Christopher de Souza

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Christopher de Souza
Christopher de souza 1 (cropped).jpg
de Souza in 2015
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
Assumed office
31 August 2020
Serving with Jessica Tan
SpeakerTan Chuan-Jin
Preceded byCharles Chong
Lim Biow Chuan
Member of Parliament
for Holland–Bukit Timah GRC
(Ulu Pandan)
Assumed office
6 May 2006
Preceded byVivian Balakrishnan (PAP)
Majority34,991 (32.72%)
Personal details
Born1976[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Alma materKing's College London (LLB)
University of Oxford (BCL)
Occupation
  • Politician
  • lawyer

Christopher de Souza (born 1976)[2][1] is a Singaporean politician and lawyer who has been serving as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore since 2020. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Ulu Pandan division of Holland–Bukit Timah GRC since 2006.

A lawyer by profession, de Souza has been working at Lee & Lee since 2006[3][4] and had also worked at WongPartnership between 2011 and 2014.

Prior to entering politics in the 2006 general election, he had worked in the Singapore Legal Service.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

De Souza was educated at St. Michael's Primary School, St. Joseph's Institution and Raffles Junior College before graduating from King's College London in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours degree.

He subsequently went on to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law with distinction degree at the University of Oxford in 2001 under a scholarship.[5]

De Souza served his National Service as a commissioned officer in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and received a Sword of Honour after completing his training at the Officer Cadet School in 1997.[6][7] He had also represented Singapore in hockey at various tournaments until 2005.[7][5]

De Souza started his career in the Singapore Legal Service in 2002 as a Justice's Law Clerk to Chief Justice Yong Pung How. He served as Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel at the Attorney-General's Chambers between 2004 and 2005 before becoming a Magistrate at the Subordinate Courts and Assistant Registrar at the High Court between 2005 and 2006.[8][5]

Political career[edit]

De Souza made his political debut in the 2006 general election when he joined a five-member People's Action Party (PAP) team contesting in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC. The PAP team won by an uncontested walkover and de Souza thus became a Member of Parliament representing the Ulu Pandan ward of Holland–Bukit Timah GRC.[1]

During the 2011 general election, de Souza joined the four-member PAP team contesting in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC. After they won with 60.08% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party, de Souza continued serving as the Member of Parliament representing the Ulu Pandan ward of Holland–Bukit Timah GRC.[9][8] He retained his parliamentary seats in the subsequent general elections in 2015 and 2020 after the PAP team in Holland–Bukit Timah GRC won with 66.60% and 66.36% of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party in those two general elections.[1]

De Souza has served on various Government Parliamentary Committees (GPCs) since 2006, and has been the Deputy Chairman for the GPC on Manpower from 2011 to 2015, and Chairman for the GPC on Home Affairs and Law since 2015.[1] In 2009, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.[10] On 31 August 2020, de Souza and Jessica Tan were elected as Deputy Speakers of Parliament.[1]

Private legal practice[edit]

De Souza joined Lee & Lee in 2006 as a Senior Associate before he became a Partner in 2008. In 2011, he left Lee & Lee and joined WongPartnership as a Partner. In 2015, he left WongPartnership and returned to Lee & Lee as a Partner.[5]

Personal life[edit]

De Souza is a Catholic.[11] He and his wife Sharon have four children.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "MP | Parliament of Singapore".
  2. ^ "Singapore Parliamentary General Election 2006 > Holland-Bukit Timah GRC". Archived from the original on 2019-03-04. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  3. ^ Christopher de Souza Parliament of Singapore Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ Lee & Lee - Partners - Christopher de Souza Archived 2016-05-30 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 22 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Member's CV" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Member's CV" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-07-09.
  7. ^ a b Lee & Lee - Partners - Christopher de Souza Archived 2015-01-05 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b People's Action Party - MP-Elect Profile - Christopher de Souza Archived 2011-05-04 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 16 September 2011.
  9. ^ Final tally of votes cast for GE2011 released Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine, Fann Sim, SingaporeScene, Yahoo! News Singapore, 12 May 2011, accessed on 16 September 2011.
  10. ^ World Economic Forum - Christopher De Souza Archived 2011-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 16 September 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Catholic MP talks about his faith and family values".

External links[edit]

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded byas MP for Holland–Bukit Panjang GRC (Ulu Pandan) Member of Parliament for
Holland–Bukit Timah GRC (Ulu Pandan)

2006 – present
Incumbent