|Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury|
11 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Bob Blizzard|
|Succeeded by||Desmond Swayne|
|Member of Parliament
Mid Staffordshire (1992–1997)
9 April 1992
|Preceded by||Sylvia Heal|
12 June 1950 |
Brighton, Sussex, England
|Alma mater||Loughborough University
University of Sussex
University of Oxford
University of Southern California
Michael Fabricant is the Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party for Parliamentary Campaigning, responsible for Conservative headquarters strategy on marginal seats at the next general election, as well as by-elections.
Fabricant was born in Brighton, into a Zionist British Jewish family, and attended Brighton Secondary Technical School and Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School. He studied economics at Loughborough University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to study at the University of Sussex, where he was awarded a master's degree in systems and econometrics in 1974, and continued his studies at the University of Oxford, University of London and the University of Southern California.
He was appointed director of the International Broadcasting Electronics and Investment Group in 1979, remaining there until 1991, by which time his work had taken him to Moscow, the Netherlands, Uganda, Italy and Iceland. He unsuccessfully contested the safe Labour stronghold of South Shields at the 1987 general election, coming in 13,851 votes behind victor David Clark. Fabricant was appointed the chairman of the Brighton Pavilion Conservative Association in 1990 and remained chairman until his election to Westminster.
Fabricant was first elected at the 1992 General Election for Mid Staffordshire, regaining the seat for the Conservatives following Sylvia Heal's victory at the 1990 by-election. He took the seat with a majority of 6,236 and has remained a Member of Parliament since. He made his maiden speech on 2 July 1992. The Mid Staffordshire seat was abolished at the 1997 General Election, but Fabricant contested and won the Lichfield constituency, which partially replaced it, by just 238 votes (0.51%). He has remained the Lichfield MP since, increasing his majority to 4,426 in 2001, 7,080 in 2005 and 17,683 in 2010.
In Parliament, Fabricant joined the European Legislation Select Committee in 1992 on which he served until the 1997 General Election. He also joined the National Heritage Select Committee in 1993 and was a member of that committee until his appointment as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury Michael Jack in 1996. Following the Conservative defeat at the 1997 General Election, Fabricant joined the (renamed) Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee until moving to the Home Affairs Select Committee in 1999. He rejoined the Culture, Media and Sport committee following the 2001 General Election, and also at this time became the chairman of the Information Committee. He moved up to the Opposition frontbench as a trade and industry spokesman under Michael Howard in 2003. Later in the year he was moved to the post of spokesman on economic affairs. He became an Opposition Whip following the 2005 General Election and remained in the position following the appointment of new leader David Cameron.
Fabricant has said that he was a "moderniser when Notting Hill was a dump", referring to the "Notting Hill Set", a group of young Conservative modernisers that came to prominence under David Cameron.
Other interests and private life
Fabricant was the 'political adviser' to the BBC series The Final Cut. In the 'crossing the floor' speech scene from disgruntled Tom Makepeace (actor Paul Freeman), Fabricant can clearly be seen sitting next to Makepeace in a cameo. Fabricant is easily recognisable in the Commons with his bright blond hair, which sketchwriters and fellow Members of Parliament have frequently suggested is a wig. The Labour former Minister Ian McCartney once retorted "provided he doesn't mention my Glaswegian accent, I won't mention his wig."
When on holiday in Colombia in 2008, a patrol of armed Colombian soldiers stopped him, suspecting him of cocaine possession when they discovered sachets of white powder in his rucksack. It was in fact dried milk.
His website lists his interests as fell-walking, canal-boating, skiing, Mozart operas, listening to The Archers and eating out. He has taken part in a series of adjournment debates on government funding for inland waterways, and has called for heavy goods freight to move off Britain's roads and back onto the restored canal network. Fabricant is able to speak reasonable French and German, and also speaks some Dutch and Russian.
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- Michael Fabricant MP official site
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Mid Staffordshire
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Lichfield