Peter Bone

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Peter Bone
MP
Member of Parliament
for Wellingborough
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Paul Stinchcombe
Majority 11,787 (22.8%)
Personal details
Born (1952-10-19) 19 October 1952 (age 62)
Billericay, Essex, England
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jeanette Bone[1]
Children Alexander
Helen
Thomas
Residence Rushden, Northamptonshire
Profession Accountant
Religion Church of England

Peter William Bone (born 19 October 1952) is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Wellingborough constituency.

Personal life[edit]

Bone was born in 1952 in Billericay and educated at Westcliff High School for Boys until 1971 then Chart Tutors – now part of Kaplan – till 1974. Bone is quoted as playing cricket as a left arm bowler for Cambridge Methodists Cricket Club in Leeds,[citation needed] and tweets regularly of his matches playing with Wellingborough Old Grammarians 3rd XI.[2][3] He states that he is a keen follower of American Football and had a question read out live on Sky Sports in January 2012. He is an active member of the Church of England and attends St Mary's Church in Rushden with his family, as well as holding constituency surgeries in the church hall.[4]

Business career[edit]

Qualified as a chartered accountant; (FCA) in 1976,[5] Bone has "run both a public company and a family business" and is quoted as a "successful businessman".[6] In 1995, according to The Guardian, Bone was described as Britain's "meanest boss" by the Daily Mirror when he defended paying a 17-year-old trainee at Palm Travel (West) 87p an hour.[7] By way of context, the average wage was over £8 per hour in 1995.[8]

Political career[edit]

In 1977 Bone was elected as a councillor to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, where he served for eight years until 1986.[citation needed] He was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Southend West Conservative Association in 1977 and continued in the position until 1984.[9] In 1982, he became press secretary to The Right Honourable Paul Channon MP.

He contested the parliamentary seat of Islwyn in the South Wales valleys at the 1992 general election against the Leader of the Opposition Neil Kinnock. Bone's 6,180 votes remains the best Conservative result in this Labour stronghold. He subsequently fought the European Parliament election in 1994 for Mid and West Wales coming third.

Bone was a member of the National Union Executive Committee between 1993 until 1996.[9] He was chosen for the seemingly safe Conservative seat of Pudsey following the retirement of the veteran MP Giles Shaw at the 1997 general election but lost following a swing of 13.20% to the Labour's Paul Truswell, compared to a national swing of 10% from Conservative to Labour.

In the 2001 general election he fought the ultra-marginal seat of Wellingborough, where the sitting Labour MP Paul Stinchcombe was holding on with a majority of just 187, having defeated the veteran Tory MP Peter Fry in 1997. Stinchcombe held on to his seat by 2,355, a swing of 2.1% to Labour compared with a national swing of 1.75 to the Conservatives. However, four years later, in the 2005 general election, Bone ousted Stinchcombe in Wellingborough with a majority of 687 votes, a swing of 2.9% compared to a national swing of 3.1% to the Conservatives. He made his maiden speech on 7 June 2005.[10]

Bone is "too old to hope for any extended career on the Conservative front-bench",[11] but is regularly one of the ten most active MPs in Parliament, in terms of Questions asked and other contributions.[12] However the quality of those interventions was questioned in a 2006 Times article about the Theyworkforyou website.[12] Bone was one of three new attention-seeking MPs specifically mentioned who boosted "their ratings on the internet by saying very little, very often."[12] Among his 109 "speeches" was one which ran to three short sentences (standing up for Royal Mail in that a sub-postmaster in Little Irchester had the only business in the village).[12]

Bone is a member of the 1922 Committee and was an executive member from 2007 to 2012.[9] In April 2012, the Telegraph reported that the modernising "301 Group" was planning a coup to replace Bone and others. The reformers argued that the 1922 Committee was "run by a group of mostly cantankerous old farts who do little to further right-wing ideas" and needed to campaign on issues other than EU membership and their objections to House of Lords reform because it made the party appear out of touch.[13] Bone was voted off the executive in May 2012.[14]

In March 2009 Bone was a key speaker opposing the use of the House of Commons by the UK Youth Parliament.[citation needed]

Bone was a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee from 2005 to 2007 and was a member the Health Select Committee from 2007 to 2010. He has been a member of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and the Commons Committee on Statutory Instruments since 2005.[9]

