MPs: Ian Liddell-Grainger MP; Molly Scott Cato MEP;

Bridgwater and West Somerset (House of Commons)

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Conservative)

Surgery: 16 Northgate

Surgery Tel: 01278 458383

MP Since - 2001 Majority - 9,249 Born - 23/02/1959. Married, 1 son, 2 daughters.
Education - Wellesley House, Kent, Millfield, Somerset, South of Scotland Agricultural College.
Previous Occupation - Farmer (Family farm in Berwickshire, 1980-85). Company Director, Property Management/Development (North East of England, 1985-). Also qualified accountant, and former Major in the Fusiliers (Territorial Army).

Personal Overview - Experienced politician with prior knowledge of Parliamentary workings owing to membership of a House of Lords working group, and advisory roles to the Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committees. A case of third time lucky in terms of gaining Commons membership, he failed at the 1997 Election by less than two-thousand votes in Devon West & Torridge, the seat which initially gained Liberal Democrat affiliation with the defection of (now Baroness and MEP) Emma Nicholson. Despite being still of an age to be suitable for advancement, a ministerial career has not been forthcoming following the formation of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition administration.

Political History - Chairman, Corbridge Branch Conservative Association, Member, Hexham Conservative Association Executive, Councillor, Tynedale DC (1989-95), Northern Area Council (1992-95). Parliamentary Candidate, Devon West & Torridge (1997), European Candidate, Tyne & Wear (1994), Member for Bridgwater (2001-2010), Member for Bridgwater and West Somerset (2010-). Member of the Public Administration Select Committee (2001-10), Scottish Affairs Select Committee (2002-05), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee (2003-05). Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2008-10). Member of the Statutory Instruments Select Committee (2010-). Member of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (2010-).

Characteristics - Has the distinguished antecedence of a royal connection - he is around 250th in line to the throne, being a descendant of Queen Victoria through her youngest son Prince Leopold. Member of the NFU, and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Member, House of Lords Rural Economy Group. Former Advisor to the Chairmen of the Defence, and Foreign Affairs Select Committees during the 1992-97 Parliament. Northern Industrial Representative to the European Parliament.
Other Information - Alternative email address is

Business Tel: 020 7219 8149


Interests: Business & Finance,Agriculture,European Issues,Defence,General Trade & Industry,Foreign Affairs,Property Development,Rural,Chemical Industry,Local Government

Commitee membership
  • Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (Member)
  • Statutory Instruments Committee (Member)
  • Angling Group (Member)
  • Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) Group (Member)
  • Autism Group (Member)
  • State Boarding Schools Group (Member)
  • Body Image Group (Member)
  • Brain Tumours Group (Member)
  • Cannabis and Children Group (Member)
  • Cheese Group (Member)
  • Child Health and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Group (Secretary)
  • Cider Group (Chairman)
  • Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies (Chairman)
  • on Folk Arts Group (Member)
  • Horse Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Methodist Group (Member)
  • Micro Businesses Group (Member)
  • Recognition of Munitions Workers Group (Member)
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Group (Member)
  • Nuclear Energy Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Group (Chairman)
  • Reserve Forces and Cadets Group (Member)
  • Rugby League Group (Member)
  • Severn Barage and Tidal Energy Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Shooting and Conservation Group (Treasurer)
  • Commemorating Srebrenica Group (Member)
  • Veterans Group (Member)
  • Weight Watchers Group (Member)
  • World Governance Group (Member)
  • Zoos and Aquariums Group (Member)
  • UK-Bahrain Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Cambodia Group (Member)
  • China Group (Member)
  • Ethiopia and Djibouti Group (Member)
  • United Kingdom Falkland Islands Group (Member)
  • British-Iraq Group (Member)
  • Britain-Republic of Korea Group (Member)
  • Malaysia Group (Secretary)
  • Morocco Group (Chairman)
  • Britain-Nepal Group (Member)
  • Pitcairn Islands Group (Member)
  • Romania Group (Member)
  • UK-Singapore Group (Member)
  • British-Swiss Group (Member)
  • Vietnam Group (Secretary)


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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