|Member of Parliament
for South West Norfolk
5 May 2005 – 5 May 2010
|Preceded by||Gillian Shephard|
|Succeeded by||Elizabeth Truss|
|Member of Parliament
for Mid Dorset and North Poole
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
|Preceded by||new constituency|
|Succeeded by||Annette Brooke|
25 October 1962 |
Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Westminster|
Christopher James Fraser, OBE (born 25 October 1962) is a former British Conservative Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Dorset and North Poole from 1997 to 2001 and South West Norfolk from 2005 to 2010.
He was born in Hertfordshire and educated at the University of Westminster where he was awarded a BA degree. He worked as chairman of a communications company. He was elected as a councillor to the Three Rivers District Council for four years from 1992.
Fraser was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election for the new seat of Mid Dorset and North Poole with a majority of 681. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 1997. He lost his seat at the 2001 general election to the Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke. Although his percentage of the vote increased, Fraser was edged out by the Liberal Democrats by 384 votes, after a tactical voting campaign urging Dorset residents to cast their votes in the best way to defeat the incumbent Conservatives. He returned to Westminster at the 2005 general election for South West Norfolk following the retirement of the former Secretary of State for Education Gillian Shephard. He held the seat with a comfortable majority of 10,086, and managed to achieve a small swing of 0.3 over Labour.
He served as a member of the culture, media and sport select committee from 1997 until he lost his seat. He was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Strathclyde, the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords. Following his re-election in 2005 he was a member of the Northern Ireland select committee and was appointed to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee. He was Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Northern Ireland Group. He was a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the Western European Union (2005–2007).
In 2009 his expenses claims were highlighted in the Daily Telegraph; according to the newspaper, Fraser claimed £1,800 in public money for buying 215 trees and marking out the boundary of his second home in the constituency. The Lynn News reported "In February 2007 Mr Fraser claimed £1,808.28 for new fencing and hedging to provide security for his new constituency home."
On 28 May 2009 he announced that he would be standing down as an MP at the next General Election citing family reasons.
The Telegraph 2010 election website stated that he "stood down on account of his wife's health problems".
Fraser married in February 1987 and he has a son and a daughter. He became a Freeman of the City of London in 1992. He receives income from land and property in London and Dorset and has a home in the constituency.[where?]
- Hansard 4 July 1997
- Daily Telegraph MPs' expenses: Christopher Fraser says that claim for trees was necessary 26 May 2009
- BBC News; MP Fraser poised to leave Commons, 28 May 2009
- The London Gazette: . 29 December 2012.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Christopher Fraser MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Christopher Fraser MP
- South West Norfolk Conservatives
- BBC Politics page
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Mid Dorset and North Poole
|Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk