- Bill Wiggin
name = Bill Wiggin
honorific-suffix = MP
constituency_MP = Leominster
term_start = 8 June 2001
majority = 13,187 (27%)
birth_date = Birth date and age|1966|6|4|df=yes
City of Westminster, London
nationality = British
spouse = Milly Wiggin
party = Conservative
website = [http://www.billwiggin.com www.billwiggin.com]
William David Wiggin (born 4 June 1966) is a British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries. He has held the seat of Leominster since the 2001 election.
Wiggin was born in
Londonin 1966 [ General Register OfficeBirths 1966 April-June vol 5D page 1460] . He attended Eton and later read Economics at the University of Wales, Bangor, gaining a Bachelor of Arts(Hons) in 1988. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/election/constituency/0,,200-365,00.html General Election 2005] "timesonline.co.uk", retrieved 2006-10-18] He also served in the Royal Welch Fusiliersin the TA, being a platoon commander for Holyhead, Bangor and Caernarfon.
Following this, Wiggin worked as a Trader in Foreign Exchange Options for UBS from 1991-3, then was an Associate Director of
Kleinwort Bensonfrom 1994-8, then as a manager in the Foreign Exchange department of Commerzbankfrom 1998. [ [http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&PersonID=4823 Bill Wiggin MP profile] "Conservative Party website", retrieved 2006-10-18]
Wiggin was selected as the Conservative candidate for Burnley for the 1997 election. He came second to
Peter Pike, who recorded a 17,062 majority over him. [ [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/hoc/constituency/0,9338,-774,00.html Guardian Unlimited politics: Ask Aristotle (Burnley)] "Guardian Unlimited network", retrieved 2006-10-18] Returning to his roots, he was selected as the Conservative Party candidate in the safe seat of Leominster in April 1999, replacing Peter Temple-Morris(who had defected to the Labour Party).He won his seat in 2001 with a 10,367 majority over his Liberal Democrat opponent.
Initially a backbencher, he was admitted to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee in 2002.During 2003,
Michael Howardappointed him to the position of Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.In the reshuffle following the 2005 general election, he was replaced in these posts and made Shadow Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries, where he has remained.
He was re-elected at the 2005 general election with a 2.4% swing in his favour.
Among his many other votes, Wiggin has voted with the noes on a blanket ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants, the 2004 Hunting Bill, and some sections of the Prevention of Terrorism bills.
Next general election
Shortly before the 2005 general election, the
Boundary Commission for Englandrecommended the name of the constituency be changed to North Herefordshire. This change will come into effect at the next United Kingdom general election. Assuming Wiggin is reselected as the party candidate, he will contest this seat.
Wiggin is the son of
Jerry Wiggin, former MP for Weston-super-Mare.He married his wife Camilla (Milly) in July 1999 and they have three children; Rosie, Jack and Toby. They live near Ledbury, Herefordshire.
* "A Better Agenda for the Environment" published by the "self-publisher" Exposure Publishing, an imprint of Diggory Press ISBN 1846850673
* [http://www.billwiggin.com Bill Wiggin MP] homepage
* [http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&personID=4823 Conservative Party] profile of Bill Wiggin MP
* [http://www.leominsterconservatives.org.uk/ Leominster Conservative Association]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/bill_wiggin/leominster TheyWorkForYou.com - Bill Wiggin]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Bill_Wiggin&mpc=Leominster The Public Whip] Bill Wiggin voting record
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/366.stm BBC Politics page]
* [http://www.dmoz.org/Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Society_and_Culture/Politics/Parties/Conservative/MPs/Wiggin,_Bill/ Open Directory Project - Bill Wiggin] directory category
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