Jack Brereton

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Jack Brereton

Official portrait of Jack Brereton MP crop 2.jpg
Official parliamentary portrait 2017
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent South
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byRob Flello
Majority11,271 (28.5%)
Personal details
Born
Jack Edgar Brereton

(1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 29)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Laura Brereton (m. 2016)
Alma materKeele University
University College London

Jack Edgar Brereton (born 13 May 1991)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Stoke-on-Trent South constituency[2] since the 2017 general election and a former councillor of 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] He attended Keele University, graduating with a degree in Politics and International Relations in 2012,[5] he further studied at University College London.[6]

Career[edit]

Brereton first stood for a seat at the age of 18 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 continued with his role on the city council until June 2019 when he did not stand for re-election [15]

European Union[edit]

Brereton is a supporter of Brexit, saying he is "optimistic about our future in leaving the EU".[16][17] In February 2019 he labelled the behaviour of European Union officials as "threatening and aggressive".[17] He voted against extending negotiations with the EU in March 2019, claiming that it was "disrespecting" his constituents.[18] He was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Exiting the European Union between September 2019 and 31 January 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Brereton lives with his wife and son in Stoke-on-Trent, and in London.[19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11785.
  2. ^ "Jack Brereton MP". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Brereton, Jack Edgar". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ "About Jack Brereton". Jack Brereton MP. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment". Keele University. Retrieved 13 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Speaker-Jack Brereton". 29 April 2016. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Election Results". Stoke City Council. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Jack Brereton launches five point plan to help build a brighter future for Stoke residents". Personal website. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ "General Notice of Registerable Interests: Councillor Jack Brereton". Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Tory leaflets "falsely claim" Labour MPs in Stoke voted against Brexit". New Statesman. 17 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ "There's a problem with this Tory election poster... Wait till you see it". Independent. 20 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ "COMMENT: Theresa May risks grassroots revolt over Tory candidate selection in West Midlands". Express and Star. 5 May 2017. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Election results 2017: Tories gain Stoke-on-Trent South seat after 82 years". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2018. 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.[dead link]
  15. ^ "Councillor Profile". Stoke City Council. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  16. ^ "How will the Staffordshire MPs vote on the Brexit deal?". 7 December 2018. Archived from the original on 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Stoke Tory MP Jack Brereton blasts EU as 'threatening and aggressive' as Brexit looms". 8 February 2019. Archived from the original on 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  18. ^ Corrigan, Phil (14 March 2019). "Parliament votes to delay Brexit – and here is how your MP voted". stokesentinel. Archived from the original on 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  19. ^ "About Jack". Personal website. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Councillor Profile". Stoke City Council. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  21. ^ "IPSA record". IPSA. Archived from the original on 6 April 2018. 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