15 July 2014
|Assistant Government Whip|
07 October 2013 – 15 July 2014
|Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education|
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|
14 December 2011 – 12 September 2012
|Preceded by||New position|
|Succeeded by||David Mowat|
|Member of Parliament
for Croydon Central
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew Pelling|
23 January 1972 |
Cuckfield, Sussex, England
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
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. He was a councillor in the London Borough of Croydon between 1998 and 2010.
Gavin 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. He gained a degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1993.
Conservative Party HQ (1993–2010)
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.
Croydon borough councillor (1998–2010)
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.
Parliamentary career (2010–present)
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 2,969 votes.
Barwell was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and Decentralisation. In September 2012, he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Education. The Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Barwell to the position of Assistant Government Whip on 7th October 2013. On 15 July 2014, Cameron promoted Barwell to the position of Government Whip, Lord Commissioner.
The local paper the Croydon Advertiser called on Mr Barwell to "stop launching campaigns" and persistent attempts at headline-grabbing in December 2014, saying "Gavin, we get it, there's an election on."
On 14 June 2012, Barwell announced that, having come fourth in the Private Members Bill ballot, he would introduce the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill. 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.
The Bill was introduced in June 2012 and passed its Second Reading on 14 September 2012, supported by all political parties before passing its committee stage in October 2012 with the full support of all committee members. The Report Stage and Third Reading of the Bill passed the Commons on 30 November 2012 before the Bill moved to the House of Lords where it was sponsored by Lord Stevenson of Coddenham. 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.
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. He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, reduced to four months by entering a plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity.
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. Cameron met with the Groves family and legislation was included in the 2012 Queen's Speech. The legislation created a new offence under the Crime and Courts Act 2013.
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. In September 2014, the Barwells sent their eldest son, Jack, to Wallington County Grammar School, in the neighbouring borough of Sutton.
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- Top 50 New MPs Total Politics
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- Gavin Barwell MP, GOV.UK; Retrieved 21 August 2014
- "Tory MP is told to stop pestering his constituents". The Independent. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill 2012-13, UK Parliament, 28 February 2013; Retrieved 28 December 2012
- Bill-by-bill: Guide to MPs' private members' bills, BBC News, 25 June 2012; Retrieved 28 December 2012
- Deborah Orr Good to hear MPs talking about their mental health issues, The Guardian, 16 June 2012; Retrieved 28 December 2012
- 'Discriminatory' ban on MPs with mental health issues to be axed, BBC News, 14 September 2012; Retrieved 28 December 2012
- Bill stages — Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill 2012-13, UK Parliament; Retrieved 28 December 2012
- Clause 37 - drugs and driving TheyWorkForYou, 7 February 2013
- Parlimentary Business, House of Lords, 28 February 2013 UK Parliament
- Davies, Gareth (13 April 2012). "Major step forward for a new drug-driving law". Croydon Advertiser (Local World).
- "Lillian's family want names for drug-test petition". Local World. 30 September 2011.
- "MP Barwell: 'Meeting David Cameron was a big step forward for campaign'". Croydon Advertiser (Local World). 2 December 2011.
- Davies, Gareth (11 October 2013). "Gavin Barwell appointed whip in government reshuffle". Croydon Advertiser (Local World).
- Clarke, Natalie (4 February 2012). "For the love of Lillian". Mail Online (Associated Press). Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Davies, Gareth (19 June 2013). "MP inspired by Lillian's Law proposes further drug-driving reforms". Croydon Advertiser (Local World). Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Croydon Central