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 9,838 (20.0%)
Personal details
Born (1969-08-23) 23 August 1969 (age 46)[1]
Southmead, Bristol, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Lopresti (separated)
Children 3
Website www.jacklopresti.com

Giacomo Lopresti[2] (born 23 August 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician. 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][7] and is the son-in-law of Lord Cope of Berkeley who was the Member of Parliament for Northavon from 1983-1997 and Paymaster General in John Major's government.[8]

In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.[9] He also served on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee[10]

Lopresti is a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[11] and has attended delegations of that group [12] including during the Operation Defensive Shield conflict when he visited for an Israeli military briefing on the Iron Dome air defence system.[13]

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.[14]

In the 2015 UK general election, he retained his seat with an increased majority of almost 10,000.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Lopresti is separated from Lucy, the daughter of Lord Cope of Berkeley. They have three children. In 2015 Lopresti started a relationship with fellow MP Andrea Jenkyns.[8]

Lopresti has openly been a Freemason since about 2003.[16][17]

Lopresti was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013. He has received treatment at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U251250/
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8745. 13 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Filton and Bradley Stoke result". politics.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010. .
  4. ^ "Biography". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jack Lopresti, Biography". politics.co.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Marie Woolf (27 May 2006). "Cameron woos 'political virgins'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  7. ^ http://conservativehome.blogs.com/goldlist/2009/04/the-18-of-the-original-100-alisters-selected-for-conservative-seats-.html
  8. ^ a b Ben Riley-Smith (21 December 2015). "Tory MPs admit to relationship after photo shows them canoodling at train station". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". parliament.uk. Retrieved 20 Sep 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jack Lopresti". Parliament UK. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "CFI delegation attends UK Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group launch in Knesset". Conservative Friends of Israel. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www2.cfoi.co.uk/Delegations/RecentDelegations/
  13. ^ Rowena Mason (30 July 2014). "Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Barrett, Matthew. "The 24 Conservative MPs who are still on the backbenches and have never rebelled". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "FILTON & BRADLEY STOKE". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Tony Gosling (23 January 2014). "Freemasonry: 'The firm within the firm'". RT. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  17. ^ Tony Gosling (3 April 2012). Jack Lopresti MP on the Bristol Freemasons. Drive Time. Bristol Community FM. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti has cancer". 6 June 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

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