[13] The bid to remove Bercow as Commons Speaker failed after just five MPs backed Duddridge's motion of no confidence. [10], In January 2016, the Labour Party unsuccessfully proposed an amendment in Parliament that would have required private landlords to make their homes "fit for human habitation". James Duddridge is the Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East, and has been an MP continuously since 5 May 2005. On 3 December 2010, Duddridge was permitted to reply on HM Government's behalf from the Despatch Box during an Adjournment debate, a rarity as Commons Whips – particularly Government Whips – by convention do not speak in the Chamber. After graduating in 1993, Duddridge went on to pursue a career in the private sector. He was subsequently selected as the Conservatives' parliamentary candidate for Rochford and Southend East at the 2005 general election, following Sir Teddy Taylor's retirement. James Philip Duddridge (born 26 August 1971) is a British Conservative politician and former banker serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Africa since 2020, and previously from 2014 to 2016. [8] He was accused by Sir Ian Kennedy of pursuing a "squalid vendetta" after he helped block the former head of the Commons expenses watchdog from an appointment to a new job of electoral commissioner in January 2018. Duddridge told The Times: "The work I do involves helping companies going into the African marketplace re-brand themselves. The Conservative Government had responded to the amendment that they believed homes should be fit for human habitation but did not want to pass the new law that would explicitly require it. He currently holds the Government post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office). Duddridge unsuccessfully contested Rother Valley at the 2001 general election for the Conservative Party, finishing second some 14,882 votes behind the sitting Labour MP, Kevin Barron but achieving a 5% swing in his favour. Southend If you need James' help and you live in the constituency, you can get in touch by using the contact form, or by calling his constituency office on 01702 616 315. He currently holds the Government post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office). For information about when you should contact MPs, Lords, or other organisations/individuals, review the who to contact with my issue page. [6], In September 2014, he claimed £11,348 for accommodation in London on expenses, mostly for hotels, despite already owning two homes in the city. If you need James' help and you live in the constituency, you can get in touch by using the contact form, or by calling his constituency office on 01702 616 315. In Parliament, James has served on committees scrutinising legislation, such as the Charities Bill, Corporate Manslaughter Bill, Planning Bill and Pensions Bill. So if you live within the constituency and you need James' help, then please get in touch using the contact form below. James was first appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on 13 February 2020. He held the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 5,494 and delivered his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 9 June 2005.[2]. This is a selection of James Duddridge’s votes. Nigeria: Violence | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers, Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review: Overseas Aid | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers, Nigeria: Overseas Aid | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers, Africa: Education | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ministerial Responsibility | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers, International Development Association: Finance | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers, Nigeria: Military Aid | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Written Answers. It was reported that he was working for Brand Communications and that the company was one of a handful that had not agreed to the industry's code of conduct that bans hiring sitting MPs. [8] He was accused by Sir Ian Kennedy of pursuing a "squalid vendetta" after he helped block the former head of the Commons expenses watchdog from an appointment to a new job of electoral commissioner in January 2018. Duddridge was born on 26 August 1971 in Bristol. James Philip Duddridge MP (born 26 August 1971) is a British Conservative politician and former banker. [15], On 27 September 2017, The Times reported that Duddridge, who was Africa minister until 2016, was being paid £3,300 for eight hours' work a month as a consultant for Brand Communications on top of his MP's salary. James Duddridge is the Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East, and has been an MP continuously since 5 May 2005.He currently holds the Government post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office). He stated that his claims were in accordance with the Independent Parliamentary Standards authority. He served as Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from July 2019 until 31 January 2020 when the United Kingdom left the European Union and the office was abolished. James Duddridge MP is working hard for everyone in Rochford and Southend East, regardless of how you voted. 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Since he was first elected in 2005, James has also held regular surgeries across Southend and Rochford. He has been the Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East since May 2005. James Duddridge MP in Parliament. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochford and Southend East since 2005. It is not a public affairs role. Copyright 2020 James Duddridge MP for Rochford and Southend East. [6], In September 2014, he claimed £11,348 for accommodation in London on expenses, mostly for hotels, despite already owning two homes in the city. James Duddridge MP. MP for Rochford & Southend East. He stated that his claims were in accordance with the Independent Parliamentary Standards authority. The information you provide is used in accordance with our Data Collection and Use policy. [9], Duddridge is seen as highly Eurosceptic having suggested in 2013 that the Government should tell the European Commissioner to "sod off" rather than pay benefits to Romanians and Bulgarians. In 1991, whilst at university, local Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin appointed him as a researcher. Copyright 2020 James Duddridge MP for Rochford and Southend East. You appear to have JavaScript disabled in your browser settings. James Duddridge is the Minister for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). [14], In the House of Commons he sits on the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons) and has sat on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, the International Development Committee, the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Procedure Committee and the International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.

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