Jack Lopresti

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Jack Lopresti
MP
Member of Parliament
for Filton and Bradley Stoke
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 6,914 (14.3%)
Personal details
Born (1969-08-23) 23 August 1969 (age 46)[1]
Southmead, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Lopresti
Website Official website

Giacomo Lopresti[2] (23 August 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician, and a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel group. In the 2010 general election he was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Filton and Bradley Stoke, a constituency newly created by changes made by the Boundary Commission for England.[3]

Early career[edit]

On leaving school, Lopresti worked in his family ice cream business for over ten years. After 1997, he worked as an estate agent and mortgage broker before working for the Conservative Party as a Regional Development Officer and in the Conservative Party Treasurer’s Department .

Military[edit]

He has also served in the Territorial Army in the 266 Battery, Royal Artillery as a gunner, serving with the 29 Commando for a year, which culminated in a 5-month tour in Afghanistan.[4] From 2011 to 2013, Lopresti served as a trooper in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, an army reserve cavalry unit. Prior to that, Lopresti was a gunner with 266 Commando Battery, which is based in Whiteladies Road. During that time, Lopresti served, as a mobilised reservist, with 29 Commando RA for a year and was deployed in Helmand Province, in Afghanistan, on Operation Herrick 9 for 5 months over Christmas and New Year 2008/9. Whilst in Afghanistan, Lopresti ran the Camp Bastion Half Marathon, for Help the Heroes, on New Years Day 2009.[5]

Politics[edit]

Lopresti previously represented the Stockwood Ward on Bristol City Council from 1999 to 2007. He also stood unsuccessfully for the Bristol East constituency in 2001, and for the South West at the European Parliament elections in 2004.

Lopresti was a member of the A-List.[6] and is the son-in-law of Lord Cope of Berkeley who was the Member of Parliament for Northavon from 1983-1997.

In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.[7] He also served on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee[8]

Lopresti has been part of a number of delegations of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[9] including during the Operation Defensive Shield conflict when he visited for an Israeli military briefing on the Iron Dome defence system.[10]

In 2012 Lopresti was named by Conservative Home as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbench MPs not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.[11]

Lopresti was treated for bowel cancer in 2013.[12]

|In the 2015 UK general election, he retained his seat with an increased majority of almost 7000.[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Filton and Bradley Stoke
2010–present
Incumbent