Lee Scott (politician)

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Lee Scott
Member of Parliament
for Ilford North
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Linda Perham
Majority 5,404 (11.5%)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-06) 6 April 1956 (age 58)
West Ham, Essex, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Estelle Scott[1]
Children 5
Religion Judaism
Website www.lee-scott.org.uk

Lee Scott (born 6 April 1956[2]) is a British politician. He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ilford North, and an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel group.[3]

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in the East End of London to a British Jewish family,[4] He was educated at Clarks College in Ilford[2][5][6] and the London College of Distributive Trades.[2][7]

Early career[edit]

From 1972-82, Scott was a Director of Scott & Fishell. He was a sales executive for Toshiba from 1982-4, for ITT from 1984-6, and for NKR from 1986-8. From 1988-98, he was Campaign Director for the United Jewish Israel Appeal.[2]

He became a professional fundraiser for several notable charities, and has also volunteered with Victim Support. He was selected as the Conservative candidate for Waveney in the 2001 general election but failed to win the seat.[2] He was a councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2005 general election, Scott won the Ilford North seat,[2] ousting the sitting Labour MP Linda Perham.

Scott has a special interest in autism and created history when he presented a Private Member's Bill to Parliament dealing with the care of autistic children once they reached adulthood.[8] [9] He was a member of the Select Committee on transport and is on the Select Committee on Health. In 2008 Scott was shortlisted for the ePolitix Disability Champion Award - for championing the cause of autism in the House of Commons.[10] Scott, Patron of the UK Autism Foundation, was nominated by the charity for his work supporting parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome across the United Kingdom. He met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and autism campaigner Ivan Corea after he raised the issue of autism in Prime Minister's Questions.[11]

On 9 December 2010 he abstained from voting on the Higher Tutition Fees Bill, which meant he had to resign his position as an aide to the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond MP.[12] He is consequently perceived as a trustworthy politician by his constituents.

Personal life[edit]

Scott married Estelle Dombey in 1987 and has three daughters and two sons.[2] He supports Leyton Orient F.C..[2]


  1. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/110124/part2.htm
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h ‘SCOTT, Lee’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 31 Dec 2012
  3. ^ http://www2.cfoi.co.uk/AboutCFI/
  4. ^ Jessica Elgot. "New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry". The Jewish Chronicle. 
  5. ^ "Ilford North". UKPollingReport. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ Button, Peter (1999-04-17). "On The Lookout For Old Clarkonians". This is local London. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Meet the MP: Lee Scott". BBC News (BBC). 2005-08-12. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Lee Scott Parliamentary Debate on Autism". Retrieved 2008-12-07. [dead link]
  9. ^ "UK Autism Bill: Lee Scott Creates History". Retrieved 2008-12-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Shortlist Disability Champion Lee Scott MP (Nominated by UK Autism Foundation)". Retrieved 2008-12-07. [dead link]
  11. ^ "UK Prime Minister meets Autism Campaigners". Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  12. ^ "Prime Minister's questions". BBC News. 2011-01-26. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Linda Perham
Member of Parliament for Ilford North