Gary Streeter

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Sir Gary Streeter

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Shadow Secretary of State
for International Development
In office
1 June 1998 – 18 September 2001
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byAlastair Goodlad
Succeeded byCaroline Spelman
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Lord Chancellor's Department
In office
2 June 1996 – 1 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byJonathan Evans
Succeeded byGeoff Hoon
Member of Parliament
for South West Devon
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byConstituency established
Majority15,816 (39.9%)[1]
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton
In office
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byAlan Clark
Succeeded byLinda Gilroy
Personal details
Born (1955-10-02) 2 October 1955 (age 63)
Gosport, Hampshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Janet Stevens (1978–present)
Alma materKing's College London

Sir Gary Nicholas Streeter (born 2 October 1955 in Gosport) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Since 1997 he has been Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Devon, having previously been the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton between 1992 and 1997. He was re-elected as MP in 2017.[2]

Early life[edit]

Streeter attended Tiverton Grammar School, Tiverton, Devon, where he was Head Boy from 1972 to 1973, then King's College London, where he gained a first class honours Law degree. From 1984–98, he was a solicitor and partner at Foot and Bowden (now called Foot Anstey) in Plymouth, where he specialised in company and employment law. He was a councillor, initially for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Plymouth City Council from 1986–92.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Streeter served as a junior minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department under John Major from 1996 until the defeat of the Major Government in 1997, and was Shadow Secretary of State for International Development in the Shadow Cabinet of William Hague[3] from 1998 until the new Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith returned him to the backbenches in 2001.

He is currently a member of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission and is the member of the committee responsible for answering oral questions in Parliament on behalf of the Electoral Commission. He assumed the role after Sir Peter Viggers stepped down during the MPs' expenses scandal. His own expenses for 2008/09 were £162,719, ranking 158th out of 647 MPs.

In March 2012, Streeter was one of three MPs who signed a letter to the Advertising Standards Authority asking it to reverse its decision to stop the Christian group "Healing on the Streets of Bath" from making explicit claims that prayer can heal. The letter called for the ASA to provide "indisputable scientific evidence" that faith healing did not work. Another signer, Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats later wrote that the letter was not "well-worded" and that he should not have signed it "as it was written".[4]

In 2013, Streeter referred to the "familiar glint in the swivelled eyes of the purists" within his own party in an article attacking the divisions caused by those activists who were calling for a referendum on EU membership.[5] The remark followed allegations that senior members of the government had characterised Eurosceptic activists as "swivel-eyed loons". Streeter argued that the result of party infighting over the issue would be "a Labour-led government bend[ing] the knee to Brussels".[5]

Streeter was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[6] In November 2018, Steeter announced his support for Theresa May's Brexit agreement.[7]

In December 2018, it was announced that Steeter would receive a knighthood in the 2019 New Year Honours List. Steeter told the Press Association that he hoped his honour reflected, in part, his work over the past decade as chairman of the all-party group on Christians in Parliament and supporting new MPs once they had arrived at Westminster.[8]

Streeter was a supporter of Esther McVey during the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election and one of the proposers of her nomination. MvCey was eliminated in the first round of voting. He subsequently endorsed the candidacy of Sajid Javid.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Streeter married Janet Stevens in 1978 in Barnstaple; the couple have a son and daughter, and the family live near Plympton in Devon. He is a committed Christian who believes in faith healing.[10]

In the 2015 general election, his son Gareth Streeter stood as the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Rother Valley in South Yorkshire.[citation needed] He came in third place behind the incumbent MP Sir Kevin Barron and runner up Cllr Allen Cowles of UKIP.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "South West Devon results 2015". BBC News Online. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Devon South West parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ Hamilton, Chris (20 March 2001). "Gary Streeter: Development spokesman". BBC News Online. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Tim Farron: 'Prayer can heal' letter was a mistake". Huffington Post UK. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b Wright, Oliver (21 May 2013). "Jeremy Paxman reveals he has heard senior Tories calling activists 'swivel-eyed loons'". The Independent. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  7. ^ Premier (15 November 2018). "Christian MPs react to Theresa May's Brexit plans". Premier. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Redwood knighted for service to politics". BBC News. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Tory leadership latest news: Rivals face MPs for final hustings ahead of second round of votes". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  10. ^ Robbins, Martin (26 March 2012). "Hapless MPs defend faith healers". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2012.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Clark
Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton

Succeeded by
Linda Gilroy
New constituency Member of Parliament
for South West Devon

Political offices
Preceded by
Alastair Goodlad
Shadow Secretary of State
for International Development

Succeeded by
Caroline Spelman