James Clappison

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James Clappison
MP
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Cecil Parkinson
Majority 17,605 (37.2%)
Personal details
Born (1956-09-14) 14 September 1956 (age 58)
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Helen Margherita Carter
Alma mater Queen's College, Oxford

William James Clappison, commonly known as James Clappison, (born 14 September 1956) is a British barrister and Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel group.[1]

Personal life[edit]

The son of a Yorkshire farmer, Clappison was born in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire and educated at the independent St Peter's School, York, before attending The Queen's College, Oxford where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1978. While at Oxford he was a member of the Oxford University Conservative Association and was elected to the presidency of the Junior Common Room of his college.[citation needed] In 1981 he was called to the Bar from Gray's Inn and has been a practising barrister since then.

Clappison married Helen Margherita Carter in July 1984 in Leeds and they have a son (born in March 1987) and three daughters (born April 1985, August 1989 and April 1995).

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested the safe Labour parliamentary seat of Barnsley East at the 1987 General Election where he came second, some 23,511 votes behind Terry Patchett. He also contested the Yorkshire South European Parliament seat at the Euro elections of 1989. He was selected to fight the May 1990 Bootle by-election following the death of Allan Roberts. He was defeated by Mike Carr by 23,517 votes. Carr served as the Labour MP for Bootle for just 57 days before he died of a heart attack on 20 July 1990. Clappison contested Bootle again at the November by-election where he was defeated heavily once more by the new Labour candidate Joe Benton to the tune of 19,465 votes. He was rewarded for his efforts by securing the nomination for the safe Conservative seat of Hertsmere, which became vacant on the retirement of Cecil Parkinson. James Clappison was safely elected at the 1992 General Election with a majority of 18,735. He made his maiden speech on 19 May 1992,[2] during which he spoke of the organised crimes and anti-Semitism against his Jewish constituents.

On his election he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Emily Blatch at the Department of Education, and from 1994 at the Home Office. He was promoted to government by John Major in 1995 as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment until the defeat of the Major government at the 1997 General Election. Since the 1997 general election, Clappison has been a Shadow Home Office Minister, before being moved to Education and Employment by William Hague in 1999 and then to be a Shadow Treasury Minister in 2000. Under the leadership of Iain Duncan Smith he was a Shadow Work and Pensions Minister until he left the frontbench in 2002, and has been a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee since. He was Shadow Work and Pensions Minister again until the 2010 general election.[3]

In 2009, Mr Clappison was involved in the Parliamentary expenses scandal.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". .cfoi.co.uk. 5 September 1989. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 19 May 1992". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Swaine, Jon (15 May 2009). "James Clappison claims £100,000 but owns 24 houses: MPs' expenses". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Parkinson
Member of Parliament for Hertsmere
1992–present
Incumbent