MPs: Christopher Chope OBE MP; Molly Scott Cato MEP;

Christchurch (House of Commons)

Mr Christopher Chope OBE MP (Conservative)

Surgery: 18a Bargates
BH23 1QL

Surgery Tel: 01202 474949

MP Since - 1997 Majority - 15,410 Born - 19/05/1947. Married, 1 son, 1 daughter.
Education - St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne, Marlborough College, St. Andrew's University (LLB Hons).
Previous Occupation - Barrister, Inner Temple (1972), Consultant, Ernst & Young (1992-1998).

Personal Overview - Former minister in both Thatcher and Major Governments returning to the Commons following the loss of his Southampton Itchen seat in the 1992 election. Appears to be a respected MP who cut his political teeth whilst at Wandworth Borough Council in the 1970s and early 1980s. Had an early part in the Hague Shadow team, returning to the backbenches after two years. Was re-activated into the Opposition front bench by the IDS leadership, before returning to the Back Benches in 2005. An advocate of the 'right to buy' for council house sales, he was involved as Local Government Minister with the more controversial Community Charge, being responsible for its implementation in England. He has also been Chairman of the right wing Conservative '92 Group'.

Political History - Wandsworth Borough Councillor (1974-83), Leader, Wandsworth Borough Council (1979-83), Member for Southampton Itchen (1983-92), PPS to Peter Brooke (1986), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment (1986-90), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (1990-92), Shadow Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions Minister (1997-98), Opposition Spokesman for Trade & Industry (1998-99). Secretary of the 1922 Committee (2006-). Member of the Trade & Industry Select Committee (1999-2002). Opposition Frontbench Spokesman for Her Majesty's Treasury (2001-02), Shadow Minister of State for Transport (2002-03), for Environment & Transport (2003-05). Member of the Procedure Select Committee (2005-10). Member of the Chairmen's Panel (2005-). Member of the Administration Select Committee (2007-10). Member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (2010-). Member of the Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2012-13). Member of the Standards Committee (2013-). Member of the Privileges Committee (2013-). Member of the Justice Select Committee (2013-).

Characteristics - Effective, reliable Commons performer who backed Michael Howard for leader in 1997. Narrowly regained Christchurch for the Tories from Liberal Democrat by-election victor, Diana Maddock. Member, Health & Safety Commission (1992-97).

Business Tel: 020 7219 5808


Interests: Environment,Transport,Health,Local Government

Commitee membership
  • Justice Committee (Member)
  • Privileges Committee (Member)
  • Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (Member)
  • Standards Committee (Member)
  • Betting and Gaming Group (Member)
  • State Boarding Schools Group (Member)
  • Defence of the Interests of British Property Owners in Cyprus Group (Member)
  • Cannabis and Children Group (Member)
  • Community Development in Europe Group (Member)
  • British Constitution Group (Treasurer)
  • a European Union Referendum Group (Member)
  • Highway Maintenance Group (Chairman)
  • Historic Vehicles Group (Secretary)
  • Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology Forum Group (Member)
  • Media Group (Member)
  • Mobile Homes Group (Chairman)
  • Mutuals Group (Member)
  • Parliament First Group (Member)
  • Print Group (Member)
  • Scotch Whisky and Spirits Group (Member)
  • Scout Group (Member)
  • Shooting and Conservation Group (Member)
  • Steel and Metal Related Industry Group (Member)
  • Thrombosis Group (Member)
  • British-American Parliamentary Group (Member)
  • British-Mozambique Group (Member)
  • British-Namibia Group (Member)
  • Britain-Palestine Group (Member)


South West (European Parliament)

Dr Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1963. 3 Children.
Education - Bath High School. Oxford University, MA Politics, Philosophy and Economics. University of Wales, Aberystwyth, PhD in Economics. The Open University, MSc in Advanced Social Research Methods.
Previous Occupation - Director of Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives. Reader in Green Economics at the Cardiff School of Management (2008-12). Professor of Strategy and Sustainability in the Business School, University of Roehampton (2012-14).

Personal Overview - From an academic background, her main focus has been on the 'Green Economy' and associated issues of trade, work, money and cooperatives with an objective of replacing capitalism with an economic system which is benign for people and the planet. Although working in London at the University of Roehampton prior to her election, she is originally from Bath and has lived in Stroud where she has been a District Councillor and active in the Green Party for over 20 years. In the local area she has also been active as a member of the core group of 'Transition Stroud', a group working on the transition to a locally based low carbon lifestyle, where she has co-ordinated its Lifestyles and Livelihoods working group. She is likely to favour a more locally orientated economy, where CO2 emissions are reduced with less goods being transported long distances, promoting local employment and supporting activities such as Farmers' markets. She has also been commissioned to produce research which has included a report for the Association of Green Councillors on the subject of Using Best Value to Encourage Green Procurement in Local Authorities.

Political History - Joined the Green Party (1988). She has been Co-Chair of the Green Party Regional Council and served on the Green Party Executive as Campaigns Co-ordinator. Green Party General Election candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency (1997 and 2005). European Election candidate, twice in Wales, South West Region (2009). Councillor, Stroud District Council (2011-). Green Group Leader (2012-14). Has been a Spokesperson for the Green Party on Economics. MEP South West Region (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur (2014-). Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil (2014-). Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a member of the core group of Stroud Community Agriculture and a Director of Stroud Common Wealth. Author of a book, Market, Schmarket.

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45737


Interests: Environment,Agriculture,General Trade & Industry,Climate Change,Education & Training,Uk Economy,Employment

Commitee membership
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (Substitute)
  • Economic & Monetary Affairs (Member)


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