John Glen (politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
John Glen
John Glen MP.jpg
Parliamentary Private Secretary
to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Assumed office
11 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Stephen Hammond
Member of Parliament
for Salisbury
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Robert Key
Majority 5,966 (12.3%)
Personal details
Born (1974-04-01) 1 April 1974 (age 40)
Bath, Somerset, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Emma Glen[2]
Alma mater Mansfield College, Oxford
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Religion Christian

John Philip Glen (born 1 April 1974[3] in Bath) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salisbury in Wiltshire since the general election in May 2010. He has been Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government since September 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Glen was brought up in a small family horticultural business in rural Wiltshire. He was educated at King Edward's School, Bath where he was Head Boy, and Mansfield College, University of Oxford, where he read Modern History and was elected President of Mansfield College JCR. He later entered the University of Cambridge, where he studied for an MBA at Fitzwilliam College.[4] He was the first person in his family to go to university.


After graduating from Oxford, Glen worked for two Ministers in 1996-1997.

He went on to campaign in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland for Michael Bates (now Lord Bates) in the 1997 general election, following which he joined the Strategy practice of Accenture, a large management consultancy firm. Whilst there he worked on projects for Glaxo Wellcome, BP and the Post Office.

After three years in consulting, Glen worked for Rt Hon William Hague MP's team (then Leader of the Conservative Party). In his role as Head of the Political Section of the Conservative Research Department, he helped prepare Hague for Prime Minister's Question Time and briefed the Shadow Cabinet for media appearances. Hague has said the following since about his prospects and character:

"John was a key adviser during my time as Leader of the Conservative Party. I have no doubt John will play a significant role in a future Conservative Government. He has absolute integrity, excellent political instincts and is highly regarded at all levels in the Party."[5]

Glen was one of the youngest candidates at the 2001 general election, when he stood in Plymouth Devonport. He came second, achieving 27.1% of the vote and a 2.9% swing.[6] Following this election, he took an MBA at Cambridge University and worked in the oil and gas industries in the UK and in the US for the next few years.

Early in 2004, he returned to the Conservative Party to work as Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department in the run up to the 2005 general election. He then became Director of the Department and set up the secretariat for the Policy Review that was established after David Cameron became Leader. He returned to business in 2006, managing his firm's relationship with the World Economic Forum. He became a Magistrate (JP) at Horseferry Road, Westminster in 2006.

When standing for selection to contest the Salisbury constituency, he was endorsed by Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome, who described him as a "full spectrum Conservative":

For want of a better expression, he's what I think of as a full spectrum Conservative. On the one hand he's a Eurosceptic; he's a believer in low taxation; he supports a tough approach to crime and strictly controlled immigration. But there's also a commitment to the greener, gentler conservatism of David Cameron. John was helping me with the social justice project ten years ago when we worked together in the Conservative Christian Fellowship. In his campaign video he makes it clear that, in fixing Labour's deficit, we mustn't balance budgets on the backs of the poor. He's a practical environmentalist; strongly committed to recycling, better use of energy and protecting the countryside. ...John made it clear that his number one job will be to stand up for the military. Salisbury couldn't do better than choosing John Glen as its Conservative candidate.


Parliamentary career[edit]

Glen was elected to Parliament in the General Election of May 2010 with an increase in the percentage share of the vote compared with the Conservative result in 2005.[8]

From June 2010 to September 2012, he sat on the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.[9]

In the September 2012 reshuffle, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Free Enterprise Group paper[edit]

On 31 January 2013 Glen published a paper entitled 'Completing the Reform, Freeing the Universities' as part of the Free Enterprise Group of MPs.

The paper advocated encouraging universities to build up endowments, which could then replace income from grants; reforms to the tuition fee cap towards "total course costs" instead of per-year caps, and allowing fee differentials by subject group; changes to the way in which research funding is allocated; and administrative savings from the Research Councils and the Office of Fair Access.[10]

He wrote an op-ed for the Daily Telegraph about the policies advocated in the paper, entitled 'Tuition fees cannot be the last reform of university funding'.

The paper also received coverage in the Times Higher Education Magazine and was described as a possible basis for university policy in the next Conservative manifesto.[11]

Presumption of Death Bill[edit]

Glen was 14th in the 2012 Ballot to introduce a Private Member's Bill.[12]

He chose to introduce the Presumption of Death Bill, which would introduce a court-based process in the case of a presumed death to issue a certificate that would act like a death certificate, simplifying administrative and practical processes in the case of a missing person or a presumed death.

