|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Brian Jenkins|
24 September 1969 |
Walsall, Staffordshire, England
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
|Committees||Energy and Climate Change Select Committee|
Christopher John Pincher MP (born 24 September 1969 in Walsall) is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for Tamworth, winning the seat from Labour at the 2010 general election.
Pincher has been a member of the Conservative Party since 1987, having been politicised by the 1984–85 miners' strike. He was deputy director of the Conservative Collegiate Forum, followed by chairman of Islington North Constituency Association. He was tipped as a future cabinet member ahead of the 1997 general election, in which he ran for Parliament for the newly created safe Labour seat of Warley, in Sandwell; he came a distant second, with 24% of the vote.
Pincher was a member of Iain Duncan Smith's successful campaign for the party leadership in 2001. He failed to win election to Parliament for Tamworth in 2005, gaining a 2.8% swing from Labour, but losing vote share to Veritas and the UK Independence Party. Despite Brian Jenkins clinging onto the seat, Pincher said he had won the arguments, after campaigning for more police and school discipline. He was re-selected to fight the seat at the next election.
While a candidate, he campaigned against the decision to close Queen Elizabeth's Mercian School, which had been earmarked for closure under Building Schools for the Future, and called the 2009 decision to keep the school open a "victory for people power". He also successfully put pressure on Persimmon to resume and complete construction of the half-built Tame Alloys Estate in Wilnecote. In 2008, Pincher called for efforts to improve visibility at the site at an accident blackspot in Hopwas.
Member of Parliament
He won election to Parliament at the 2010 election on a 9.5% swing: taking him to 45.8% of the vote and a majority of 6,090 or 13.1%, over 14-year incumbent Brian Jenkins. In his first ten months as an MP, Pincher had the second-highest House of Commons attendance rate of the West Midlands' 57 MPs, after James Morris. In his first year, he spoke in 94 debates: top amongst Staffordshire's eleven MPs.
Pincher has campaigned against the building of High Speed 2, which is planned to run past the outskirts of Tamworth. He has defended residents from accusations they were "Nimbies" and has called the HS2 business case 'significantly flawed'. In December 2010, he said any route via Mile Oak or Hopwas was "just not acceptable". Soon after, the route via Hopwas Ridge was rejected: a move welcomed by Pincher and campaigners.
He endorsed closer links with Latvia after meeting Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis in January 2011. He has since met with the Latvian ambassador with a view to setting up an all-party parliamentary group for Latvia.
In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.
He has lobbied in Parliament for the Olympic Torch to pass through Tamworth during the 2012 torch relay. Tamworth lies between Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, which were both announced as stops in June 2011, making a journey through Tamworth a possibility.
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