James Cleverly

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James Cleverly
James Cleverly casual.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Braintree
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Brooks Newmark
Majority 17,610
Member of the London Assembly
for Bexley and Bromley
Assumed office
4 May 2008
Preceded by Bob Neill
Majority 47,768
Leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group
In office
Preceded by Roger Evans
Succeeded by Andrew Boff
Personal details
Born James Spencer Cleverly
4 September 1969
Lewisham, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Susannah Janet Temple Cleverly (née Sparks)
Alma mater University of West London

James Spencer Cleverly (born 4 September 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician. He currently serves as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Braintree,[1] and as the member of the London Assembly for Bexley and Bromley. He was first elected to the assembly in May 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.[2] He won his seat in parliament at the 2015 general election.


James Cleverly was born in Lewisham Hospital, to a British father and mother from Sierra Leone. He attended Riverston School and Colfe's School, both in Lee, South East London and after a short time in the Army gained a degree at Thames Valley University (now known as the University of West London).[citation needed]

Before being elected he worked in the magazine and web publishing industry and is the author of a blog. He is a Major in the Territorial Army and has been awarded the Territorial Decoration for long service.[3]


Cleverly had previously stood unsuccessfully in a number of elections for the London Borough of Lewisham; including the borough council elections of 2002, a borough council by-election in 2003, for the Lewisham East seat for the UK Parliament in the 2005 general election and as the Conservative candidate for the directly elected mayor of Lewisham in 2006. In March 2007, he was selected as the candidate for the Bexley and Bromley constituency of the London Assembly in a very tightly fought selection contest. The London Assembly election was held on 1 May with the count and declaration on the 2 May, where he received 105,162 votes (52.6% of the vote) and a majority of 75,237.[citation needed]

In November 2010, Cleverly was re-selected to be the Conservative candidate for Bexley and Bromley in the 2012 GLA elections, going on to win the seat with 88,482 votes (once again 52.6% of the votes) and a majority of 47,768.[4]

In January 2015, Cleverly was selected to be the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Braintree in the upcoming general election on 7 May.[5] He was elected on 8 May 2015.[6]


In January 2009, Cleverly was appointed as the Mayor of London's Youth Ambassador, a newly created role which was seen as being a replacement post for the Deputy Mayor for Young People, a post left vacant after the resignation of Ray Lewis. The creation of the role caused some controversy as it was not filled by a mayoral appointment but by a member of the assembly whose formal role is to scrutinise the Mayor. The decision was defended because of the precedent set by the appointment of Kit Malthouse as Deputy Mayor for Policing.[7]

In February 2010, Cleverly was appointed as the Chairman of the London Waste and Recycling Board, replacing Boris Johnson who had stood down.[8] After the defeat of Brian Coleman at the 2012 London elections he was appointed to the Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA).[9]

In August 2010, Cleverly posted a tweet in which he called Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes "a dick".[10] He later apologised.[11]


  1. ^ "Election as MP". eadt.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "James Cleverly". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "James Cleverly AM". Old Bexley & Sidcup Conservatives. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Conservative James Cleverly retains Bexley & Bromley seat". Old Bexley & Sidcup Conservatives. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cleverly selected as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Braintree". Braintree and Witham Times. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Election as MP". eadt.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "London's youth ambassador James Cleverly". The Guardian. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "James Cleverly". London Waste and Recycling Board. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "James Cleverly". London Fire Brigade. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tory in 'abusive' Twitter insult to MP Simon Hughes". BBC. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Boris aide apologises for abusing Lib-Dem Simon Hughes". Evening Standard. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brooks Newmark
Member of Parliament for Braintree
2015 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Neill
London Assembly Member Bexley and Bromley
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Brian Coleman
Chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
Succeeded by