Graham Evans

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Graham Evans
Member of Parliament
for Weaver Vale
In office
6 May 2010 – 3 May 2017
Preceded by Mike Hall
Succeeded by Mike Amesbury
Personal details
Born (1963-11-10) 10 November 1963 (age 54)[1]
Poynton, Cheshire, England[2]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Cheryl Evans[3]
Children 3
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University
Website www.grahamevans.org.uk

Graham Thomas Evans[4] (born 10 November 1963) is a former British Conservative Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Weaver Vale in Cheshire from 2010 until 2017.

Early life and Career[edit]

Evans was born on a council house estate in Poynton, Cheshire. After attending Poynton High School, then a comprehensive school, he left with few qualifications.[5] He worked as a shelf stacker at a local supermarket. Graham went on to study at night school, and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a Business Degree and Diploma in Marketing Management. He then completed an MA from Kings College London. He had a successful twenty year business career in manufacturing, working for companies such as BAE Systems and Hewlett Packard.[5] He spent four years as a Special Constable in the Cheshire Constabulary.[5]

Political career[edit]

Evans served ten years as a local councillor at Macclesfield Borough Council, until the council's abolition in 2009.[6] He served on the Community Development Committee and was part of a team of councillors that took the council's Audit Commission rating from "poor" in 2000 to "good" in four years.

Evans unsuccessfully contested the 2005 general election for the Worsley constituency.[7] In July 2007, he was selected by an open primary as the Conservative candidate for Weaver Vale. He was elected at the 2010 general election with an 8.1% swing - the highest swing in the country. Graham was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Weaver Vale in 2015, pledging to work hard for all constituents and put them before everything else in politics.[citation needed]

Evans sat on the Work and Pensions Select Committee (elected November 2012)[8]

He sat on the influential 1922 Executive Committee between Autumn 2012 and January 2014 and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, in January 2014.

From July 2014 until he lost his seat, Evans served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

Evans lost his seat to Labour opponent Mike Amesbury in the snap general election held on 8 June 2017.

Political Scandal[edit]

In May 2016 Graham Evans was among a number of Conservative MPs who were under investigation for possible election fraud by police forces across Britain. Investigations began after evidence was uncovered by Channel 4 News.[9]

Parliamentary Debates[edit]

Evans led a Back Bench Business debate for Holocaust Memorial Day on 23 January 2013.,[10] introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill in April 2013 for a National Commonwealth Military Day,[11] and a Private Members' Bill in October 2013 about Drug Driving.[12]

All-Party Parliamentary Group Memberships[edit]

  • Beer Group - Chairman[13]
  • Running - Chairman[14] - Encouraging a record 16 Members of Parliament to run the London Marathon
  • Chemical Industry Group - Chairman (re-elected May 2013)[15]
  • Energy Intensive Industries Group- Co-Chair (elected February 2014)[16]
  • Armed Forces Group - Co-Secretary (elected June 2013) and member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Group
  • Emergency Services Group,
  • Young Disabled People Group
  • Justice for Equitable Life Policy Holders Group
  • Interest Rate Swap Mis-Selling Group

Graham ran a campaign to reinstate the Halton Curve railway line to connect the villages of Helsby and Frodsham to Halton and Liverpool.[17]

Graham was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Evans is married to Cheryl, and the couple have three children: George, Tom and Sophie.[5] He has an interest in British social, economic and political history. He enjoys military history, and has a good size library on the subject of the First World War. Evans is a keen sportsman, regularly playing cricket, football and rugby on the Parliamentary teams. He is also a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon six consecutive times raising thousands for charity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Graham Evans". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "EVANS, Graham : Who's Who". Ukwhoswho.com. 10 November 1963. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "House of Commons – The Register of Members' Financial Interests – Part 2: Part 2". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8740. 
  5. ^ a b c d "About Graham". Graham Evans. 
  6. ^ "Introduction to Graham Evans Political biography". Cllr Graham Evans website. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Graham Evans, Member of Parliament for Weaver Vale". Conservative Party website. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee – UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tory Election expenses scandal". prettybluefox. 
  10. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 24 Jan 2013 (pt 0003)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 12 Mar 2013 (pt 0001)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Drug Driving Private Members' Bill". Graham Evans. 
  13. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 2 May 2017: Beer". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Contents". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  15. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 30 March 2015: Chemical Industry". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 30 March 2015: Energy Intensive Industries". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Halton Curve: Connecting Weaver Vale". Graham Evans. 
  18. ^ 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. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Hall
Member of Parliament for Weaver Vale
20102017
Succeeded by
Mike Amesbury