Ben Wallace (politician)

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Ben Wallace
MP
Ben Wallace MP face on detailed GE 15 Wyre and Preston North.jpg
Minister of State for Security
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by John Hayes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Northern Ireland Office
In office
12 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Andrew Murrison
Succeeded by Kris Hopkins
Government Whip
In office
15 July 2014 – 12 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Member of Parliament
for Wyre and Preston North
Lancaster and Wyre (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Hilton Dawson
Majority 14,151 (28.4%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Preceded by New Office
Succeeded by Nanette Milne
Personal details
Born (1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 46)
Farnborough, Kent, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Liza, née Cooke[1]
Children 3
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Occupation Politician
Profession Army Officer
Religion Anglican
Awards Mentioned in Despatches
Website www.benwallace.org.uk
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1991–1998
Rank Captain
Unit Scots Guards
Battles/wars The Troubles

Robert Ben Lobban Wallace (born 15 May 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North since the 2010 General Election, having been the MP for Lancaster and Wyre from 2005 to 2010.

Early life and career[edit]

Wallace was born at Farnborough, Kent moving to Somerset with his parents almost immediately when his father started work for Clarks Shoes. Wallace attended Millfield School studying politics under the late Clive Thomas who also taught Julian Smith MP and Margot James MP.[2] After school Wallace qualified as an Austrian ski instructor and taught in the village of Alpbach, Tyrol for two seasons. During that period his parents moved to Pennsylvania in the United States where they lived for 7 years.

Military career[edit]

At the age of 19 Wallace attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before being commissioned as a platoon commander into the Scots Guards. During his nine-year military service Ben Wallace served in Germany, Windsor, Cyprus, Central America and Northern Ireland. In 1992 he was mentioned in despatches.[citation needed] Ben Wallace's last post was as Company Commander of F Company Scots Guards.

In 2003 Ben Wallace joined British aerospace company, QinetiQ as their overseas business development director. During his employment he worked with a number of overseas Government security agencies.

Political career[edit]

Scottish Parliament[edit]

After leaving the Army, he became in 1999 a Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament as a list MSP for North East Scotland, before standing down in 2003. He was the Scottish Conservatives shadow Health spokesman during that time. From 2003 to 2005 he was overseas director of QinetiQ, the UK's part-privatised National Defence Laboratory.[2]

UK Parliament[edit]

Wallace took Lancaster and Wyre Constituency from Labour in 2005. The election result saw a 481-vote (0.92%) Labour majority swing to a 4171 vote (8.00%) Conservative majority. The overall swing was 4.50% from Labour to Conservative. This constituency was number nine on the 2005 Conservative 'target list'.[citation needed]

From 2005 to 2010 Wallace was a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.[3] From 2006 to 2010 Wallace was the Shadow Minister of State for Scotland. He was Chairman of the British–Iran Parliamentary Group from 2006 to 2014. The Rt Hon Jack Straw joined the APPG as co-chair in 2010.[citation needed]

On 13 November 2008, Wallace was elected Campaigner of the Year in the Spectator/Threadneedle Parliamentarian awards, for his work promoting transparency of MPs expenses.[citation needed] In conjunction with the Sunday Times in February 2008 Ben Wallace MP published all his expenses and receipts.

Following his re-election to Parliament, Wallace was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, and then Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, Ken Clarke MP.[citation needed]

On 4 September 2012, Wallace turned down a position as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury during the Cameron ministry reshuffle.[citation needed] to remain Clarke's PPS.[4] In July 2014 as Clarke returned to the back benches Wallace was again offered a job in Government as a whip. This time he accepted. In May 2015 he was again promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office.

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, he married Liza and they have three children. Wallace currently resides near Lancaster. He enjoys rugby, skiing and motorsport. He is currently a member of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Commons – The Register of Members' Financial Interests – Part 2: Part 2". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Ben Wallace: Electoral history and profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mr Ben Wallace MP – UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cameron: Man or mouse? Man – and butcher! The Tory Diary". Conservativehome.blogs.com. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hilton Dawson
Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Wyre
20052010
Constituency Abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wyre and Preston North
2010–present
Incumbent