Graham Stuart (politician)

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Graham Stuart
Chairman of the Education Select Committee
Assumed office
9 June 2010
Preceded by Barry Sheerman
Member of Parliament
for Beverley and Holderness
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by James Cran
Majority 12,987 (24.4%)
Personal details
Born Graham Charles Stuart
(1962-03-12) 12 March 1962 (age 53)
Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anne Crawshaw
Children Two daughters
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge

Graham Charles Stuart[1] (born 12 March 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005, gaining reelection in 2010.


Graham Stuart was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, and studied at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perthshire, followed by Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge from 1982 to 1985, where he read Philosophy and Law[2] but failed his degree, after focusing his efforts on developing his "What's on in Cambridge" guide into a profitable business[3]

He was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association during Easter 1985.[4]

Early career[edit]

Stuart started his publishing business at university[3] and remains non-executive chairman. He was elected as a member of Cambridge City Council for the Cherry Hinton Ward in the 1998 local elections.[5] He contested the Cambridge constituency as the Conservative Party candidate at the 2001 general election, coming in third place with 9,829 votes, 23% of the share.[6] He was reelected to Cambridge City Council in the 2002 local elections and served until 2004.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Stuart was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Beverley and Holderness in the 2005 general election with a majority of 2,580.[7] Following his election, he said "I plan to be upfront and have a high profile, not only within the constituency but nationally".[8] He sat as a member of two select committees; the Environmental Audit Select Committee and the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee.[9] He was elected a member of the Conservative Party Board by his fellow MPs in 2006.[2] He was elected as chair of the Education Select Committee in June 2010.[10]

In 2005, he founded Beverley and Holderness Pensioners Action Group, Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together (CHANT), a cross-party campaign group and Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator (HOTI Group).[2] He is vice-chairman of the GLOBE UK branch of Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment.[11] Following the Parliamentary expenses scandal, Stuart defended his expenses in June 2009, which included spending £426 on bed linen and towels.[12]

His successful campaigns in the last Parliament also include defeating legislation on home education and saving the Beverley Pasture Masters. Since 2010 he has won the battle for lower Humber Bridge tolls, successfully persuaded the government to improve the A164 and build the Beverley Bypass. In 2012 he defeated a proposed increase in VAT on static caravans, which are largely manufactured in the East Riding of Yorkshire.[13]

In an interview with The Guardian Stuart described himself as socially liberal, a "deficit hawk" who favours faster cuts to public spending, and an end to welfare dependency and mildly Eurosceptic[3]

Chair of Education Schools and Families Select Committee[edit]

In June 2010 Stuart was elected by MPs as Chair of the Education Select Committee.[14] Despite being a Conservative MP, Stuart frequently crossesdswords with the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove.[3] His Committee produces up to six reports a year ranging from single evidence inquiries[15] to more detailed examinations into Education, Schools and Family policy.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Anne Crawshaw and they have two daughters, Katie and Sophie. Stuart has a range of interests including, motor cycling, football, economics, climate change and cycling.


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Candidates". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Stuart, Graham". Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d
  4. ^ "History". Cambridge University Conservative Association. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Cambridge City Council Elections - Cherry Hinton Ward". Cambridge City Election Results since 1945. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cambridge". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Beverley and Holderness". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Davis sees off Lib Dem challenge". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Voting Record — Graham Stuart MP, Beverley & Holderness (11406)". The Public Whip. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Graham Stuart MP named Chair of Children, Schools and Families Select Committee". National Literacy Trust. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Composition of GLOBE International Board". Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "MP defends expenses claims". Hull Daily Mail. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
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External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Cran
Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness