Mike Wood (Conservative politician)

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Mike Wood
MP
Official portrait of Mike Wood crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Dudley South
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Chris Kelly
Majority 7,730 (20.2%)
Personal details
Born (1976-03-17) 17 March 1976 (age 42)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Aberystwyth University
Cardiff University
Website Campaign website

Michael Jon Wood[1] (born 17 March 1976)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dudley South since May 2015.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Wood was born on the 17 March 1976. He attended Old Swinford Hospital - a boarding school in Oldswinford, before studying Economics & Law at Aberystwyth University. He completed a Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff University in 1999. After graduating from university, Wood went to work for Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton, the Conservative MEP for the Southwest of England. Following this, he worked for four years as a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament, before returning to the UK to work for the Conservative MPs Andrew Griffiths and James Morris.[4]

Political career[edit]

Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree, Wood first stood for office as a Conservative Party candidate in 1998 when he competed in the Quarry Bank & Cradley ward on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. He was unsuccessful, gaining less than half of the votes of his Labour Party rival. He stood in the same ward in May 1999, again losing by a similar margin. He stood in the Quarry Bank & Dudley Wood ward in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and was defeated by the Labour candidate on all three occasions. In May 2012, Wood again stood unsuccessfully, but in the Halesowen North ward.[5] However, he was elected as one of three councillors representing the ward of Pedmore and Stourbridge East in May 2014.[6]

The following year, Wood was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dudley South[7] and made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 1 June 2015.[8]

He was successful in the ballot held on 4 June 2015 to obtain the right to introduce a Private Members' Bill. The first reading of the bill entitled Riot Compensation was held on 24 June 2015. The Bill aimed to repeal the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 and make various changes to the procedures of obtaining compensation for property damaged in riots.[9] The Bill passed through all the stages of debate and scrutiny in the UK Parliament and received royal assent on 23 March 2016. It became an Act of Parliament on 24 March 2016.[10]

In May 2016, it emerged that Wood was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses.[11] However, in May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.[12]

In the House of Commons he sat on the European Scrutiny Committee between November 2016 and May 2017.[13]

He was supportive of Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[14] He is a supporter of the lobbying group, the European Research Group, and supports a full/hard Brexit (British withdrawal from the European Union, including the Customs Union).[15]

He is currently chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group. [16]

Personal life[edit]

Wood is married with two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9119.
  2. ^ "MyParliament – Biography for Mike Wood". Myparliament.info. 17 March 1976. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Dudley South". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Mike Woods Profile". Linkedin. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Dudley Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). Plymouth University. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Pedmore and Stourbridge East". expressandstar.com. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Dudley South". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Parliamentary business". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Private Members' Ballot Bills First Reading". Publications.parliament.uk. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Riot Compensation Bill 2015–16". www.parliament.uk. UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Election Expenses Exposed". Channel 4 News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  12. ^ "No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases". BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Mike Wood". Parliament UK. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Article 50: Dudley MP 'risked career suicide backing Brexit'". Express and Star. 29 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Letter from European Research Group to PM May". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  16. ^ What's Brewing August 2018

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chris Kelly
Member of Parliament
for Dudley South

2015–present
Incumbent