|Kwarteng in 2014|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
re-elected 7 May 2015
|Preceded by||David Wilshire|
|Majority||14,152 in 2015|
26 May 1975 |
|Alma mater||Harvard University
Trinity College, Cambridge
|Occupation||Member of Parliament
Kwasi Alfred Addo Kwarteng (born 26 May 1975) is a British politician and historian. A member of the Conservative Party, he has served as a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2010 representing the constituency of Spelthorne in Surrey.
Kwarteng attended Eton College as a King's Scholar. He then went on to Cambridge University where he read Classics and History at Trinity College. He was a member of the team which won University Challenge in 1995 (in the first series after the programme was revived by the BBC in 1994). He attended Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship, and then earned a PhD in Economic History at Cambridge University.
Prior to becoming an MP, Kwarteng worked as an analyst in financial services. He has written a book, Ghosts of Empire, about the legacy of the British Empire, published by Bloomsbury in 2011. He has also co-authored (with Jonathan Dupont) the book Gridlock Nation on the causes and solutions to traffic congestion in Britain.
In 2014 he also published War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt a history of capital and the enduring ability of money - when combined with speculation - to ruin societies.
Kwarteng was the Conservative candidate in the constituency of Brent East at the 2005 general election. He finished in third place behind the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather (who had won the seat in a 2003 by-election) and Yasmin Qureshi of the Labour Party. Kwarteng was chairman of the Bow Group in 2005-06. In 2006, The Times suggested that he could become the first black Conservative cabinet minister. He was sixth on the Conservative list of candidates for the London Assembly in the 2008 London Assembly election, but was not elected as the Conservatives claimed only three London-wide list seats.
Kwarteng was selected as the Conservative candidate for Spelthorne at an open primary in January 2010 after the incumbent Conservative MP, David Wilshire, became mired in controversy arising from the Parliamentary expenses scandal and announced that he would be retiring from Parliament at the next general election. Kwarteng was described by a local paper as a "black Boris". At the 2010 general election, Kwarteng won the seat with 22,261 votes (numerically more votes but a lower percentage of the vote than his predecessor).
In August 2012, Kwarteng co-authored a book with four fellow MPs Britannia Unchained. In it, the authors made controversial remarks and suggestions, as highlighted in one outlet of the national press on publication, including that "Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world...".
Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World, Bloomsbury, London, 2011
Gridlock Nation - co-authored with Jonathan Dupont - Biteback, London, 2011
Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity - Co-authored with Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Liz Truss. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2012
War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt - Bloomsbury, London, 2014
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- Tories adopt 'black Boris' as candidate, Staines News, 25 January 2010
- Official website
- telegraph.co.uk political database
- "Trinity on University Challenge". Sean Blanchflower.
- Poole, Steven (7 October 2011). "Et cetera: Steven Poole's non-fiction choice - reviews". www.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article696213.ece Power couple behind the new Tory throne, The Times, 26 March 2006
- Official website
- Blog at Conservative Home
- Kwasi Kwarteng MP Conservative Party profile
- Spelthorne Conservatives
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Spelthorne