|Member of Parliament
for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Linda Gilroy|
|Born||26 August 1959|
|Religion||Church of England|
Oliver Newton Colvile (born 26 August 1959) is the current Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport; he won the seat from the Labour candidate Linda Gilroy at the 2010 General Election.
Educated at Stowe School, Colvile hails from a Naval family, his father having served as an officer in the Royal Navy for over thirty years, his grandfather being the First Lieutenant of Plymouth’s Naval barracks, whilst his uncle was a Royal Marines officer who served at Stonehouse.
Colvile says his interest in politics took hold whilst at school when he became fascinated by how an idea could become law or a policy to protect civil liberties, to enhance people’s freedom and for the enjoyment of life. He joined the Conservative Party’s staff at the age of 21, working for Ministers and backbench MPs. It gave him experience of political life and he was later entrusted with devising community campaigns which saw the Conservatives successfully return to Parliament a number of its candidates in marginal seats.
In the 2010 General Election he won the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport seat with a majority of 1149 and 34.3% of the votes cast, ousting the sitting Labour MP with a swing of 6.9% calculated after allowing for significant boundary changes.
Colvile 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.
Colvile was criticised when it was revealed in October 2011 that he received hospitality equivalent (on the market) to £694.80 from Japan Tobacco, owners of the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, paying for a visit to see Test Match cricket at The Oval that summer, coming shortly after he voted in favour of relaxing the smoking ban. Colvile was again criticised in July 2013 when it was revealed he received two free tickets (worth £1,260) to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, again from Japan Tobacco.
Colvile found himself in more controversy in March 2013 when he defended an all-expenses-paid trip made to Saudi Arabia as a delegate of the UK Defence Forum that he received from the Saudi Arabian government.
Following a spell at an agency advising on business development, since 1996 Oliver Colvile has run a communications business specialising in handling community consultation for major regeneration projects. He is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors, and is also a former director of the Enterprise Forum.
Colvile is a keen cricketer and a member of the Addis Army, which supports the England national side: he is a member of MCC and Lansdowne Clubs, both of which were criticised by MPs after Colvile led a "death army" to the House of Commons in a protest related to capital punishment.
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- Official Website
- Profile at the Conservative Party
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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