Richard Graham (politician)
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Parmjit Dhanda|
|Born||4 April 1958|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
Richard Graham (born 4 April 1958) is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gloucester, in one of the largest swings in the General election (8.9%).
Life and early career
Graham was previously an airline manager, a diplomat and a pensions manager. He started with John Swire and Sons and became General Manager of Cathay Pacific Airways in France at 24 and in the Philippines at 26, concurrently Vice Chairman of the Board of Airline Representatives. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986, and was Second, later First, Secretary, in the British High Commission Nairobi and then British Trade Commissioner China, First Secretary British Embassy Beijing and HM Consul Macao (1989-1992). Graham joined Barings plc as its Chief Representative China in 1993, and became a director of Baring Asset Management in 1996.
Graham has lived and worked in ten countries speaks eight languages, and is the only parliamentarian who speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. He chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Pensions, Regeneration Through Innovation, the Commonwealth, Indonesia, and China.
In November 2012 Graham was appointed Trade Envoy to Indonesia and is Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He served as PPS to Rt Hon Lord Howell from November 2010 to September 2012. He was a member of the Select Committee for Work and Pensions May–November 2010. He was elected Cotswold district councillor in 2003, becoming Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in 2006. Graham is a former director of Care for Children and a current trustee of the Gloucestershire Community Foundation.
Graham is married with three children.
In June 2010, a parliamentary debate regarding apprenticeships and their importance to Gloucester, called by Graham himself, had to be cancelled after he turned up late. Graham later blamed a 'printer error'.
- "Richard Graham MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Election 2010: Gloucester". thisisgloucestershire.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
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