In 2010, having unsuccessfully contesting the chairmanship for the Health Select Committee,[citation needed] he was elected to Speaker's Chairman Panel and the Backbench Business Committee.[15] Further to this Bone has served as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, Treasurer of the APPG on Human Trafficking of Women and Children and APPG on Road Trafficking.[16]

Bone has been frequently critical of the coalition and the Liberal Democrats[17] and is rated as one of the Conservatives' most rebellious MPs.[18]

In February 2014 The Times newspaper revealed that Bone has been under investigation by the Police for the previous 12 months as to his possible involvement in an alleged £100,000 fraud relating to local authority benefit payments of care home fees for his mother-in-law.[19] Bone issued a lengthy statement denying fraud allegations.[20]

Political views[edit]

Bone is a supporter of faith groups,[21] the right-wing of the Conservative Party, and is a member of the socially conservative Cornerstone Group. He has suggested major constitutional changes such as abolition of the Whips office and confirmation of new Cabinet appointees.[22] His criticisms of the NHS include a 2007 report, in which he argued that it "would not be out of place in Stalin's Russia".[23] He has voted to lower the abortion time limit to twelve weeks and voted against abolishing the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel. He has urged the Charity Commission to award the tax breaks of registration to any legal faith group.[24] The abortion time limit vote failed, the blasphemy vote passed, and tax breaks were not awarded.[25][26]

Bone has signed several Early Day Motions supporting homoeopathy and voted against regulations which secured equality for gay men and women in the provision of goods and services in 2007. In 2012, Bone described government proposals to introduce same-sex marriage rights as "completely nuts",[27] He subsequently voted against the bill which passed its second reading in February 2013.[28]

In 2013 Bone was one of four MPs who camped outside Parliament in a move to facilitate parliamentary debate on what they called an "Alternative Queen’s Speech" - an attempt to show what a future Conservative government might deliver.[17][29] Some 42 policies were listed including reintroduction of the death penalty and conscription, privatizing the BBC, banning the burka in public places and preparation to leave the European Union.[29] The Daily Telegraph believes the whips sent Edward Leigh to try and persuade the group not to table the amendments.[29] Bone blamed the Liberal Democrats for tying David Cameron's hands.[17]

Private member's bills[edit]

He sponsored the failed European Convention on Human Rights (Withdrawal) Bill 2010–11: a Bill to make provision for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights.[30] More recently, he has sponsored the Withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights and Removal of Alleged Terrorists Bill 2013-14.[31]

He was also sponsoring a Private Members' Bill to name the August bank holiday 'Margaret Thatcher Day'. The Bill was due to have its second reading on 28 February, but Parliament ran out of time to debate it.[32]

Bone reinforced his reputation as Britain's "meanest boss", as he was described by the Daily Mirror, by lending his support to a private member's bill tabled by his fellow-Tory MP, Christopher Chope, which proposed that the house amend minimum wage legislation and enable employees to opt out.[7]

Political funding[edit]

Wellingborough Conservative Association has received funding from the Midlands Industrial Council – £35,000 in 2004-5 – [33] according to Searchthemoney.com. The group is chaired by Robert Edmiston, founder of Christian Vision.[34] Midlands Industrial Council only lists one Midlands industrial company member, among other individuals with an interest in importing products to the UK rather than in Midlands industry.[35][36] The Portcullis Club and private individuals have also contributed[37] Lord Ashcroft's[38] company, Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd (now Impellam Ventures),[39] contributed in 2005-6.[38][40]

Bone is an avid responder to paid-for political polls and declares the £75 payments received.[citation needed] The National Football League donates a pair of Wembley tickets to him each year.[citation needed]

Expenses[edit]

Bone employs his wife, Jennie, as his executive secretary.[41] In 2007–2008 he paid her "in the top bracket of up to £40,000" per annum[42] and in 2014 The Mirror reported she receives more than £45,000 - "the highest salary paid to any MP’s spouse".[43] He was also one of 32 MPs who claimed the maximum allowance of £4,800 a year for food.[44] His expenses for 2007–2008 were ranked 115 out of 645 MPs.[45]

His expenses for 2008–2009 were ranked 84th.[45] He was not mentioned in the 2009 Legg Report and therefore was not one of the 343 MPs required to pay back any money.[46]

