MPs: Gavin Barwell MP; Steve Reed MP; Richard Ottaway MP; Seb Dance MEP;

Croydon Central (House of Commons)

Mr Gavin Barwell MP (Conservative)

Surgery: 020 8663 8741 if you’d like help with a problem or a surgery appointment (I hold surgeries in Croydon town centre, New Addington and Shirley)
020 7219 2119 for diary issues, tours of the House of Commons or other matters

Alternatively you can speak face to face to a member of my staff at my constituency office at 133 Wickham Road, which is open 9am-5pm Mondays to Fridays.

Surgery Tel: 020 8663 8741
020 7219 2119

MP Since - 2010 Majority - 2,969 Born - 1972. Married (Karen), 2 sons.
Education - Independent Trinity School of John Whitgift. Trinity College, Cambridge (former President of the Cambridge Union).

Previous Occupation - Chief Operating Officer of the Conservative Party (2003-06). Has his own consultancy business.

Personal Overview - A local man with experience as a Councillor, he held this boundary altered seat for the Conservatives in 2010. Politically, his main interests cover health and crime, it is notable that the NHS saved his life as a child when seriously ill. He also has experience at the centre of Conservative politics, as a former Party Chief Operating Officer and has also been associated with the party's approach of targeting key seats used at the 2010 General Election under the auspices of Lord Ashcroft. He was also a Special Advisor on Local Government, Housing and Urban Regeneration to John Gummer MP (as Secretary of State for the Environment) prior to the 1997 General Election. Became a PPS to Michael Gove at the 2012 Government reshuffle before joining the Whip's Office in 2013.

Political History - Councillor, London Borough of Croydon (2000-2010), has held the Resources and Customer Services and Community Safety & Cohesion Portfolios. MP Croydon Central (2010-). Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee (2010-12). PPS to Rt Hon. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education (2012-13). Assistant Government Whip (2013-).

Characteristics - Has been Chairman of the Governors at Trinity School and member of the Court of Governors of the Whitgift Foundation. Is well travelled, particularly in Europe, North America and Southern Africa.

Business Tel: 020 7219 2119


My blog

Interests: Law & Order,Health,Local Government

Commitee membership
  • Choice at the End of Life Group (Member)
  • Dementia Group (Member)
  • Packaging Manufacturing Industry Group (Member)
  • Policing Group (Member)
  • Race and Community Group (Treasurer)
  • Tamils Group (Member)
  • Thameslink Route Group (Member)
  • Jamaica Group (Member)


Croydon North (House of Commons)

Mr Steve Reed MP (Labour)

Surgery: 908 London Road
Thornton Heath

MP Since - 2012 (by-election) Majority - 11,761 Born - 12/11/1963.
Education - N/a.

Previous Occupation - Academic and Professional Publishing. Lambeth Council Leader (2006-12).

Personal Overview - Held this seat for Labour at the November 2012 by-election caused by the death of Malcolm Wicks MP. He had a selection battle with London Assembly member Val Shawcross to become Labour's candidate, narrowly defeating her in a very close contest. He has leadership experience at Lambeth Council where he was responsible for generating its 'Cooperative Council' agenda (a network of Labour Councils that are implementing co-operative policies and ways of providing services, which give communities power and a real say over the ways they are run). Locally this has involved opening a new Library and a number of schools as well as building several Leisure Centres. He also has experience of regeneration/employment issues having led the 'Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea regeneration project' and has focussed on job creation within the Croydon area. He appeared to be a strong candidate for future preferment to a shadow ministerial post, which duly occurred at the October 2013 reshuffle.

Political History - Councillor, Lambeth Council (2000-2013), Council Leader (2006-12). Member for Croydon North (2012-). Member of the Public Administration Select Committee (2012-13). Shadow Minister for the Home Office (2013-).

Characteristics - Has been Deputy Leader of Labour Local Government (2010-) and has Chaired Central London Forward, a strategy group representing seven central London local authorities. Has been a Board Member for Children's Services and Education at London Councils. Former Chair of Lambeth First Board (LSP).

