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|The Right Honourable
|Deputy Leader of the House of Commons|
4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||David Heath|
|Member of Parliament
for Carshalton and Wallington
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Nigel Forman|
6 May 1962 |
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Alma mater||Imperial College London|
Brake was born in Melton Mowbray, moving to France when he was eight. He was educated at the Lycée International School in Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris, and Imperial College London, where he obtained a BSc in Physics in 1983. He was a computer software consultant with Hoskyns (Capgemini) from 1983 until his election to Westminster. He was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney in 1988, leaving the council in 1990.
In 1994 Brake was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Sutton and sat on the council until 1998. In what proved to be a close contest, Brake was elected at the 1997 general election as the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, beating Nigel Forman with a majority of 2,267, and has remained the MP since. He made his maiden speech on 10 June 1997. Nigel Forman retired after the 1997 election and was replaced by a new candidate in the shape of Ken Andrew, whom Brake defeated in 2001, 2005 and again in 2010 with an increased majority.
After the 1997 election, party leader Paddy Ashdown placed Brake on the frontbench as a spokesman on the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Following the 2001 General Election, then party leader Charles Kennedy appointed him a spokesman on Transport, Local Government and the Regions. In 2002 he became a Transport spokesman. He joined the Liberal Democrat Frontbench Team in 2003 as the lead International Development spokesman. After the 2005 General Election he became the Transport spokesman. He was relieved of this position under the new leadership of Sir Menzies Campbell in March 2006, and he later that year became spokesperson for local government. In February 2007, he was also appointed as the party’s frontbench spokesperson for London and the Olympics. In 2008 he was also appointed as a Home Affairs Shadow Minister.
Before he was appointed Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Brake was the Secretary of the All-Party Group for World Government, Treasurer of the All-Party Human Rights group, a member of the Franco British Parliamentary Relations group.
In June 2010 Brake was named Co-Chair of the new Liberal Democrat Backbench Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities. Brake will Co-Chair the committee alongside Baroness Hamwee and Lord Thomas of Gresford OBE QC.
In September 2010 Brake attempted to introduce a bill to "to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to remove provisions permitting Ministers to overrule decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal; to limit the time allowed for public authorities to respond to requests involving consideration of the public interest; to amend the definition of public authorities; and for connected purposes."
On 11 June 2011, it was announced Brake would be appointed a Privy Counsellor in the Queen's 2011 Birthday Honours list. On 13 July 2011, Brake was officially appointed and made the affirmation of office.
On the 4th of September 2012 he was appointed Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, replacing Liberal Democrat David Heath MP who was promoted to Minister of State in DEFRA.
Brake spent ten years living in France during his childhood and speaks fluent French, with some Portuguese and Russian. He married Candida Goulden in 1998, and they have two children. He keeps fit by running and cycling. Brake also runs an annual Christmas card competition in his local area for primary school children.
- Tom Brake MP official site
- Profile at the Liberal Democrats
- 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
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- Profile: Tom Brake at BBC News, 8 March 2005
- Contributor page at The Guardian
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington