- James Duddridge
name = James Duddridge
honorific-suffix = MP
constituency_MP = Rochford and Southend East
5 May 2005
majority = 5,490 (13.9%)
birth_date = Birth date and age|1971|08|26|df=yes
nationality = British
spouse = Katy Thompson
party = Conservative
University of Essex
Bristol, James Duddridge was educated at the Huddersfield New College, The Blue School, Wells, and the University of Essexwhere he received a BA degree in governmentin 1993. He was elected as the chairman of the university's Conservative Association in 1990. He was previously the chairman of the Wells Young Conservatives in 1989 and at the same time he worked as a researcher in the Conservative Campaigns Department. In 1991 he became a researcher for Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, until he joined Barclays Bankin 1993, originally as a retail and merchant banker, and then as a banker with the Swazilandbranch, becoming a sales director in 1997 at the Banque Belgolaise in the Ivory Coastand the national sales manager for Barclays in 1998, where he was employed until his election to Westminster. He was a director of YouGovfrom 2000 until his election.
He unsuccessfully contested the Rother Valley constituency at the 2001 General Election, where he finished second some 14,882 votes behind the sitting Labour MP
Kevin Barron. He then returned to Africaand worked as a banker in Botswana. He was selected to contest the Rochford and Southend East seat at the 2005 general election, after Teddy Taylorstepped down. James Duddridge held the seat with a majority of 5,494 and is the current sitting MP. He made his maiden speechon June 9, 2005. [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm050609/debtext/50609-25.htm#50609-25_spnew3] Since his election he has been a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, he has also been a member of the International Development Committeesince 2006. In January 2008 he was made a party whip.
James Duddridge married to Kathryn (Katy) Thompson in May 2004 in
St Albansand they live in Southend-on-Sea; with their sons Tom and Henry, and their two cats. He is a keen supporter of both Southend United and Southampton.
* [http://www.jamesduddridge.com James Duddridge] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-6084,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: James Duddridge MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/james_duddridge/rochford_and_southend_east TheyWorkForYou.com - James Duddridge MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4581089.stm Meet the MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/483.stm BBC Politics page]
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