Michael Jack

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The Right Honourable
Michael Jack
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Sir George Young
Succeeded by Dawn Primarolo
Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
27 May 1993 – 5 July 1995
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by David Curry
Succeeded by Tony Baldry
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
14 April 1992 – 27 May 1993
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Angela Rumbold
Succeeded by David Maclean
Member of Parliament
for Fylde
In office
11 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Edward Gardner
Succeeded by Mark Menzies
Personal details
Born (1946-09-17) 17 September 1946 (age 68)
Folkestone, Kent, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Alison Jane Musgrave
Alma mater University of Leicester

John Michael Jack PC, (born 17 September 1946 in Folkestone, Kent, England) is the interim Chairman of the Office of Tax Simplification. Before he took upon this unpaid position that will be filled by a new appointment in 2011,[1] he was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom and was Member of Parliament for Fylde between 1987 and 2010, serving at various junior ministerial posts during the John Major administration.

Early life[edit]

The son of Ralph and Florence Edith, Jack attended Bradford Grammar School and then Bradford Institute of Technology (now the University of Bradford). At the University of Leicester, he received a BA in Economics, and a MPhil in Transport Economics. He worked for Procter & Gamble from 1971-5. From 1975-80 he worked at Marks & Spencer, being PA to Managing Director Lord Rayner from 1975-6, National Chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1976–77, Sales Director at LO Jeffs Ltd (a fresh produce supply company and part of Northern Foods) from 1981-7. He has also been a member of the Eastern Area Electricity Consultative Council, and of the Mersey Regional Health Authority.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested Newcastle Central in February 1974. He was a Minister at the DSS from 1990-2, at the Home Office from 1992-3, then at MAFF from 1993-5. From 1995-7, he was Financial Secretary to the Treasury. William Hague appointed him a member of his Shadow Cabinet in 1997 as Shadow Agriculture Minister, but he returned to the back-benches in 1998. He was Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. He was a pro-European, and was member of the Tory Reform Group.

He was appointed to the Privy Council in the 1997 New Year Honours.

On 14 March 2008, Jack announced that he would stand down at the 2010 general election.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Alison Jane Musgrave in 1976, and they have two sons.

He is Chairman of the Hartington Group (based in Newport, Shropshire). He is a non-executive Director of Topps Tiles.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Gardner
Member of Parliament for Fylde
1987–2010
Succeeded by
Mark Menzies
Political offices
Preceded by
George Young
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Dawn Primarolo