James Duddridge

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James Duddridge MP
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
11 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Succeeded by Robert Goodwill
Member of Parliament
for Rochford and Southend East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Teddy Taylor
Majority 11,050 (26.6%)
Personal details
Born (1971-08-26) 26 August 1971 (age 42)
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Katy Thompson
Alma mater University of Essex
Website www.jamesduddridge.com

James Philip Duddridge (born August 26, 1971) is a British politician. He is the Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East.

Early life[edit]

Born in Bristol, Duddridge was educated at the Huddersfield New College, The Blue School, Wells, and the University of Essex where he received a BA degree in government in 1993. He was elected as the chairman of the university's Conservative Association in 1990. He was previously the chairman of the Wells Young Conservatives in 1989 and at the same time he worked as a researcher in the Conservative Campaigns Department.

Professional career[edit]

In 1991, he became a researcher for Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, until he joined Barclays Bank in 1993, originally as a retail and merchant banker, and then as a banker with the Swaziland branch, becoming a sales director in 1997 at the Banque Belgolaise in the Ivory Coast and the national sales manager for Barclays in 1998, where he was employed until his election to Parliament. He was a director of YouGov from 2000 until his election.

Political career[edit]

He unsuccessfully contested the Rother Valley constituency at the 2001 general election, where he finished second some 14,882 votes behind the sitting Labour MP, Kevin Barron. He then returned to Africa and worked as a banker in Botswana. He was selected to contest the Rochford and Southend East seat at the 2005 general election after Teddy Taylor stepped down. Duddridge held the seat with a majority of 5,494 and is the current sitting MP. He made his maiden speech on 9 June 2005.[1] From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee; he was a member of the International Development Committee from 2006 to 2008. In January 2008, he was made an Opposition Whip. Following the 2010 general election, he was appointed Lord Commissioner of the Treasury (Government Whip) with responsibility for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Education, but he left the front benches in the September 2012 reshuffle.

On 3 December 2010, he replied for the Government from the Despatch Box during an Adjournment debate, a rarity as Commons whips—particularly Government Whips—by convention do not speak in the Chamber.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Duddridge married Kathryn (Katy) Thompson in May 2004 in St Albans, and they live in Southend-on-Sea with their sons Tom and Henry and daughter Mary.


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Preceded by
Teddy Taylor
Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East