Geoffrey Cox (British politician)

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Geoffrey Cox
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Geoffrey Cox QC MP
Member of Parliament
for Torridge and West Devon
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by John Burnett
Majority 2,957 (5.4%)
Personal details
Born (1960-04-30) 30 April 1960 (age 54)
Wroughton, Wiltshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jeanie Cox
Alma mater Downing College, Cambridge

Charles Geoffrey Cox,[1] QC, MP (born 30 April 1960) is an English barrister who, as a Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), has been representing the constituency of Torridge and West Devon since 2005.

Early life[edit]

Born in the large Wiltshire village of Wroughton, Geoffrey Cox was educated at King's College, Taunton, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he read Law and Classics. Called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1982, he started practice as a barrister and, in 1992, co-founded Thomas More Chambers, serving as its Head of Chambers. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2003.

For part of his career as a barrister, Geoffrey Cox was Standing Counsel to the government of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius.

He is widely regarded as a gifted advocate and successfully led for the defence in numerous high-profile cases. One case in which he was instructed prior to his election to parliament, that of Nicholas van Hoogstraten, is often raised by political opponents seeking to imply a measure of controversy to his legal career, which has also encompassed a very wide range of cases in the constitutional and human rights field both in the UK and overseas.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Geoffrey Cox was first selected to stand for Parliament in 2000 by the Torridge and West Devon Conservatives. In the following 2001 general election, he was narrowly defeated by the Liberal Democrat John Burnett reducing his majority to 1,194 votes.

After the 2001 election Cox was reselected. In 2003 John Burnett announced he would not be contesting the seat again and, at the 2005 general election, Cox's candidacy proved to be successful, as he defeated the new Liberal Democrat candidate, David Walter, with a majority of 3,236.

Cox made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 28 June 2005, which was voted one of the four best maiden speeches of the parliament.

Cox is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Geoffrey Cox was re-elected as MP for Torridge and West Devon at the 2010 general election with a majority of 2,957, which represents an increased share of the vote after a change of boundaries.

Political Funding[edit]

Torridge and West Devon constituency association has received £1,039,762.32 since Geoffrey Cox’s election to office in 2005. Since becoming an MP, Geoffrey Cox has continued to work as a barrister and received £281,681.73 for his services at Messrs. Janes, solicitors. Other considerable remunerations come from Garstangs, Aegis Tax LLP and The Khan Partnership. Corporate donations of £15,000 have been contributed by Lord Ashcroft’s company Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd (now Impellam Ventures) since 2005 and private individual donations account for more than £17,000.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Geoffrey Cox and his wife Jeanie are the parents of one daughter and two sons.

External links[edit]

News items[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Members Returned to Serve in Parliament at the General Election 2010" (London Gazette, 13 May 2010)
  2. ^
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Burnett
Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon