Tim Loughton

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Tim Loughton
MP FSA
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families
In office
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Succeeded by Edward Timpson[1]
Member of Parliament
for East Worthing and Shoreham
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 14,949 (30.0%)
Personal details
Born (1962-05-30) 30 May 1962 (age 53)
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Juliet MacLauchlan
Children 3
Alma mater University of Warwick
Clare College, Cambridge
Religion Church of England
[2]

Timothy Paul 'Tim' Loughton, FSA (born 30 May 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician, and has been Member of Parliament (MP) for East Worthing and Shoreham since the 1997 general election. Loughton was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families from 2010-2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Loughton was born on 30 May 1962 in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. From 1973 to 1980, he was educated at Priory School, a state comprehensive school in Lewes, East Sussex. From 1980 to 1983, he studied classical civilisation at the University of Warwick. There, he was secretary of the University of Warwick Conservative Association. He graduted with a first class honours Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) degree 1983. He then joined Clare College, University of Cambridge, where he studied Mesopotamian archaeology between 1983 and 1984.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Loughton followed a career in the City of London as a fund manager from 1984 for Fleming Private Asset Management, becoming a director from 1992-2000.

Registrable shareholdings are Classwatch Limited and the Mindful Policy Group Trading Ltd. [4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Loughton's first attempt at election to the House of Commons in the 1992 general election, when he stood against David Blunkett in the Sheffield Brightside constituency. Although unsuccessful, he was chosen in 1995 by the local party board as a candidate for his current constituency, then newly formed.

Loughton polled 43.9% of the vote in the 2005 general election, increasing his majority to 8,183. He finished the parliament as Shadow Minister for Children. In the 2010 general election he got 48.5% of the vote with a majority of 11,105.[5] On 13 May 2010 he was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.

In 2001 Loughton referred to then leader of the Conservative Party William Hague as "baldy and he has a funny accent" and compared him to former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock. [6]

Andrew Roth in The Guardian said of him that he was an "assiduous debater, although specialist opponents can consider his viewpoints complete and utter rubbish". During Prime Minister's Questions on 13 July 2011, the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow told Loughton - following considerably loud cheers from the government benches and loud jeers from the opposition benches - that if he couldn't behave like an adult, then he ought to leave the chamber. [7]

In 2010, Loughton appeared in the Channel 4 documentary series, Tower Block of Commons.[8]

In February 2012 Loughton was part of a ministerial working group on how the law should be changed regarding how to amend the Children Act 1989. According to The Guardian newspaper of 3 February 2012 the working group aimed to include in the new Children's Act one "presumption of shared parenting" for children's fathers and mothers after cases of divorce or spousal break up.[9]

In May 2012, he said marriage was a religious institution that should remain between one man and one woman.[10] On 5 February 2013 Loughton voted against the Second Reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.[11]

Loughton was sacked as children's minister in the government reshuffle of September 2012. [12]

In January 2013 Loughton was involved in a political dispute involving his earlier work as a minister in the Department of Education when he compared the role of Education Secretary Michael Gove to 'Young Mr Grace' from the British sitcom Are You Being Served?, suggesting there was little interaction between ministers and staff in the department[13] The next day Loughton was described in a briefing from the Department of Education to The Spectator as a "lazy, incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion".[14] The following month Loughton tabled "hostile" parliamentary questions to the Department of Education on the subject of complaints by staff, which the Independent described as "a significant escalation of hostilities" between Loughton and some of his old colleagues[15]

In September 2013, Loughton was forced to apologise to former children's minister Sarah Teather after he was recorded at an event saying the Department of Education as a result of Teather was a "family free zone" and that Teather "did not believe in family" as "she certainly didn't produce one of her own". The comments made by Loughton were branded "disgusting" by Jo Swinson the Liberal Democrat minister for Women and Equalities.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Loughton married Elizabeth Juliet MacLauchlan in 1992, and they have a son and two daughters.

On 16 April 2015, he was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edward Timpson replaces Tim Loughton as Children’s Minister", Family Law Week, September 2012
  2. ^ http://www.timloughton.com/hot-topics-archive/tims-thoughts-same-sex-marriage.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Biography - About Tim". timloughton.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/150330/loughton_tim.htm
  5. ^ "UK > England > South East > Worthing East & Shoreham". BBC News. 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Baldy' Hague may cost votes, says Tory". BBC News. 27 March 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "PMQs: Speaker Bercow tells off 'disgraceful' minister Tim Loughton". BBC News. 13 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Tower Block of Commons - Channel 4, Channel 4
  9. ^ Pearse, Damien (3 February 2012). "Divorced fathers to get more contact with their children". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples, Pink News, 13 May 2012
  11. ^ {http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130205/debtext/130205-0004.htm} The House of Commons.2013.Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2012-2013.
  12. ^ "David Cameron faces a fresh revolt as sacked ministers go on the attack". The Evening Standard. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Harrison, Angela (16 January 2013). "Ex-minister Tim Loughton says children's agenda sidelined". BBC. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Michael Gove: I've no idea which of my staff called Tim Loughton a lazy, incompetent narcissist". The Daily Telegraph (London). 22 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Wright, Oliver (26 February 2013). "Tory ex-minister, Tim Loughton, turns his sights on Michael Gove's adviser". The Independent (London). Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tim Loughton to apologise for Sarah Teather family jibe". BBC News. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "16 Apr Ballot Results". News. Society of Antiquaries of London. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 

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1997–present
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