Ben Wallace (politician)

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Ben Wallace

MP
Rt.Hon Ben Wallace MP profile.png
Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by John Hayes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Northern Ireland Office
In office
12 May 2015 17 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Andrew Murrison
Succeeded by Kris Hopkins
Government Whip
In office
15 July 2014 12 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Member of Parliament
for Wyre and Preston North
Lancaster and Wyre (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Hilton Dawson
Majority12,246 (23.3%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
6 May 1999 31 March 2003
Preceded byNew Office
Personal details
Born
Robert Ben Lobban Wallace

(1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 48)
Farnborough, Kent, England
NationalityBritish
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)Liza, née Cooke [1]
Children3
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
OccupationPolitician
Profession Army Officer
Awards Mentioned in Despatches (Northern Ireland)
Website www.benwallace.org.uk
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1990–1998
Rank Captain
Unit Scots Guards
Battles/wars The Troubles

Robert Ben Lobban Wallace PC (born 15 May 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North since the 2010 general election, having been the MP for Lancaster and Wyre from 2005 to 2010.

Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

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Wyre and Preston North (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

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Early life and career

Wallace was born on 15 May 1970 in Farnborough, Kent. He was privately educated at Millfield School in Somerset. [2] He studied politics under Clive Thomas, who also taught Julian Smith MP and Margot James MP.[ citation needed ] After school Wallace became a ski instructor with the Austrian National Ski School in the village of Alpbach in Austria. [3] During that period his parents moved to Pennsylvania in the United States where they lived for seven years.

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Military and business career

Aged 19, Wallace attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before being commissioned as a platoon commander into the Scots Guards. During his eight-year army career until 1998 he served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America. [3] His last role was as Company Commander of F Coy Scots Guards.[ citation needed ]

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From 2003 to 2005 he was overseas director of QinetiQ, the UK's former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). [2]

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Political career

Scottish Parliament

After leaving the Army, Wallace became a Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, as a list MSP for North East Scotland. [4] [5] He stood down in 2003, as he sought selection for a Westminster constituency in England. [4] [5] Wallace was the Scottish Conservatives' shadow health spokesman during that time. [5]

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United Kingdom Parliament

Wallace won the Lancaster and Wyre Constituency from Labour in 2005. The election result saw a 481 vote (0.92%) Labour majority swing to a 4171 vote (8.00%) Conservative majority. The overall swing was 4.50% from Labour to Conservative. This constituency was number nine on the 2005 Conservative 'target list'.[ citation needed ] He subsequently became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North after winning the seat at the 2010 general election; he was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

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From 2005 to 2010 Wallace was a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee. [6] From 2006 to 2010 Wallace was the Shadow Minister of State for Scotland. He was Chairman of the British–Iran Parliamentary Group from 2006 to 2014. On 13 November 2008, Wallace was awarded Campaigner of the Year in the Spectator /Threadneedle Parliamentarian awards, for his work promoting transparency of MPs expenses. [7] [8]

Following his re-election to Parliament, Wallace was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then-Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, and later Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, Ken Clarke MP.[ citation needed ] On 4 September 2012, Wallace turned down a position as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury during the cabinet reshuffle.[ citation needed ] to remain Clarke's PPS. [9] In July 2014, as Clarke returned to the back benches, Wallace was again offered a job in Government as a whip. This time he accepted. In May 2015 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office. After the EU referendum, the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, promoted him to Minister of State for Security in the Home Office. In December 2017 the Ministerial portfolio was extended to include Economic Crime. He was the Security Minister during the terror attacks of 2017 and the Salisbury attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal Sergei Skripal

Wallace was appointed to the Privy Council for his role in coordinating the government response to the 2017 Westminster attack. [10]

Personal life

In 2001, he married Liza and they have three children. He employs his wife as a part-time Senior Research Assistant on a salary up to £29,000. [11] Wallace currently resides near Lancaster and in London. [12] [13] He enjoys watching rugby, skiing and motorsport.[ citation needed ]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hilton Dawson
Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Wyre
20052010
Constituency Abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wyre and Preston North
2010–present
Incumbent