Chris Kelly (British politician)

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Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly MP
Member of Parliament
for Dudley South
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ian Pearson
Majority 3,856 (10.1%)
Personal details
Born 1978[1]
Wolverhampton,[2] West Midlands, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Oxford Brookes University, Imperial College Business School

Christopher Dimitri Kelly (born 1978), known as Chris Kelly, is a Conservative Party politician in England. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Dudley South constituency in the West Midlands of England. He was elected to Parliament at the 2010 general election in the constituency represented for the previous 16 years by Labour's Ian Pearson. He is a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, and founder Chairman of both the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Family Business and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft.


Kelly was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School in the Black Country, West Midlands 1989–96, followed by Oxford Brookes University, where he was a History and Politics student 1996–1999, and Imperial College Business School in 2002/3 where he gained an MBA.


After business school, Kelly worked as research assistant for Michael Howard in 2004/5 whilst the latter served as Leader of the Conservative Party.

Kelly was selected as the Conservative candidate for Dudley South in September 2007.

Kelly was then employed by his family's business, Keltruck Ltd – a Scania truck dealership based in West Bromwich – serving as marketing director from 2006 to 2010, and was subsequently a paid non-executive director of his father's company.[3]

In 2010 Kelly attracted criticism for emailing all his fellow Conservative MPs from his Parliamentary email account urging them to give his sister a secretarial or managerial job. The incident occurred in the wake of new rules curbing MPs employment of family members with Labour MP Stephen Pound suggesting Kelly had abused his position.[4][5]

Along with fellow MP Justin Tomlinson, Kelly placed a bet while at university that he would be Prime Minister before the year 2038. He stands to win £500,000 should this happen.[6]


  1. ^ "Keltruck Limited". Dellam Corporate Information. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chris Kelly, Member of Parliament for Dudley South". Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1". House of Commons. 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Walters, Simon; Carlin, Brendan (28 August 2010). "Give my sister £30k job, new MP begs his fellow Tories". Daily Mail (London). 
  5. ^ "MP used Commons email account to seek job for his sister". Stourbridge News. 
  6. ^ "The curious world of long-term bets". BBC News. 9 July 2012. 

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