Business Tel: 0207 219 3000


My blog

Interests: Economic Regeneration,Health & Safety,Employment,Local Government

Commitee membership
  • Crossrail Two Group (Member)


Croydon South (House of Commons)

Rt Hon. Sir Richard Ottaway MP (Conservative)

Surgery: 36 Brighton Road

Surgery Tel: 020 7219 1590

MP Since - 1992 Majority - 15,818 Born - 24/05/1945. Married.
Education - Backwell School, Somerset, Bristol University and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
Previous Occupation - Royal Navy Officer (1961-70); Solicitor, specialising in international, maritime and commercial law. Partner in William A. Crump & Son (1981-87); Director, Coastal States Petroleum (UK) Ltd (1988-95).
Personal Overview - Has Royal Naval experience, as well as a legal career. He is now well into his second parliamentary spell, after losing his initial seat in 1987. After several years as a PPS to Michael Heseltine, he was made a Government Whip before the 1997 election and advanced to become an Opposition Spokesman in the 1997 Parliament, before being removed in 2001. His career was thought likely to remain on the back benches, but he made a brief reappearance on the opposition front bench after a break of several years with his appointment shadowing Environment in 2004. Returned to the Back benches and was rewarded by becoming a Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chair in 2010. Announced in October 2012 that he would be standing down at the next General Election.

Political History - MP Nottingham North (1983-87). MP Croydon South (1992-), Vice Chair, 1922 Committee. PPS to Ministers of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1985-87), PPS to Michael Heseltine (1992-95), Government Whip (1995-97), Member of the Procedure Select Committee (1996-97), Member of the Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2001-04). Opposition Whip (1997), Opposition Spokesman, Local Government & London (1997-1999), Opposition Defence Spokesman (1999-2000). Opposition Treasury Spokesman (2000-01). Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (2003-04), Defence Select Committee (2004-05). Shadow Secretary of State for Environment (2004-05). Member of the Conservative Party Board (2006-). Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (2010-). Member of the Liaison Select Committee (2010-).
Characteristics - Knighted (2013). Career is now likely to be confined to back bench committee memberships. Appointed to the Privy Council (2013).

Business Tel: 020 7219 6392


Interests: Small Business,Defence,General Trade & Industry,World Population,Energy

Commitee membership
  • Foreign Affairs Committee (Chairman)
  • Liaison Committee (Member)
  • State Boarding Schools Group (Member)
  • Choice at the End of Life Group (Member)
  • Football Group (Member)
  • ITV Group (Treasurer)
  • Jazz Appreciation Group (Member)
  • Middle Way Group (Member)
  • Nuclear Energy Group (Member)
  • Overseas Development Group (Member)
  • Population, Development and Reproductive Health Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Sailing and Marine Leisure Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Thameslink Route Group (Member)
  • Transatlantic and International Security Group (Member)
  • Britain-Nepal Group (Member)
  • British-Qatar Group (Member)
  • UK-Singapore Group (Treasurer)


London (European Parliament)

Mr Seb Dance MEP (Labour)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1981. Partner (Spencer Livermore, Labour Campaign Director).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Former Parliamentary Researcher and Special Advisor to Sean Woodward MP (As Northern Ireland Secretary). Worked for the international development charity ActionAid UK as a Government Relations Adviser.

Personal Overview - Elected from 4th place on Labour's London list in 2014, in what was a good year for the party in the capital. He has a career background working in the charity sector in a public affairs role for ActionAid, a charity which is primarily focussed on global poverty issues. He has also spent time as a Special Advisor to the last Labour Government on Northern Ireland in a role which involved trying to bring together historically divided communities. He is originally from South London and has been a Labour Party member from the age of 16, having campaigned for the party at both local and national elections.

Political History - MEP London Region (2014-). Member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa (2014-). Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Development (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a member of Unite and the Co-operative Party.

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45833


My blog

Interests: Environment,Poverty,Equal Opportunities,Charities,Northern Ireland,Employment

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


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