Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP

John Whittingdale has been the Member of Parliament for the Maldon area since 1992. He lives locally and has two children, Henry and Alice.

John was educated at Winchester College and University College, London, where he graduated with a degree in economics.

Prior to his election, John worked both in Whitehall and the City. Having worked in the Conservative Research Department, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 1984, serving three successive Secretaries of State until 1987. He then went to work at NM Rothschild Merchant Bank in the City before returning to Government work in 1989 when he was appointed Political Secretary to the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He continued in that role until Margaret Thatcher left office in 1990 and he was awarded the OBE in her resignation honours list.

In 1992, John was elected Member of Parliament for South Colchester and Maldon. He served as a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health from 1993 to 1997 and was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Education and Employment between 1994 and 1996. In 1997, John was elected to represent the new constituency of Maldon and East Chelmsford. He spent a year as an Opposition Whip and in 1998 was appointed a front bench Treasury spokesman. Following this, in 1999 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Leader of the Opposition, William Hague. After the 2001 General Election, John was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and in July, 2002 Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Following a year covering the Agriculture portfolio, John returned as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport in September 2004 - leaving the post after the election in 2005.

In July 2005 John was elected Chairman of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and in 2006, he was elected as one of three Parliamentary representatives on the Board of the Conservative Party. He was also elected Vice Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Party 1922 Committee.

In May 2015, John was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, a position he held until July 2016.

John is on the Board of a number of voluntary organisations and charities within his constituency. He is a Patron of Maldon Home Start, the Maldon Museum and Friends of St Lawrence Church. John is also Vice President of Maldon Rugby Club and Maldon Cricket Club. Nationally, he is a Patron of Youth Music Theatre and Global Friends of Ukraine.

He was a member of the campaign committee for Vote Leave in the 2016 EU Referendum and currently serves as a member of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. John is Chairman of the All Parliamentary Groups for Moldova and Belarus and is patron of the Global Friends of Ukraine. He is a member of the Executive Council of the British Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union.

John's role as a Member of Parliament is to represent all his constituents, regardless of whether they voted for him. If you are a constituent of Maldon, John can help you in a number of ways from making representations on your behalf, writing to relevant Government Ministers or raising matters publicly. It important to note that MPs do not have any jurisdiction over local Council decisions, but John is happy to assist in raising local matters with local councils.

If you are a constituent who would like to meet with John to discuss a particular issue with him face to face, you may wish to make an appointment at one of his regular constituency surgeries, which are normally held on a Friday and Saturday. In order to find out details of John's next surgery or to make an appointment, please telephone the Maldon Conservative Office on 01621 855663