Michael Ellis (British politician)

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Michael Ellis
Member of Parliament for Northampton North
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Sally Keeble
Majority 1,936 (4.8%)
Personal details
Born (1967-10-13) 13 October 1967 (age 46)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Wellingborough School, University of Buckingham, Inns of Court School of Law
Website Michael Ellis.co.uk site

Michael Tyrone Ellis[1] (born 13 October 1967) is a British Conservative Party politician. Since 2010 he is the MP for the Northampton North constituency.

Early life[edit]

Michael Ellis was born on 13 October 1967 to a British Jewish family.[2]

Ellis was educated at two independent schools: at Spratton Hall Preparatory School and Wellingborough School, followed by the independent University of Buckingham, where he obtained an LLB degree in 1993, including First Class Honours in Public (Constitutional) Law and won the Aylesbury Vale District Council Chairman’s Prize for the Best Performance in Public Law that year.[3] At university he was also a student editor of the Denning Law Journal.[3]

Whilst at university, Ellis undertook an exchange program in the United States at the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia.[3]

After attending the Inns of Court School of Law in London, Ellis was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1993.[4]


Ellis's legal practice was based in Northampton, although his chambers' head office was in London.[5]

Ellis became the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Northampton North in December 2006 following a public vote in an open primary.[6] The use of the open primary method, allowing party and non-party members the opportunity to attend a hustings and vote for an individual, has been an uncommon way of choosing parliamentary candidates in the British political system, however it became more widely used during 2009, particularly by the Conservative Party.[7][8][9]

Ellis was elected to Parliament in the General Election of 6 May 2010. He won the seat with a majority of 1,936 and 34.1% of the vote.[10]

In February 2011 Ellis was elected by fellow Members of Parliament to membership of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.[11] Ellis frequently questions prominent figures appearing before this committee, including Russell Brand.[12] He was also a member of the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill during the 2012–13 Parliamentary session.[13] Ellis was interviewed about this Bill with Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, on the Daily Politics program on 11 December 2012.[14]

Ellis is also the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[15] In this role Ellis was responsible for organising a gift for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from both Houses of Parliament of a stained glass window of The Queen's Coat of Arms funded entirely by current Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords.[16] Ellis was also responsible for organising the planting of a Red Windsor apple tree on Speaker's Green at the Houses of Parliament. This was part of the Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods project which planted six million trees around the United Kingdom during the Jubilee year.[17]

Ellis was appointed President of the Commonwealth Jewish Council in 2012 taking over from Labour Peer Lord (Greville) Janner QC.[18]

On 25 September 2012 Ellis was appointed Parliamentary Adviser to Lord Feldman of Elstree, the Conservative Party Co-Chairman.[19]

On 11 September 2013 Ellis introduced The Medical Innovation (No.2) Bill, a Private members bill to the House of Commons.[20] This Bill was also introduced into the House of Lords by Lord (Maurice) Saatchi on 3 December 2012[21] and was designed to allow doctors more scope to innovate when treating cancer patients.[22] The bill was withdrawn after its first reading,[23] following an indication from the government that they would support it.[24]


  1. ^ "List of members returned to serve in Parliament at the general election 2010". London Gazette. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Jessica Elgot. "New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry". The Jewish Chronicle. 
  3. ^ a b c "Conservatives – Northampton Conservatives - Michael Ellis MP". Northampton Conservatives. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Michael Ellis". Clarendonchambers.com. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Clarendon Chambers". Clarendon Chambers. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Michael Ellis - The people’s choice". Northampton North Conservatives. 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  7. ^ "Tories pick Spelthorne candidate in primary". BBC News. 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  8. ^ "GP wins Tory 'open primary' race". BBC News. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  9. ^ "We're the progressives - Osborne". BBC News. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  10. ^ "Election 2010 | Constituency | Northampton North". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  11. ^ "Home Affairs Committee Membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Home Affairs Committee hears evidence from Russell Brand as part of drugs policy enquiry". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "BBC News – Communications Data Bill: Jimmy Wales and Michael Ellis". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "House of Commons - Register of All Party Groups". UK Parliament. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "BBC News – Stained glass window to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jubilee Woods". Woodland Trust. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Commonwealth Jewish Council | Michael Ellis MP". CJC. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Twitter / ToryChairman". Twitter. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Medical Innovation (No.2) Bill 2013-14". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Medical Innovation Bill [HL] 2012-13". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Lord Maurice Saatchi Blames Lack of Cancer Cure on Legal 'Deterrent'". Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  23. ^ Michael Ellis. "Medical Innovation (No. 2) Bill 2013-14". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Twitter / Michael Ellis". Twitter. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sally Keeble
Member of Parliament for Northampton North

List of British Jewish politicians