Graham Stuart (politician)

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Graham Stuart

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Official parliamentary portrait 2017
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for International Trade
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byMark Garnier
Assistant Government Whip
In office
18 July 2016 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Chairman of the Education Select Committee
In office
9 June 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byBarry Sheerman
Succeeded byNeil Carmichael
Member of Parliament
for Beverley and Holderness
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byJames Cran
Majority14,042 (25.3%)
Personal details
Graham Charles Stuart

(1962-03-12) 12 March 1962 (age 57)
Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Anne Crawshaw
ChildrenTwo daughters
Alma materSelwyn College, Cambridge

Graham Charles Stuart[1] (born 12 March 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness since 2005, and currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade.


Graham Stuart was born in Carlisle, Cumberland, and studied at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perthshire, followed by Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1982 to 1985, where he read Philosophy and Law[2] but failed his degree, after focusing his efforts on developing his "What's on in Cambridge" guide into a profitable business and remains non-executive chairman of the company.[3]

He was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association during Easter 1985.[4]

Early political career in Cambridge[edit]

He was elected as a member of Cambridge City Council for the Cherry Hinton Ward in the 1998 local elections.[5] He contested the Cambridge constituency as the Conservative Party candidate at the 2001 general election, coming in third place with 9,829 votes, 23% of the share.[6] He was re-elected to Cambridge City Council in the 2002 local elections and served until 2004.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Stuart was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Beverley and Holderness in the 2005 general election with a majority of 2,580.[7] Following his election, he said "I plan to be upfront and have a high profile, not only within the constituency but nationally".[8] He sat as a member of two select committees; the Environmental Audit Select Committee and the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee.[9] He was elected a member of the Conservative Party Board by his fellow MPs in 2006.[2] He was elected as chair of the Education Select Committee in June 2010.[10]

In 2005, he founded Beverley and Holderness Pensioners Action Group, Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together (CHANT), a cross-party campaign group and Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator (HOTI Group).[2] He is vice-chairman of the GLOBE UK branch of Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment.[11] Following the Parliamentary expenses scandal, Stuart defended his expenses in June 2009, which included spending £426 on bed linen and towels.[12]

His successful campaigns in the 2005–10 Parliament included the defeat of legislation on home education and saving the Beverley Pasture Masters. In the following parliament, he was involved in the successful campaign for lower Humber Bridge tolls, and successfully persuaded the government to improve the A164 and construct the Beverley Bypass. In 2012, he defeated a proposed increase in VAT on static caravans, which are largely manufactured in the East Riding of Yorkshire.[13]

In an interview with the journalist Peter Wilby for The Guardian, Stuart described himself as socially liberal, a "deficit hawk" who favours faster cuts to public spending, and an end to welfare dependency.[3]

Chair of Education Schools and Families Select Committee[edit]

In June 2010, Stuart was elected by MPs as Chair of the Education Select Committee.[14] Despite being a Conservative MP, Stuart frequently disagreed with the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove.[3] His Committee produces up to six reports a year ranging from single evidence inquiries[15] to more detailed examinations into Education, Schools and Family policy.[16]

Support for EU membership[edit]

On 27 February 2016, Stuart announced his support for Britain continuing to be a member of the European Union: "There has been a whole diet of negative media coverage about the EU but not a great deal recognising the benefits."[17]

Support for fox hunting[edit]

Stuart supports repealing the 2004 Hunting Act to bring back fox hunting "I've always said I would vote to reverse the ban".[18]

Personal life[edit]

Stuart lives in Swanland with his wife, Anne, and their black labrador called Steve.[19] He enjoys walking, cycling, eating out and is a keen gardener.[19] Stuart has an extensive collection of Eagle comics, covering over 900 editions of the comic.[20]


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Candidates". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Stuart, Graham". Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Wilby, Peter. "Graham Stuart: 'You can't drive education like a sports car'". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "History". Cambridge University Conservative Association. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Cambridge City Council Elections - Cherry Hinton Ward". Cambridge City Election Results since 1945. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Cambridge". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Beverley and Holderness". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Davis sees off Lib Dem challenge". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Voting Record — Graham Stuart MP, Beverley & Holderness (11406)". The Public Whip. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Graham Stuart MP named Chair of Children, Schools and Families Select Committee". National Literacy Trust. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Composition of GLOBE International Board". Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  12. ^ "MP defends expenses claims". Hull Daily Mail. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Graham Stuart MP for Beverley and Holderness - Graham Stuart leads debate opposing caravan tax". Graham Stuart. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Education Committee". UK Parliament. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Education Committee - inquiries". UK Parliament. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Education Committee - inquiries". UK Parliament. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  17. ^ Duffill, Ray, ed. (27 February 2016). "Graham Stuart MP is for staying in the EU". HU12 Online. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Festive hunt attracts hundreds to Westwood, despite icy conditions (VIDEO)". Hull Daily Mail. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  19. ^ a b The Journal magazine, March 2015
  20. ^ The Journal magazine, October 2008

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Cran
Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness