Gavin Barwell

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Gavin Barwell
MP
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Assistant Government Whip
Incumbent
Assumed office
07 October 2013
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education
In office
12 September 2012 – 07 October 2013
Preceded by David Evennett
Succeeded by Ben Gummer
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy
In office
14 December 2011 – 12 September 2012
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by David Mowat
Member of Parliament
for Croydon Central
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Andrew Pelling
Majority 2,969 (6.0%)
Personal details
Born (1972-01-23) 23 January 1972 (age 42)
Cuckfield, Sussex, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Karen Barwell
Children Three sons
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Website www.gavinbarwell.com

Gavin Laurence Barwell[1] (born 23 January 1972[2]) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Croydon Central since the 2010 general election.[2]

Barwell worked for the Conservative party headquarters from 1993 until his election in 2010 and was - between 2003 and 2006 - the Party's Chief Operating Officer responsible for over a hundred staff and a multi-million pound budget, sitting on the Party Board working closely with Party Leaders Michael Howard and David Cameron.[2] He was a local councillor in the London Borough of Croydon between 1998 and 2010.

Early life[edit]

Barwell was born in Cuckfield in Sussex and subsequently moved to Croydon in South London where he was educated at the Trinity School of John Whitgift.[2] He gained a degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1993.[2]

He was President of the Cambridge Union (Easter Term 1993).

Political career[edit]

Conservative Party HQ (1993–2010)[edit]

After graduating, Barwell was employed by the Conservative Central Office in a number of roles between 1993 and 2010.[2]

He worked at the Conservative Research Department from 1993 to 1995 as a desk officer in the home affairs section responsible for housing, local government, the environment and inner cities. He replaced James Gray as Special Adviser to Secretary of State for the Environment John Gummer MP from 1995 to 1997, and was the Head of Local Government from 1998 to 2003. He served as the Chief Operating Officer in the Campaigns Headquarters between 2003 and 2006 before being employed as a "consultant" until 2010.[2]

He worked with Deputy Party Chairman Lord Ashcroft's target seat scheme, and significantly contributed to the Conservatives' 2010 general election plan.[3]

Croydon borough councillor (1998–2010)[edit]

In May 1998, Barwell was elected to Croydon Council representing the Woodcote and Coulsdon West ward. In May 2006, when the Conservatives took control of the Council, he was appointed Chief Whip of the Conservative Group and he subsequently served as the Cabinet member for resources and customer services and the Cabinet member for community safety and cohesion before standing down from the Council in May 2010.[2]

Parliamentary career (2010–present)[edit]

Barwell was chosen as the parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party in Croydon Central. At the 2010 general election he defeated the sitting Independent MP, Andrew Pelling who had previously been elected as a Conservative. Barwell gained 39.5% of the vote, beating the Labour Party candidate, Gerry Ryan, by just under 3000 votes.[4]

Barwell was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and Decentralisation. In September 2012, Barwell was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Education.[5] The Prime Minister appointed Barwell to the position of Assistant Government Whip on 7th October 2013.[6]

He was a member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee (2010 - 2012) and the Draft Lords Reform Bill Joint Committee (2011 - 2012).

Until October 2013, Barwell was Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils.

His main subject interests are education, urban policy, policing, criminal justice system, crime, immigration and asylum.

His role model for being a good MP is Bernard Weatherill.

Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill 2012-13[7][edit]

On 14 June 2012, Barwell announced that, having come fourth in the Private Members Bill ballot,[8] he would introduce the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill.[9][10] The legislation is designed to remove automatic bans from people who have received treatment for mental illness from undertaking jury service, being removed as directors of companies and as MPs.[9][10]

The Bill was introduced in June 2012 and passed its Second Reading on 14 September 2012,[11] supported by all political parties[10] before passing its committee stage in October 2012[11] with the full support of all committee members.[12] The Report Stage and Third Reading of the Bill passed the Commons on 30 November 2012[11] before the Bill moved to the House of Lords where it was sponsored by Lord Stevenson of Coddenham.[7] The bill passed its first reading in the Lords on 3 December 2012 and its third reading on 11 February 2013. The Bill became an Act of Parliament after receiving Royal Assent on 28 February 2013.[13]

Lillian's Law[edit]

Lillian's Law is a law-reform campaign named after Lillian Groves, a 14 year-old constituent of Barwell's who was killed outside her home in New Addington by a driver under the influence of drugs.[14] He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, reduced to four months by entering a plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity.[15]

Barwell successfully lobbied the Prime Minister, David Cameron to introduce legislation to make driving under the influence of drugs a similar offence to driving under the influence of alcohol.[16][17][18] Cameron met with the Groves family and legislation was included in the 2012 Queen's Speech.[19] The legislation created a new offence under the Crime and Courts Act 2013.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Barwell married Karen McKenzie in 2001. His wife, a speech and language therapist used to work at Applegarth School in New Addington. The couple have three sons.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8736. 13 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i ‘BARWELL, Gavin Laurence’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 28 Dec 2012
  3. ^ http://www.totalpolitics.com/print/4483/top-50-new-mps.thtml
  4. ^ Election 2010 - Croydon Central, BBC news website. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  5. ^ Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell nets new job with Michael Gove, Croydon Today, 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  6. ^ Gavin Barwell appointed whip in government reshuffle, Croydon Advertiser, 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  7. ^ a b Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill 2012-13, www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  8. ^ Bill-by-bill: Guide to MPs' private members' bills, BBC news website, 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  9. ^ a b Good to hear MPs talking about their mental health issues, The Guardian, 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  10. ^ a b c 'Discriminatory' ban on MPs with mental health issues to be axed, BBC news website, 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  11. ^ a b c Bill stages — Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill 2012-13, www.parliament.org. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  12. ^ http://www.theyworkforyou.com/pbc/2012-13/Crime_and_Courts_Bill/11-0_2013-02-07a.3.8
  13. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldhansrd/text/130228-0001.htm
  14. ^ Davies, Gareth (13 April 2012). "Major step forward for a new drug-driving law". The Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). p. 9. 
  15. ^ "Lillian's family want names for drug-test petition". The Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). 30 September 2011. p. 26. 
  16. ^ "MP: 'A big step forward'". The Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). 2 December 2011. p. 6. 
  17. ^ Davies, Gareth (13 April 2012). "Major step forward for a new drug-driving law". The Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). p. 9. 
  18. ^ Davies, Gareth (11 October 2013). "Reshuffle elevates MP Gavin to whips' office". The Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). p. 2. 
  19. ^ Clarke, Natalie (4 February 2012). "For the love of Lillian". Daily Mail (London). p. 28. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Davies, Gareth (19 June 2013). "MP inspired by Lillian's Law proposes further drug-driving reforms". The Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew Pelling
Member of Parliament for Croydon Central
2010–present
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