Danny Kruger

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Danny Kruger

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Kruger in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Devizes
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byClaire Perry
Majority23,993 (47.1%)
Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
23 July 2019 – 12 December 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byStephen Parkinson
Succeeded byBen Gascoigne
Personal details
Born
Daniel Rayne Kruger

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Westminster, London[1]
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Parents
EducationEton College
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Oxford

Daniel Rayne Kruger[2] MBE (born October 1974)[3] is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Devizes in Wiltshire since 2019.

The son of writer and property developer Rayne Kruger and restaurateur and television presenter Prue Leith, Kruger was educated at Eton College, subsequently studying history at the University of Edinburgh and University of Oxford. After university, he worked at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, and then became a policy adviser for the Conservative Party.

Kruger became David Cameron's chief speechwriter in 2006. He left this role two years later to work full-time at a youth crime prevention charity that he had co-founded called Only Connect. For his charitable work, Kruger received an MBE in 2017. In August 2019, he became Prime Minister Boris Johnson's political secretary.

Early life and career[edit]

Kruger was born in Westminster to South African parents, writer and property developer Rayne Kruger, and restaurateur and television presenter Prue Leith.[4][5] He was privately educated at Eton College.[6] Kruger studied history at the University of Edinburgh.[7] While at the university, he was the editor of the magazine Intercourse, which had a controversial issue featuring three naked students and an advertisement for a massage parlour.[6][8] He obtained a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford in 2000.[7]

After university, he became the director of research at the centre-right think tank Centre for Policy Studies in 2001.[9] Kruger worked as a policy adviser in the Conservative Party's Policy Unit from 2003 to 2005.[10] During this time, he was credited with contributing to then Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith's speech at the 2003 Conservative Party Conference.[11] In 2005, Kruger became the chief leader writer of The Daily Telegraph.[10]

Kruger was selected as the Conservative candidate for Sedgefield at the 2005 general election, challenging prime minister Tony Blair in the seat.[12][13] He was forced to drop out of the contest, however, after The Guardian quoted him stating that the party had planned "to introduce a period of creative destruction in the public services".[14][15] Kruger left his position at The Daily Telegraph to become the chief speechwriter to then Conservative Party leader David Cameron in 2006.[6] He wrote Cameron's 2006 address to the think-tank Centre for Social Justice, which was later dubbed the "hug-a-hoodie" speech, and was noted as a call to re-brand the party with compassionate conservatism at its core.[16][17]

He co-founded the London-based youth crime prevention charity Only Connect in 2006[18][19] and in 2008 left his position as Cameron's chief speechwriter to work full-time for the charity.[20] In 2015, the charity was acquired by Catch22 but continued to operate independently with its own brand.[21] He also founded the charity West London Zone, which aims to provide support to at-risk youth.[22] Kruger was made an MBE for services to charity in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours.[23] In the same year, he voiced his support for the legalisation of cannabis.[24]

Kruger supported Brexit in the 2016 UK EU membership referendum.[25] He was a senior fellow at the pro-Brexit think-tank Legatum Institute, which he left in 2018 to become an adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.[7][26] In August 2019, Kruger became the political secretary to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.[27]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Kruger was selected as the Conservative candidate for Devizes on 9 November 2019.[28] The constituency's incumbent Conservative MP, Claire Perry O'Neill, had previously announced that she would be standing down at the next election to become the president of the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and spend more time with her family;[29] she was later fired from that role by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 31 January 2020 for unspecified reasons.[30] Kruger was elected as MP for Devizes in the 2019 general election, with a majority of 23,993 (47.1%).[31] He made his maiden speech on 29 January 2020, in which he called for a return to Christian values.[32][33]

In May 2020 he tweeted extensively in support of the apparent breach of lockdown by Dominic Cummings and Mary Wakefield, describing them as "old friends".[34]

