak Year Elected: 2010 Education: Studied Biotechnology at Oxford University. Got PhD in Biological Studies. Career: Began as Biomedical Scientist Microbiology at IMC Locums in Birmingham. Eventually rose to Senior Scientist. Became member of Labour at 26. Political Career: Was elected to Birmingham City Council at 29. Stayed Councillor until her elections as MP. During her time, was involved as PPS to the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, in 2014.
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