John Randall (British politician)

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The Right Honourable
Sir John Randall
MP
Treasurer of the Household
Deputy Chief Whip
In office
11 May 2010 – 6 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Tommy McAvoy
Succeeded by Greg Hands
Member of Parliament
for Uxbridge and South Ruislip
Uxbridge (1997–2010)
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 July 1997
Preceded by Sir Michael Shersby
Majority 11,216 (24.9%)
Personal details
Born (1955-08-05) 5 August 1955 (age 59)
Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Kate
Children Two sons, one daughter
Alma mater University of London
Website www.johnrandallmp.com

Sir Alexander John Randall, (born 5 August 1955) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom, and is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

He was the Conservative Deputy Chief Whip between May 2010 and October 2013.

Early life[edit]

Randall, born in Uxbridge, was educated at Rutland House School, an independent school in Hillingdon in west London, and later at Merchant Taylors' School, another independent school, in Northwood, Hertfordshire. In 1979, he graduated from the University of London with an Upper Second degree BA in Serbo-Croatian language and literature. His involvement in politics came about through his family's store, Randalls of Uxbridge, where he was managing director.

In 1994, he became Honorary Treasurer of Uxbridge Conservative Association, which later elected him Chairman.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Randall was elected Member of Parliament for Uxbridge in a by-election following the death of Sir Michael Shersby in the wake of the Labour Party's 1997 landslide election victory. Randall had been an Election Agent for Shersby throughout the 1997 General Election campaign. He became the first Conservative candidate to win a parliamentary by-election since William Hague's victory in Richmond in 1989.

During his political career he has sat on the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee and its Environment Sub-Committee. He is strongly against the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

In 1999 he was appointed as an Opposition Whip, but, due to his opposition to Britain's involvement in the Iraq War, he resigned as a matter of conscience in March 2003.[1] He was later reappointed as a Whip in 2003. At the end of 2005 he was promoted to Conservative Assistant Chief Whip.

In 2010 he was appointed the joint Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of Her Majesty's Household in the Coalition Government.

He was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010.[2]

He resigned from the government with praise to David Cameron on 6 October 2013, amid a cabinet reshuffle.[3] On 21 October 2013 it was announced that he was to receive a knightood.[4]

On 10 July 2014, John Randall announced that he would not stand for parliament at the 2015 general election.[5]

Personal life[edit]

John Randall married (Kate) Katherine Frances Gray in 1986, and has two sons and a daughter.

He is a keen supporter of Uxbridge Football Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tory whip quits over Iraq concerns". BBC News. 10 March 2003. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Privy Council Orders for 9 June 2010". Privy Council Office. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ 'Deputy Chief Whip John Randall quits government' – BBC News 6 October 2013
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Sir John Randall to step down as Uxbridge MP – speculation grows over Boris Johnson as successor". Hillingdon and Uxbridge Times. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Michael Shersby
Member of Parliament for Uxbridge
1997–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy McAvoy
Treasurer of the Household
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Greg Hands