Philip Dunne (Ludlow MP)

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Philip Dunne

MP
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Minister of State for Health
In office
15 July 2016 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Alistair Burt
Succeeded by Caroline Dinenage
Minister for Defence Procurement
In office
4 September 2012 15 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Peter Luff
Succeeded by Harriett Baldwin
Member of Parliament
for Ludlow
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Matthew Green
Majority19,286 (38.6%)
Personal details
Born (1958-08-14) 14 August 1958 (age 60)
Ludlow, Shropshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)Domenica Dunne
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford

Philip Martin Dunne MP (born 14 August 1958) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ludlow constituency in Shropshire.

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Ludlow (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1868 onwards

Ludlow is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Philip Dunne, a Conservative.

Shropshire County of England

Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands of England, bordering Wales to the west, Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east, and Worcestershire and Herefordshire to the south. Shropshire Council was created in 2009, a unitary authority taking over from the previous county council and five district councils. The borough of Telford and Wrekin has been a separate unitary authority since 1998 but continues to be included in the ceremonial county.

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He has been a farmer since 1987, at his family's farm just over the county boundary in Herefordshire, at Leintwardine near Ludlow, and was elected in 2001 as a councillor on the South Shropshire District Council, of which he was the Conservative leader in 2003–2005. He was also secretary of the Ludlow Conservative Association for a year in 2001. Since 2005 Dunne has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ludlow.

Herefordshire County of England

Herefordshire is a county in the West Midlands of England, governed by Herefordshire Council. It borders Shropshire to the north, Worcestershire to the east, Gloucestershire to the south-east, and the Welsh counties of Monmouthshire and Powys to the west.

Leintwardine farm village in the United Kingdom

Leintwardine is a large village and civil parish in north Herefordshire, England, close to the border with Shropshire.

Background

Philip Dunne was born in Ludlow, Shropshire, and has an ancestry of politicians and courtiers. He is the son of Sir Thomas Dunne KG, the former Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, who in turn is the son of Philip Russell Rendel Dunne (who briefly sat in the Commons), who in turn was the son of Edward Marten Dunne (who also sat in the Commons). Philip Dunne was educated at Abberley Hall School, followed by Eton College and Keble College, Oxford, where he was awarded a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Sir Thomas Raymond Dunne, was the Lord Lieutenant of Hereford and Worcester from 1977, then from 1998 the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire until 2001 and the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire until 2008.

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This is a list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire. Before the English Civil War, the lieutenancy of Herefordshire was always held by the Lord Lieutenant of Wales, but after the Restoration, its lieutenants were appointed separately. Since 1714, all the Lord Lieutenants have also been Custos Rotulorum of Herefordshire.

Political career

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election for Ludlow when he unseated the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP, Matthew Green. Dunne regained the (historically safe) seat for the Conservatives; the seat having been lost at the 2001 general election. He made his maiden speech on 8 June 2005. [1] During his first term in Parliament (2005–2010) he was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, and in 2006 he was appointed to the Public Accounts Committee.

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Philip Dunne held the Ludlow constituency seat in the 2010 general election with a notable swing from the Liberal Democrats, giving Dunne a 52.8 per cent share of the vote and a new, strengthened majority of 9,749. In the 2015 general election Dunne again increased his share of the vote and substantially increased his majority.

2010 United Kingdom general election election of members to the House of Commons in 2010

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In July 2016, he was appointed as Minister for State for Health. [2] In Prime Minister Theresa May's January 2018 reshuffle, he was dismissed from his ministerial post. Before losing his post, Dunne was accused of belittling the winter NHS bed crisis by suggesting unwell people in accident and emergency departments of hospitals without beds could instead use seats. [3] [4]

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Conservative leadership election 2005

Just before the Conservative leadership election of 2005, he balloted his constituents about whom he should vote for in the contest. After this ballot Dunne announced that he would be supporting David Cameron; he was also Chairman of Cameron's campaign in Shropshire.

In government

Following the formation of the Liberal Democrat–Conservative coalition government shortly after the general election, Philip Dunne was appointed as an unpaid assistant government whip in the House of Commons. [5] In September 2012, he was appointed Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology with responsibility for defence procurement and defence exports. [6] In this role, he was the minister responsible for, and one of the backers of, the bill which became the Defence Reform Act 2014. [7] He was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in the 2019 New Years Honours List, giving him the honorific title "The Right Honourable".

Conservative leadership election 2019

In the 2019 leadership election, Dunne managed Jeremy Hunt's campaign. [8]

Personal life

He is married to Domenica and they have two sons and two daughters. As well as farming, Dunne has also worked in banking.[ citation needed ] He also helped start up Ottakar's bookshop. He was born and raised in and around Ludlow and has a keen interest in diabetes research.[ citation needed ]

In 2009, Dunne's wealth was estimated at £5m. [9]

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References

  1. House of Commons Hansard
  2. "Philip Dunne MP". parliament.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. "Government reshuffle: Ludlow MP Philip Dunne loses post as health minister". Shropshire Star. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. Campbell, Denis (8 January 2018). "NHS beds crisis: sick patients can sit in A&E, says health minister". The Guardian.
  5. "Her Majesty's Government". Number10.gov.uk. May 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  6. "Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  7. "Defence Reform Act 2014 — UK Parliament". services.parliament.uk.
  8. Burns, Patrick (25 June 2019). "In the Hunt: Underdog's fighting talk" via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. Shackle, Samira; Hegarty, Stephanie; Eaton, George (1 October 2009). "The new ruling class". New Statesman.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Matthew Green
Member of Parliament for Ludlow
2005–present
Incumbent