Gary Streeter

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Gary Streeter 
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
1 June 1998 – 18 September 2001
Leader William Hague
Preceded by Alastair Goodlad
Succeeded by Caroline Spelman
Member of Parliament
for South West Devon
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 15,874 (31.9%)
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton
In office
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Alan Clark
Succeeded by Linda Gilroy
Personal details
Born (1955-10-02) 2 October 1955 (age 59)
Gosport, Hampshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Janet Stevens (m. 1978)
Alma mater King's College London
Religion Christian.[1]
Website Official Website

Gary Nicholas Streeter (born 2 October 1955 in Gosport) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Since 1997 he has been Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Devon, having previously been the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton between 1992 and 1997. He was re-elected as MP on 7 May 2010, gaining 56% of the votes cast.

Early life[edit]

He went to Tiverton Grammar School on Barrington Street in Tiverton, then King's College London, where he gained a first class honours degree in Law. From 1984-98, he was a solicitor and partner at Foot and Bowden (now called Foot Ansteys) in Plymouth, where he specialised in company and employment law. He was a councillor, initially for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Plymouth City Council from 1986-92.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Streeter served as a junior minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department under John Major from 1996 until the defeat of the Major Government in 1997, and was Shadow International Development Secretary in the Shadow Cabinet of William Hague from 1998 until the new Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith returned him to the backbenches in 2001.

He is currently a member of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission and is the member of the committee responsible for answering oral questions in Parliament on behalf of the Electoral Commission. He assumed the role after Sir Peter Viggers stepped down during the MPs' expenses controversy. His own expenses for 2008/09 were £162,719, ranking 158th out of 647 MPs.

In March 2012, Streeter was one of three MPs who signed a letter to the Advertising Standards Authority asking it to reverse its decision to stop the Christian group "Healing on the Streets of Bath" from making explicit claims that prayer can heal. The letter called for the ASA to provide "indisputable scientific evidence" that faith healing did not work. Another signer, Tim Farron, subsequently wrote that the letter was not "well-worded" and that he should not have signed it "as it was written".[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Janet Stevens in 1978 in Barnstaple and have a son and daughter. The family live near Plympton in Devon. He is a committed Christian who believes in faith healing.[3]


  1. ^ Post. "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Tim Farron: 'Prayer Can Heal' Letter Was A Mistake". Huffington Post UK. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Martin (2012-03-26). "Hapless MPs defend faith healers". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Clark
Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton
Succeeded by
Linda Gilroy
New constituency Member of Parliament for South West Devon
1997 – present