MPs: Ed Vaizey MP; Keith Taylor MEP;

Wantage (House of Commons)

The Hon Ed Vaizey MP (Conservative)

Surgery: All surgeries are on a Friday between 5.30pm and 7pm.
There is no need to book an appointment.

20th September - Wallingford, Town Hall, OX10 0EG
11th October - Faringdon, Pump Rooms, SN7 7HL
18th October - Wantage, Civic Hall, OX12 9BX
8th November - Didcot, King Alfred Drive Community Centre, OX11 0AA
15th November - Wallingford, Town Hall, OX10 0EG
13th December - Wantage, Civic Hall, OX12 9BX

Surgery Tel: 01491 612 852

MP Since - 2005 Majority - 13,547 Born - 05/06/1968. Married, 1 son & 1 daughter.
Education - St Paul's School, London; Merton College, Oxford University; City University; Inns of Court School of Law.

Previous Occupation - Desk officer, Conservative Research Department (1989-91); Barrister, family law and child care (1994-96); Director, Public Policy Unit (1996-97), Politics International (1997-98); Director and Partner, Consolidated Communications (1998-2003); Freeland journalist; Speechwriter to Michael Howard as Leader of the Opposition (2004).

Personal Overview - Politically, he has worked with Ken Clarke and Michael Howard advising on employment and education issues. A distinguished Editor of Blue Books which concentrates on new approaches to Conservative policy. Reports and writes regularly on Conservative issues in The Guardian and on the BBC's Despatch Box. He has also opposed the introduction of Identity Cards and has supported the retention of Community Hospitals, having campaigned to retain the Wantage Community Hospital locally. Gained a promotion into the shadow ministerial team relatively early in his parliamentary career and followed this on by gaining a junior Government role in May 2010. The 2014 reshuffle saw him promoted to become a Minister of State.

Political History - Contested Bristol East (1997). MP for Wantage (2005-). Member of the Modernisation Select Committee (2005-07), Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2006-07). Shadow Minister for Arts (2006-10). Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) (2010-14), Minister of State (with responsibility for Digital Industries) (2014-).

Characteristics - Has been active as a school governor at his old state primary school and he is also a trustee of the Trident Trust which is the largest work experience charity in the UK. Is a strong supporter of David Cameron.

Business Tel: 0207 219 6350


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Interests: Law & Order,Education & Training,Health,Employment,Youth Issues


South East (European Parliament)

Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)

MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).

Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.

Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-14), Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-14). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-14) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-14). Substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UK’s Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.

Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.

Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153


Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation

Commitee membership
  • Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Substitute)
  • Transport & Tourism (Member)


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