Recent summarised expenses with links to detail are on his page of the Parliamentary Standards web site and interests on the They Work For You web site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/110124/part2.htm
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/PeterBoneMP
  3. ^ His player stats for Wellingborough OGs CC
  4. ^ Peter Bone MP on wellingboroughconservatives.org
  5. ^ FCA confirmed by phone on 20 May 2013 on their helpline 0906 614 0906
  6. ^ His office also told the Oxford Mail that he "Successful businessman with a dynamism which has led to numerous achievements"
  7. ^ a b "Tory bill attempts to water down minimum wage". London: Guardian newspapers. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Average earnings in UK table". BBC. 7 January 2000. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Peter Bone". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "House of Commons debates:Orders of the Day — Finance Bill". theyworkforyo.com. 7 June 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Oxford Mail
  12. ^ a b c d "The MPs who can't stop talking". Times Newspapers. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Donata Huggins (30 April 2012). "The 1922 Committee is threatened by a modernisers' coup". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "New faces elected on to influential Conservative 1922 committee". BBC News. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Backbench Business Committee – membership". Parliament.uk. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.allpartygrouphumantrafficking.org/the-appg/members
  17. ^ a b c "Cameron's hand tied by Lib Dems - Tory MP Peter Bone". BBC News. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  18. ^ http://conservativehome.blogs.com/parliament/2010/12/the-latest-league-table-of-tory-backbench-rebellion.html
  19. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4015206.ece
  20. ^ "In full: Wellingborough and Rushden Peter Bone’s statement denying fraud allegations" Northants Telegraph
  21. ^ http://paulflynnmp.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/02/exclusively-foolish-cult.html
  22. ^ http://conservativehome.blogs.com/parliament/2010/10/peter-bone-suggests-confirmation-hearings-for-newly-appointed-cabinet-ministers.html
  23. ^ Savage, Michael (17 August 2009). "Cameron woe deepens over NHS dissent". London: The Independent. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  24. ^ http://conservativehome.blogs.com/platform/2012/12/peter-bone-mp.html
  25. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  26. ^ http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  27. ^ "Gay wedding plans 'completely nuts' – Peter Bone MP". BBC News. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "UK | UK Politics | The full list of MPs voting for or against the government's same-sex marriage legislation". BBC News. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  29. ^ a b c Robert Watts (20 June 2013). "Conservative MPs launch attempt to bring back death penalty, privatise the BBC, rename the August bank holiday "Margaret Thatcher Day" and ban burka". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  30. ^ European Convention on Human Rights (Withdrawal) Bill 2010-12
  31. ^ Withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights and Removal of Alleged Terrorists Bill 2013-14 [1]
  32. ^ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/no-margaret-thatcher-day-bank-holiday-bid-by-peter-bone-mp-fails-1438424
  33. ^ http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/58528/FOI6108-online-version-all-documents.pdf
  34. ^ http://www.secularism.org.uk/more-evangelists-appointed-to-lo.html
  35. ^ Robert Edmiston
  36. ^ "Group identifies Tory cash donors". BBC News. 14 October 2006. 
  37. ^ http://searchthemoney.com/profile/69/1216
  38. ^ a b http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/exclusive-peer-who-bankrolls-tories-341762
  39. ^ https://www.duedil.com/company/00709846/impellam-ventures-limited
  40. ^ "The blue Baron: how the Tories rely on Ashcroft". The Independent (London). 31 October 2009. 
  41. ^ "REGISTER OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS (prepared pursuant to Resolution of the House of 27 March 2008)". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  42. ^ "Tory MPs' use of staff budgets to pay for PR advice 'against rules'". Times Newspapers. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  43. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cops-probe-tory-mp-over-3180919# "Cops probe Tory MP Peter Bone over alleged £100,000 benefit fraud" Daily Mirror, 25 February 2014
  44. ^ Hope, Christopher (18 June 2009). "MPs' expenses: more than 30 MPs charged the taxpayer £4,800 annually for food". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  45. ^ a b "Peter Bone Conservative MP for Wellingborough". theyworkforyou.com. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  46. ^ "Review of past ACA payments" (PDF). House of Commons Members Estimate Committee. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Stinchcombe
Member of Parliament for Wellingborough
2005–present
Incumbent