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South Dorset (House of Commons)
Mr Richard Drax MP (Conservative)
Surgery: Unit 2C
Dorset Green Technology Park
Surgery Tel: 01929 462803
MP Since - 2010 Majority - 7,443 Born - 29/01/1958. Married, 4 children.
Education - Boarding School (Northampton), Harrow School, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (Estate Management).
Previous Occupation - Military Officer - Coldstream Guards (1978-86, resigned commission as a Captain). Journalist - Press and Television journalism, most recently including BBC South Senior Reporter (Dorset correspondent).
Personal Overview - Former military officer who moved into journalism in the late 1980s, spending a ten year spell at BBC South as their Dorset correspondent. He is a new recruit to political ranks, without the usual adviser or local government experience common to the ranks of new intake MPs - in fact his career path precluded the possibility of significant political activity being either in military or BBC service. In 2006 he took over the running of the family estate, retiring from the BBC at the same time. He is a well known figure locally and is likely to cement a considerable personal vote in the two or three Parliamentary terms he is likely to serve prior to retirement.
Political History - Member for Dorset South (2010-). Member of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee (2010-).
Characteristics - Performed Trooping the Colour during his years in the Coldstream Guards, as well as serving three operational tours of Northern Ireland. As the eldest son of Walter and Pamela Drax he is the heir to the Charborough Park estate (near Wareham). Patron, Cherry Tree Nursery - a mental health charity.
Business Tel: 020 7219 7051
- Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee (Member)
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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
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