MPs: Jeremy Browne MP; Molly Scott Cato MEP;

Taunton Deane (House of Commons)

Mr Jeremy Browne MP (Liberal Democrat)

Surgery: Masons House
Magdalene Street

Surgery Tel: 01823 337 874

MP Since - 2005 Majority - 3,993 Born - 17/05/1970. Divorced.
Education - Nottingham University (politics). Elected president of the students' union and spent a year as editor to the student newspaper.
Previous Occupation - Employed as the parliamentary assistant to deputy leader Alan Beith (1993-94). Has worked for financial consultancy Dewe Rogerson. More recently has worked for Edelman Communications, specialising in corporate reputation management.
Personal Overview - Political interests include raising standards in Britain's public services, particularly for schools and hospitals, and reducing crime more locally in the Taunton constituency. Is also likely to favour improving rural transport and preserving village amenities. His strength comes from getting involved in the local community e.g. worked in a supermarket, as a postman, with the police, on a farm. Thus has experienced first hand the day to day difficulties facing local people. Was removed from his Home Office post at the 2013 reshuffle.
Political History - Stood as Liberal Democrat candidate for Enfield Southgate (1997). Liberal Democrat National Director of Press and Broadcasting (1997-2000). Worked closely with Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy as the Director of Press and Broadcasting. MP for Taunton Deane (2005-). Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2005-08). Member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (2013-). Shadow Foreign Affairs Spokesman (2005-07). Liberal Democrat Whip (2006-07). Shadow Minister for the Home Office (2007). Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2007-10). Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2010-12). Minister of State at the Home Office (Crime Prevention and Antisocial Behaviour Reduction) (2012-13).
Characteristics - Son of a diplomat. Childhood in Iran, Zimbabwe and Belgium. His father recently appointed to be Ambassador in Denmark. Governor at Ladymead Community School in North Taunton. Enjoys adventurous holidays, including India, America, Iran and Russia. He is a passionate sports fan and follows football, rugby and cricket. Queens Park Rangers supporter.

Business Tel: 0207 219 8478


Interests: Media,Transport,Law & Order,Education & Training,Health

Commitee membership
  • Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (Member)
  • Lords and Commons Cricket Club (Associate 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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