Jack Brereton

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Jack Brereton
MP
Official portrait of Jack Brereton crop 2.jpg
Official parliamentary portrait 2017
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent South
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded by Rob Flello
Majority 663 (1.6%)
Personal details
Born Jack Edgar Brereton
(1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 27)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Laura Brereton (m. 2016)
Alma mater Keele University
University College London

Jack Edgar Brereton[1] is a Conservative Party MP for Stoke-on-Trent South[2] and a councillor on Stoke-on-Trent City Council.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Brereton was born in Stoke-on-Trent on 13 May 1991 and grew up in the area.[4] The schools he attended are not known. He graduated from Keele University with a degree in Politics and International Relations in 2012,[5] and further studied at University College London.[6]

Career[edit]

Aged just 18, Brereton first stood for a seat on Stoke on Trent City Council on 6 May 2010, where he was defeated in the East Valley ward by the Labour candidate Matt Wilcox. One year later, Brereton stood again for the City Council and successfully retained the Baddeley, Milton and Norton ward for the Conservative Party.[7] Following the local election in May 2015, in which he was re-elected as a councillor, he became cabinet member for Regeneration, Heritage and Transport on the City Council as part of a Conservative/Independents ruling coalition.[8] He combined his councillor duties with attending university and, subsequently, with employment as a Parliamentary Assistant to Conservative MP for Staffordshire Moorlands Karen Bradley.[9]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Brereton unsuccessfully contested Stoke-on-Trent Central in a by-election on 23 February 2017, finishing third. He attracted some negative publicity for a mailshot his campaign released which made false claims about the voting record of the two local Labour MPs, and for a poster that misspelled Brexit.[10] [11] After the Government announced that there would be a General Election taking place in June 2017, the Conservative Campaign Headquarters told the local Conservative Association to choose Brereton from a list of one, after he was promoted by his boss, the Cabinet Minister Karen Bradley. This was at the expense of Joe Rich, who had added four per cent to the Conservative Party vote share when he stood in the constituency in 2015 and had hoped to stand again.[12] Brereton went on to defeat the sitting Labour MP Rob Flello and take the seat on 9 June 2017, making him the first Conservative to win in the constituency in over 80 years.[13] Aged 26, he was the youngest Conservative MP in the 2017 intake.[14]

Following his election as MP for Stoke South, Brereton has continued in his role as a local councillor and currently sits on seven council committees.[15] As of 6 April 2018, in Parliament, the number of votes he has attended, the number of debates he has spoken in and the number of answers he has received to written questions are all below average amongst MPs.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Brereton lives with his wife and son in Milton, Stoke on Trent, and in London.[17] [18] [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11785.
  2. ^ "Jack Brereton MP". UK Parliament.
  3. ^ Brereton, Jack Edgar. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. closed access publication – behind paywall
  4. ^ "About Jack Brereton". Jack Brereton MP.
  5. ^ "Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment". Keele University. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Speaker-Jack Brereton". 29 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Election Results". Stoke City Council. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Jack Brereton launches five point plan to help build a brighter future for Stoke residents". Personal website. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ "General Notice of Registerable Interests: Councillor Jack Brereton". Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Tory leaflets "falsely claim" Labour MPs in Stoke voted against Brexit". New Statesman. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ "There's a problem with this Tory election poster... Wait till you see it". Independent. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ "COMMENT: Theresa May risks grassroots revolt over Tory candidate selection in West Midlands". Express and Star. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Election results 2017: Tories gain Stoke-on-Trent South seat after 82 years". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ Phil Corrigan (26 January 2017). "City councillor Jack Brereton bids to be youngest Conservative MP". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Councillor Profile". Stoke City Council. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  16. ^ "They Work for You". They work for you. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  17. ^ "About Jack". Personal website. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Councillor Profile". Stoke City Council. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  19. ^ "IPSA record". IPSA. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rob Flello
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent South

2017–present
Incumbent