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Margot Redfearn MP Name: Margot Redfearn MP Avatar: Helen McCrory Age: 55 (29th April 1962) Sex: Female Ethnicity: White British Marital Status: Married, to Anthony Redfearn since 1987 Family: Two children, Philip (b. 1988) and Emma (b. 1991) Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Conservative Political Outlook: Cameroon, specifically within the Tory Reform Group Constituency: Hertsmere Year Elected: 2005 Education: Primary & secondary - Dame Alice Harpur School (1969-1980) BA, History, Corpus Christi, Cambridge (1980-1983) Career: Investment Banker, JP Morgan (1983-1987) Investment Banker, Barclays (1987-1992) Owner, Queenswood Exports (1992-2005) Owner, Castlemaine PR (1995-2005) Political Career: Local Government and Pre-Parliament Councillor, Harpenden Town Council (May 1997-May 2001) Councillor, St Albans City and District Council (May 1999-May 2005) Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bedford (October 2000-June 2001) Parliament Member of Parliament for Hertsmere (May 2005-present) Cameron Shadow Ministry Shadow Minister for Enterprise (July 2007-January 2009) Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (January 2009-May 2010) Cameron Ministry Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (May 2010-September 2012) Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (September 2012-May 2015) Minister without Portfolio and Co-Chair of the Conservative Party (May 2015-July 2016) Biography: Margot Redfearn MP (born 29th April 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Hertsmere since the 2005 general election. Margot was born in Edinburgh as the firstborn child of John Redfearn, a geography master at Fettes College, and Hazel Redfearn, nee Prentice, the college nurse. The family remained in Edinburgh for some years after Margot’s birth, during which time John and Hazel had two more children, George and Joanne. When Margot was seven, the family moved from Edinburgh to Bedford after John was appointed Deputy Headmaster of Bedford School. With academia and public service running through the family, it was no surprise that Margot performed well at school. She attended Dame Alice Harpur School from 1969 to 1980, attaining excellent grades in both her O and A level examinations. The latter of which helped her secure a place at the University of Cambridge, where she read History at Corpus Christi from 1980 to 1983. Upon graduation, Margot joined J.P. Morgan & Co as an investment banker, working in their London and New York offices between 1983 and 1987. It was during her latter posting where she met Anthony Redfearn, a Foreign Office diplomat working within the UK’s team at the UN. A relationship soon blossomed between the two and they were married in 1987. As Anthony returned to London to take up a role in FCO headquarters, Margot also returned to take up a new position in the City with Barclays. Soon pregnant with Philip, her first child, Margot took a career break in 1988 on maternity leave. She later did so again in 1991 when pregnant with her second child Emma. However, upon a conflict with a senior manager regarding the length of her maternity leave, Margot opted to leave the bank, citing a desire to be her own boss instead. For this, Margot set up a business exporting British produced food stuffs such as marmalade, jam and cheese to the Far East, most notably Japan. After some years, Margot set up a second business specialising in financial PR and whilst she remained dedicated to her commercial interests, she also became interested in electoral politics. By that point, Margot was living in Harpenden with her family and so got involved with the local Conservative Party, whose policies were the closest to her personal ideology. In the mid-nineties, this was an arduous ask for any Conservative member given the dire national polling, though Margot still persisted with canvassing even through the 1997 election. Whilst that election saw the Conservatives thrown out of office in a landslide nationally, Margot did win election to a seat on Harpenden Town Council. Two years later in 1999, Margot stood for the next level of local government with St Albans City and District Council, again winning a seat at a time when the council went to NOC from the Liberal Democrats. With her political ambition fuelled at the level of local government, Margot naturally sought to take the next step by seeking a parliamentary seat. As per the long-trodden path for Conservative PPCs, Margot stood in a Labour seat with little hope of success in the national climate at the 2001 election, campaigning in her former hometown of Bedford. Upon defeat in that election, Margot sought a more winnable seat ahead of the 2005 election and was eventually selected for the safe seat of Hertsmere after losing two other selection races. Once in Parliament, Margot quickly endorsed David Cameron for Leader, viewing him as the party’s best hope of returning to government in the near to medium term. She remained on the backbenches for the first two years of his leadership but joined the frontbench at the July 2007 reshuffle by becoming a junior Shadow Minister in the Business, Innovation and Skills team, as Shadow Minister for Enterprise. After 18 months in the position, during which Margot campaigned on behalf of small business owners during the onset of the Great Recession, she was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Environment Secretary in January 2009. This promotion was partly based upon her former experience as an agricultural and food business owner, with the rights of British farmers and the food industry thus becoming a key tenet of her policy focus in the role. In a future Conservative government, Margot had hoped to put her policies into action as Environment Secretary. However, the hung parliament after the 2010 election and the formation of the Coalition meant that several Cabinet positions were ceded to the Liberal Democrats. This required David Cameron to reshuffle his Conservative ministers, the result being that Margot didn’t end up becoming Environment Secretary as she’d expected. Instead, Margot was moved to become Leader of the House of Commons. As the manager of government business in the House for the first two and a half years of the Coalition, she played a key role in shepherding major legislation through Parliament. At the September 2012 reshuffle, Margot was moved to lead a department instead, becoming Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The focus of her tenure was to ensure greater stability of the devolved government and whilst there were testing incidents such as the 2015 Stormont crisis, Margot avoided any major controversies and ultimately oversaw the continuation of the devolved government after the 2015 crisis was solved. Following the 2015 election, Margot had again been tipped to finally become Environment Secretary but once more she was sent to a surprise role, that of Minister without Portfolio and Co-Chairwoman of the Conservative Party, working alongside Lord Feldman. In the majority Cameron government, Margot dedicated her efforts to CCHQ and supported Remain during the EU referendum. In the aftermath of the Leave vote and the subsequent resignation of Cameron, Margot backed Stephen Crabb for Leader initially. After Crabb’s withdrawal, she switched support to Theresa May. However, upon May becoming Prime Minister, Margot was asked to leave the Government and so she returned to the backbenches for the first time in nine years. She remains a backbencher as of the formation of the new Parliament following the 2017 election. In her personal life, Margot remains married to Anthony and the couple live in Borehamwood. She enjoys golf, cycling, baking, crime fiction and white water rafting as hobbies.
  2. Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise today in order to commend my Right Honourable Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for his delivery of a budget that will steward this nation into the post-COVID era. Indeed, this is true to form for the Chancellor, as it follows on from his leadership of our economy during the pandemic that helped safeguard businesses and jobs, as well as supporting the scientific innovations that led to the successful development of vaccinations for COVID-19. So, as we look towards this post-COVID reality, I’m proud that the Chancellor has once again shown his economic credibility and that this Government, led by the Prime Minister and Cabinet, are boldly planning for the future. When it comes to planning for such a future, this Budget quite rightly places an emphasis on investing into innovation and development first and foremost. In the area of R&D, It is of vital importance that we build upon our success with the vaccination program by tackling other pressing issues that have long plagued our society, whether they are chronic health problems or longstanding issues with manufacturing and production. The power of British universities and our world leading companies has been well supported by this government to date, but the cash increase of 50% for R&D investment, the fastest ever such increase, is an even greater step and I commend the Chancellor for this. Development has also further been supported by the creation of the Levelling Up Fund, and I’m glad to see that a strong, positive statement has been made through the £1.7 billion in disbursements made today. It’s not just a positive statement however, it’s also meaningful, genuine investment across our entire United Kingdom. With totals exceeding Barnett shares across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, alongside comparatively meaningful investment in England, we’re seeing much welcome steps in the bold agenda laid out by the Prime Minister when he came to Downing Street over two years ago. Now that we are beyond COVID, we’re rightfully seeing unfortunately delayed work now take place and I commend the Government for their swift action here. Naturally, it would be remiss of me, Madam Deputy Speaker, to stand here and not mention healthcare, given my former profession as a GP. Having been on the frontlines part-time during the pandemic, I saw first hand the sheer, tireless dedication from each and every worker in NHS and social care. They kept the NHS running at a time when it was under its greatest ever pressure and so I am proud to see that the Government are acting boldly to support and boost the NHS and social care now that we are moving into the post-COVID era. With the health capital budget being the largest since 2010 and resource spending being over £177 billion by the end of this Parliament, I’m confident that health and social care will be in a strong position over the coming years. In particular, the commitments to ensure 50 million more primary care appointments and 100 community diagnostic centres are particularly close to my heart and I look forward to working with ministers over the coming months in developing this pledge into reality. From tax relief for R&D and investment in schools through to business rate reforms and support for working families, there is so much more in this Budget to support and praise. Of course, I sadly do not have time to wax lyrical about all of these but in brief conclusion, I’m proud to be supporting a budget that robustly addresses the challenges of our post-COVID reality and which lays groundwork for success not just in this generation, but for many generations to come.
  3. Dr. Oliver Redgrave MP Name: Dr. Oliver Redgrave MP Avatar: Max Irons Age: 38 (born January 19th 1983) Sex: Male Ethnicity: White British Marital Status: Married, to Genevieve Redgrave (nee Delacroix) since 2013 Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Conservative Political Outlook: A mixture of Loyalist (given it's Johnson), Modern Monday Club and Free Marketeer views; essentially Redgrave can be defined as pro-Brexit and pro-free market whilst being hawkish on foreign, security and immigration policy Constituency: Hornchurch and Upminster Year Elected: 2017 Education: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS, King’s College London (2001-2006) Foundational Doctor Programme, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2006-2008) GP Specialty Training, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (2008-2011) Career: Foundational Doctor, King’s College Hospital (2006-2008) - experience in surgery (vascular, general, trauma, urology), medicine (respiratory, acute, general), GP services, emergency medicine, old age psychiatry Trainee / Registrar GP, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (2008-2011) - GP specialty training via Royal Free London scheme, with specialisms in digital health and men’s health GP, Billet Lane Medical Practice (2011-2017; 2020-2021) - full time for first stint, second stint was part-time shifts during the pandemic Political Career: Conservative Parliamentary candidate, Dagenham and Rainham, 2015 general election (2013-2015) Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and Upminster (2017-present) Biography: Dr. Oliver Redgrave MP (born 19th January 1983) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and Upminster since the 2017 general election. Born in Hayling Island, Redgrave was the son of local GP Dr. Daniel Redgrave and school dinner lady Imelda Redgrave. He was the first of three children for the couple and as he moved into studying for his GCSEs, he decided he wanted to eventually follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. As such, Redgrave began studying Medicine at King's College London in 2001, as part of a five year medical degree, graduating in 2006 whereupon he began his foundational doctor training whilst remaining in London. Rather than go into a longer term career in a hospital, Redgrave remained set on the idea of being a GP and so followed his foundational training with a three year stint under the Royal Free NHS Trust in order to train. Eventually, Redgrave qualified as a fully set GP in 2011 and moved to North East London in order to commence practice. Having been brought up in a politically active family and hailing from a Tory heartland, it was no surprise that Redgrave's politics were like those of his family and many of his neighbours back in Hayling Island. Whilst London was a much more different political environment to his home town, Redgrave nonetheless also became active as a Conservative Party canvasser during his time in medical school and maintained this as a GP despite the more left-leaning tilt of many of his colleagues. Controversially, Redgrave was a supporter of Jeremy Hunt's proposed reforms during his time as a GP and as such came to minor media attention as a rarer supporter of Hunt amongst NHS staff. Redgrave eventually went further with his political interests by eventually becoming an approved parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives, his first election being in Dagenham and Rainham during the 2015 election. Redgrave lost to incumbent Jon Cruddas but won selection two years later for the constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster near his GP practice and home, following the retirement of Angela Watkinson. Redgrave was subsequently elected and has spent the last four years in Parliament on the backbenches, whereupon he has spoken on and campaign across a variety of issues including the NHS, mental health, education, immigration and science. Politically, Redgrave supported Brexit in the EU referendum and consistently supported Brexit against efforts for a second referendum and a ‘soft’ deal from 2016 to 2019. He voted against Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement in the meaningful votes, but later supported Boris Johnson’s agreement in Parliament. In the 2019 leadership contest following May’s resignation, Redgrave supported and voted for Boris Johnson in each ballot.
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