PARLIAMENTARY CHAIRMAN

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP 
Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds

Geoffrey was the Member of Parliament for Cirencester & Tewkesbury from 1992-1997, and has been the Member for the Cotswolds since 1997.

On the election of David Cameron as Leader of the Conservative Party, Geoffrey was appointed the Shadow Minister for Trade & Foreign Affairs, serving in the teams of both Shadow Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon William Hague MP, and Shadow Business Secretary, the Rt. Hon Ken Clarke MP.

Since becoming a Member of Parliament he has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt. Hon Douglas Hogg QC MP, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Secretary of European Affairs Back Bench and Secretary of Housing Improvement Committees; a Member of the Environment Select Committee; Vice-Chairman of the Charities Property Association; Chairman of the All Party Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health; Secretary of the All Party Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health; Vice-Chairman of the Small Business Bureau and European Atlantic Group. Geoffrey was the author of a Bow Group paper entitled "Privatising the State Pension – Secure Funded Provision for All".

He has served as a Public Accounts Commissioner, and as a Member of the Public Accounts House of Commons Select Committee. In October 2001, he was appointed a Frontbench Spokesman for Transport, Local Government & the Regions. In June 2002, he became a Shadow Minister for Local & Devolved Government Affairs. In March 2004, he was appointed as an Opposition Whip and in May 2005, he became Assistant Chief Whip. In July 2007, he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for International Development.

Geoffrey was Constituency Vice-Chairman of North Norfolk from 1984 and Chairman from 1986-91. He was born in 1953, and educated at Tormore School in Kent; Eton College and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, where he graduated as an Associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Geoffrey is now a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is divorced with a son and daughter. Prior to entering Parliament, Geoffrey was a Investment Surveyor.

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