John Bowis

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John Crocket Bowis OBE (born 2 August 1945 in Brighton, East Sussex) is a former Conservative MP and MEP.


John Bowis was educated at Tonbridge School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Political life[edit]

He was first elected at the 1987 general election as Member of Parliament for Battersea. From 1993 to 1996 he was a health minister and from 1996 to 1997 he was a transport minister, before losing his parliamentary seat at the 1997 general election.

At the 1999 European Parliament election Bowis was elected to represent the London region. He was re-elected in 2004, and stood down at the 2009 election.

He has been National Secretary of the Federation of Conservative Students and worked at the Institute of Psychiatry.

He is an active member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

He has served as president of Gay Conservatives, an LGBT group within the Conservative Party.[1]

He is the incumbent chairman of the Conservative Europe Group.[2]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alf Dubs
Member of Parliament for Battersea
Succeeded by
Martin Linton


President Health First Europe; Vice-President, European Health Forum Gastein; Chairman European Partnership for Alcohol Health Promotion; Health Advisory Board, GSK; Conservative Europe Group; Co-Chairman European Alliance for Personalised Medicine; President Battersea and Kingston & Surbiton Conservative Associations; Adviser to FIPRA, Instinctif and Hanover; Board Member: TBVI, Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Gamian Europe, European Men’s Health Forum, SANE, World Federation for Mental Health and Maastricht University European Health Faculty; Patron: Fund for Epilepsy; Apex Trust; Vice President: Diabetes UK; Ambassador: National Aids trust and Alzheimer’s Society.

John Bowis was born on 2 August 1945. He was educated at Tonbridge School and Brasenose College, Oxford (MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics). He is married with three children.

1999-2009 • Member of the European Parliament for London 1999-2009 • EPP/ED Group Coordinator/Spokesman on Environment, Health and Food Safety • Member of the Development Committee and Vice President of ACP JPA

He was Rapporteur for the Parliament on Food Safety; Health and Enlargement; Professional Qualifications; Health and Poverty in Development Policy; the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control; Patient Mobility; Mental Health; Neglected Diseases; and, finally, Cross Border health.

1997-1999 International Policy Adviser to the World Health Organisation on global campaigns: ‘Nations for Mental Health’ and ‘Out of the Shadows’ (epilepsy).

1987-1997 Member of UK Parliament for Battersea

1989-93: Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt.Hon.David Hunt at Environment and then the Welsh Office. 1993-96: Health & Social Services Minister at the Department of Health, responsible for social services, mental health, disability, children, the elderly and addiction. He represented the UK at meetings of the Council of Health Ministers. 1996-97: Minister for Transport in London and for Road Safety

Honours: OBE 1981 Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2003 Hon Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2009 First recipient of the European Public Health Alliance Award for Service to Public Health 2009