Kruger has shown a lack of concern for the guidelines required by the government to tackle coronavirus. In August 2020 he was photographed breaching the rules on the mandatory wearing of masks on public transport. He apologised and claimed that he “simply forgot”, but also criticised the photographer for not asking him to put on a mask.[35] He has also referred to his dislike for “absurd masks” in an interview with local media.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Kruger is married to Emma, a former teacher. They are both co-founders of the charity Only Connect.[37][38] He is an evangelical Christian.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007
  2. ^ "Members Sworn". parliament.uk. 18 December 2019. Archived from the original on 19 December 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
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  5. ^ "Rayne Kruger". The Daily Telegraph. 9 January 2003. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Cameron's inner circle". The Daily Telegraph. 1 October 2006. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Aspects of Conservatism: Danny Kruger – The Country We Want to Be". Blavatnik School of Government. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Focus: Reservoir toffs". The Sunday Times. 8 October 2006.(subscription required)
  9. ^ "Danny Kruger". Centre for London. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  10. ^ a b "What's Right Now: Conservative essays on the role of civil society , markets, and the state" (PDF). The Social Market Foundation. October 2005. p. 6. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Was this the week the Quiet Man lost the plot?". The Daily Telegraph. 12 October 2003. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
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  16. ^ Townsend, Mark (10 August 2013). "David Cameron's vision has been lost, says author of 'hug a hoodie' speech". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 4 January 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  17. ^ "David Cameron and hug-a-hoodie phrase history". BBC News. 6 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 November 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Our history". Only Connect. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  19. ^ Ricketts, Andy. "Charity founder Danny Kruger among the voluntary sector figures to have been elected to parliament". Third Sector. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  20. ^ Kruger, Danny (25 June 2008). "I wrote 'hug a hoodie' and I'm proud of it". The Spectator. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  21. ^ Ritchie, Matt (13 October 2015). "Catch22 acquires Only Connect". Charity Times. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  22. ^ Preston, Rob (1 August 2019). "DCMS civil society adviser moves to Number 10". Civil Society. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Members of the Order of the British Empire" (PDF). gov.uk. p. 95. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  24. ^ Kruger, Danny (11 March 2017). "Make drugs dull: legalising cannabis the Canadian way". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 11 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  25. ^ Kruger, Danny (3 February 2020). "Danny Kruger: 'Leaving the EU is about more than Global Britain. It is a response to the call of home.'". ConservativeHome. Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  26. ^ Weakley, Kirsty (20 March 2018). "DCMS appoints charity founder to work on civil society strategy". Civil Society. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  27. ^ Mason, Rowena (5 August 2019). "Boris Johnson ushers in radical new era of special advisers". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 January 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  28. ^ Pantall, Amy (9 November 2019). "Danny Kruger announced as new Devizes Conservative parliamentary candidate after Claire Perry steps down". Gazette & Herald. Archived from the original on 21 December 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  29. ^ Moore, Joanne (6 September 2019). "Devizes MP's reason for not standing at next election". Gazette and Herald. Archived from the original on 21 September 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  30. ^ Rayner, Gordon; Sheridan, Danielle (31 January 2020). "Claire Perry O'Neill sacked from role as president of COP26 UN Climate Change Conference". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
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  32. ^ "Policing and Crime". parliament.uk. 29 January 2020. Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  33. ^ "MP urges Britain to return to its Christian heritage". Christian Institute. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  34. ^ Paessler, Benjamin (26 May 2020). "John Glen, Danny Kruger respond to Dominic Cummings allegations". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 27 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. ^ "MP apologises after being pictured not wearing a mask during train journey". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  36. ^ https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/18712082.devizes-mp-reacts-new-coronavirus-measures/
  37. ^ "Our people". Only Connect. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  38. ^ "Aide who wrote Cameron's hug-a-hoodie speech is attacked... by a hoodie". London Evening Standard. 3 July 2008. Archived from the original on 21 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  39. ^ Aaronovitch, David (5 February 2020). "Tory fantasists want to turn back the clock". The Times. Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.(subscription required)

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Claire Perry O'Neill
Member of Parliament for Devizes
2019–present
Incumbent