Greg Hands

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Greg Hands
MP
Treasurer of the Household
Deputy Chief Whip
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by John Randall
Member of Parliament
for Chelsea and Fulham
Hammersmith and Fulham (2005-2010)
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Iain Coleman
Majority 16,722 (42%)
Personal details
Born (1965-11-14) 14 November 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality British and American
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Irina Hundt
Alma mater Robinson College, Cambridge
Religion Romanian Orthodox Church

Gregory William "Greg" Hands, MP (born 14 November 1965) is an Anglo-American Conservative Party politician and Deputy Chief Whip of the Coalition Government.

He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chelsea and Fulham, elected in 2010 in the newly created constituency formed with the splitting of the former constituencies of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Hammersmith and Fulham. Previously, Hands represented the constituency from 2005–2010, when it was the Hammersmith and Fulham constituency.

Early life and career[edit]

Hands was born in New York City, the United States, and completed his secondary education at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham in 1984. He went on to attend Robinson College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a first in modern history in 1989. He joined the Conservative party as a student, served as the chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association and was on the executive committee of the Cambridge University Students' Union. During his gap year he worked in a swimming pool in Berlin, and became interested in the Eastern Bloc, visiting Prague and other Eastern European cities on future holidays.[1] He worked on trading floors in the City of London and New York City until 1997. He has dual American/British nationality.[2]

Political career[edit]

Hands was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1998. He became the leader of the Conservative group in 1999 and remained in that capacity until 2003. He stood down as councillor for the Town Ward in Fulham at the local elections in 2006. Hands was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 General Election when he gained Hammersmith and Fulham from the Labour Party with a majority of 5,029 votes. The sitting Labour MP Iain Coleman retired due to ill health, and was replaced as Labour’s candidate by Melanie Smallman. During March 2010 the UK media reported that Lord Ashcroft donated over £42,000 to fund Hands' 2005 Hammersmith & Fulham campaign.[3]

Hands made his maiden speech on 26 May 2005, in which he referred to the fact that the BBC was the largest employer in his constituency, and that Hammersmith Broadway was the busiest road interchange in Europe.[4]

In 2007, Hands was selected to be the Conservative candidate for the new Chelsea and Fulham parliamentary constituency. His previous seat of Hammersmith and Fulham was abolished for the 2010 General Election, with Hammersmith having its own seat (being fought by Shaun Bailey for the Conservatives), and Fulham joining Chelsea in a new seat. In January 2009, Hands was appointed to the Conservative front bench team as a Shadow Treasury Minister. He is also the Parliamentary Chairman of Conservative Friends of Poland.[5]

Hands was re-elected in the 2010 general election for the new seat of Chelsea and Fulham.

He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne; having shadowed the Treasury in Opposition.[6]

On 14 October 2011, Hands was appointed as an Assistant Government whip in the House of Commons as a consequence of the mini-reshuffle following the resignation of Dr Liam Fox as Secretary of State for Defence.[7]

On 10 October 2012, on the record of asking the wife of convicted preacher Abu Hamza to move on from her council house of 17 years. Greg Hands, Tory MP for Chelsea and Fulham, said: "I would strongly welcome any move by the council to take a look at Hamza’s wife’s status and the large council house in one of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods to see whether something might be done to move Hamza’s family on."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hands speaks Czech, French, German and Slovak. He married half-German, half-Russian Irina Hundt in July 2005 in his constituency. His daughter, Helena, was born in 2006, and his son, Martin, was born in 2007. The family live in Fulham. He supports Plymouth Argyle FC, and has also been a season ticket holder at Fulham F.C.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Iain Coleman
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham
Hammersmith and Fulham (20052010)

2005–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
John Randall
Treasurer of the Household
2013 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent