Bernard Jenkin

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The Honourable
Bernard Jenkin
MP
Bernard Jenkin MP asking a question at Edmund Burke Philosopher, Politician, Prophet.jpg
Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions
In office
11 November 2003 – 6 May 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
18 September 2001 – 6 November 2003
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by Iain Duncan Smith
Succeeded by Nicholas Soames
Member of Parliament
for Harwich and North Essex
North Essex (1997-2010)
Colchester North (1992-1997)
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Philip Antony Fyson Buck
Majority 11,447 (23.4%)
Personal details
Born (1959-04-09) 9 April 1959 (age 55)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anne Caroline Strutt
Relations Patrick, Lord Jenkin of Roding
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Profession Member of Parliament (1992-present)
Manager of Legal & General Ventures (1989-92)

Bernard Christison Jenkin (born 9 April 1959) is a politician in the United Kingdom, and the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Harwich and North Essex and Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee. He was Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, and had responsibility for candidates until 7 November 2006 when this role was given to John Maples.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jenkin was educated at Highgate School (Highgate), William Ellis School (also in Highgate) and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Choral Exhibition and gained an BA honours degree in English literature in 1982. He was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1982. He worked for Ford and the private equity company 3i as Manager of Legal & General Ventures from 1989-92. From 1992-95, he was an advisor to Legal & General Group plc.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Declaring that he wanted to "illustrate that people in the South-East haven't forgotten about Scotland",[2] Jenkin stood for election in Glasgow Central in the 1987 general election. At the 1992 general election he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester North. When that constituency was abolished for the 1997 general election, he was returned to the House of Commons for the newly-re-established North Essex constituency.

In John Major's 1992-1997 government, Jenkin was one of the "Maastricht rebels" who defied the party whip to oppose the Maastricht treaty. William Hague appointed him Shadow Minister for Transport (1998–2001). He has also served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (2001–03) under Iain Duncan Smith and as Shadow Regions Secretary (2003–05) for Michael Howard. He has also been Shadow Energy Minister.

Expenses claims[edit]

In May 2009 Jenkin was reported by the Daily Telegraph to have used £50,000 in expenses in order to pay his sister-in-law rent on the property he uses as his constituency home. Jenkin claimed that he was just paying "an honest and reasonable rent" for the property.[3]

On 27 October 2009 it was initially recommended that Bernard Jenkin pay back £63,250 by expenses auditor Sir Thomas Legg. This is the highest amount known to have been recommended after an audit of MPs' claims on second homes expenses.[4][5] This amount was reduced to £36,250 following an appeal.[6]

Combat Stress[edit]

Jenkin is the Vice-President of the UK charity Combat Stress, which offers residential treatment to ex-servicemen and women suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To mark his 50th birthday, he held a fundraising event in March 2009 which raised over £50,000 for the charity.[7]

Family[edit]

He married Anne Caroline Strutt in 1988 and has two sons. His father is the British former minister and life peer Lord Jenkin, a male-line descendant of the scientist Fleeming Jenkin.

Personal life[edit]

Bernard Jenkin is the UK parliament's most famous nudist.[8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jenkin axed in Cameron reshuffle". BBC News. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Cahoots, mon", The Times, 25 November 1986.
  3. ^ "Stop MP humiliation - archbishop". BBC News. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  4. ^ "MP told to repay £63,250 expenses". BBC News. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  5. ^ Parkes, Tom (27 October 2009). "MP ordered to pay back more than £60,000". Daily Gazette (Colchester). Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  6. ^ Watt, Holly (30 January 2010). "MPs' expenses: Bernard Jenkin has repayment halved". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Colchester: Gala event for charity". Essex County Standard. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  8. ^ Hoggart, Simon (2 December 2010). "Register MPs' hobbies? Please no". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  9. ^ "The people's choice?". BBC News. 22 March 2002. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  10. ^ Kay, Richard (4 October 2006). "Is Stella a Little Miss Mischief?". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2011-04-19. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Antony Buck
Member of Parliament for Colchester North
19921997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Essex
19972010
Member of Parliament for Harwich and North Essex
2010–present
Incumbent