The Bill was supported by the Government, by the Shadow Justice Minister, and members of the Justice Select Committee, and received a unanimous Second Reading on 2 November 2012.[13]

It was not amended in Public Bill Committee and received a unanimous Third Reading on 30 November 2012.[14]

The Bill passed its Second Reading stage in the House of Lords unopposed on 1 February 2013.[15] and became law at the end of March 2013[16]


  • In March 2014, he called a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the A303, arguing that access to the South West needed to be improved whilst being sensitive to Stonehenge as a World Heritage Site [17]
  • In February 2014, he spoke in favour of the use of NHS patient data in medical research[18]
  • At a Backbench Business debate in February 2014, he urged the government to prioritise end-of-life care and expand patient choice at the end of life[19]
  • He spoke on the challenges facing rural communities, especially access to broadband, at a Backbench Business debate in January 2014[20]
  • In December 2013, he spoke on the need for a fair funding settlement for children's hospices in a Backbench Business debate[21]
  • In November 2013, he spoke in favour of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Bill and asked the government to embed residential centres into the justice system[22]
  • In September 2013, he called an adjournment debate on the future Public Health England site in Porton Down[23]
  • In February 2013, he spoke against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Second Reading, warning that in attempting to widen access to marriage, the government would be redefining and undermining marriage as an institution[24]
  • In November 2012, he took part in a Westminster Hall debate calling on the Government to put pressure on the Maldivian government to secure a fair trial for former President Mohamed Nasheed [25]
  • On 24 October 2012, Glen put forward a Ten-Minute Rule Motion calling for the use of unpaid work orders to pay off fines, arguing that the level of unpaid fines was too high and unpaid work orders represented a practical and compassionate solution. The motion was passed unopposed but a Bill was not introduced for Second Reading.[26]
  • He called an adjournment debate on the miscalculation by the Ministry of Defence of military spouse's pensions in October 2012 [27]
  • He spoke against any change in the law on assisted suicide in a backbench business debate in March 2012.[28]
  • In February 2012 he led a Westminster Hall debate on the need for the coordination of soft power resources in British foreign policy.[29]
  • In October 2011, he raised the issue of planning decisions in Salisbury in a debate on the National Planning Policy Framework.[30]
  • On 12 October 2011, he led a debate in Westminster Hall on innovation in the NHS, where he urged the government to bring in measures to allow the NHS fully to benefit, through cost savings and better patient outcomes, from innovative procedures and techniques developed "in-house" by the NHS.[31]
  • In September 2010, he urged investment in new capabilities, and the maintenance of capabilities to deal with future threats, in a debate on the Strategic Defence and Security Review.[32] He later praised the conclusions of the SDSR as "the best that could have been achieved in the time available".[33]
  • In his maiden speech in May 2010, he paid tribute to his predecessor, Robert Key, and called on the government to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy for small businesses, to address rural poverty, and to support rural economies.[34]


Glen writes regularly for Conservative Home and the Huffington Post.

  • Following his Ten-Minute Rule Motion on 24 October 2012, Glen published an article proposing the use of unpaid work orders to pay off fines.[35]
  • In October 2012, he wrote a critique of the current state of the Labour party and its leadership for Conservative Home entitled "Rhetoric vs Reality".[36]
  • Following the publication of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee report on Accommodation, Glen wrote an article analysing the government's policy in this area.[37]
  • In May 2012, he co-authored an article with Davis Lewin arguing for the primacy and importance of NATO.[38]
  • Following the local election results in May 2012, Glen argued that Conservatives should be optimistic about the next general election.[39]
  • Following the publication of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee report on Libya, Glen commented on the uniqueness of the Libyan conflict on the Huffington Post.[40]
  • He wrote an article for Conservative Home on value for money in the Ministry of Defence in January 2012, following a recent Select Committee report.[41]
  • In January 2012, he wrote for Huffington Post, arguing that legalisation of assisted suicide was misguided, and that palliative care was a more compassionate response.[42]
  • In November 2011, he contributed an article to Huffington Post that praised the work of the British Council in Libya and highlighted the importance of soft power to British foreign policy.[43]
  • Glen has written for Conservative Home on Higher Education access where he argued that the focus on admissions outcomes could compromise university standards and addresses the symptoms, rather than the cause, of lack of access to elite universities.[44]
  • In October 2011, he wrote an article for EPolitix on commercial innovation in the NHS where he called for measures to be put in place to allow the NHS to benefit from the innovative techniques and procedures developed by NHS staff.[45]


John is married to Emma and has two stepchildren, William and Emily. Emma used to work for the Foreign Office in Paris and now is a housewife.[46]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ "John Glen MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Fitzwilliam’s MPs". Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  5. ^ Rt Hon William Hague MP, John Glen Endorsements Page
  6. ^ Elections 2001 [1] The Guardian.
  7. ^ I'm backing John Glen for Salisbury [2]Conservative Home
  8. ^ Salisbury election results [3] The Guardian.
  9. ^ Beholden to no-one
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^
  28. ^
  29. ^
  30. ^
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^
  34. ^
  35. ^
  36. ^
  37. ^
  38. ^
  39. ^
  40. ^
  41. ^
  42. ^
  43. ^
  44. ^
  45. ^
  46. ^

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Key
Member of Parliament for Salisbury