James Roger Cartlidge MP (born 30 April 1974) is a British
Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament
(MP) for South Suffolk since May 2015.
1 Early life and education
2 Business career
3 Political career
4 Personal life
6 External links
Early life and education
James Cartlidge was born on 30 April 1974. He was educated at Queen
Elizabeth's School, a state grammar school for boys in the market
Chipping Barnet in north west London, followed by the
University of Manchester, where he studied Economics.
Cartlidge's professional background is as an entrepreneur, having
founded Share to Buy ltd, a shared ownership property portal, mortgage
broker and host of the ‘
London Home Show’, the capital’s biggest
event for first time buyers.
Cartlidge stood for parliament in Lewisham Deptford in the 2005
general election finishing third with 12.4% of the vote. He was also
an elected member of Babergh District Council before his election to
the House of Commons in May 2015.
Cartlidge fractionally more than doubled majority in the South Suffolk
constituency to 17,545 more votes than the next candidate's 10,001
votes, his first election seeing a change in the party of the
candidate who finished as runner-up, to the Labour Party and gaining
2,996 votes more than the veteran MP for the seat
Tim Yeo who retired
before Cartlidge's election, having been de-selected.
Cartlidge has championed South Suffolk produce and one of his first
political acts was to bring a barrel of beer from Suffolk into the
House of Commons, which he drank with his new parliamentary
colleagues. He also held a South Suffolk Food Day in the House of
Commons which featured businesses such as Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk Food
Hall and Gifford’s Hall Vineyard. The then Secretary of State for
the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon
Elizabeth Truss MP attended the event and spoke to the producers about
Cartlidge has worked to improve mobile phone signal in the
constituency and launched a campaign in Boxford for greater efforts to
provide mobile telephone signal in 'not-spots'. He has taken a
train journey from Sudbury to Marks Tey with Rail Executives from
Abellio Greater Anglia, Network Rail and the Department for Transport
to highlight issues for people travelling by train in the
Cartlidge was elected to the Public Accounts Commission in November
2015 and the Work and Pensions Committee in October 2016.
Cartlidge was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.
Cartlidge is married to Emily, with whom he has four children. His
father-in-law is his fellow Conservative MP, Gerald Howarth, the
Member of Parliament for Aldershot.
^ a b "Bringing an expert view on housing to the House". Queen
Elizabeth's School, Barnet. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
^ Suffolk South Parliamentary constituency, BBC News
^ Biography UK Parliament website. Accessed 26 May 2015.
^ MPs set to slake their thirst with a pint of Sudbury’s finest
Pickwick Bitter Archived 2 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.,
Stowmarket Mercury, 12 June 2015
^ Emma Brennan (6 February 2016). "Boxford launch of petition to
improve mobile phone signals in rural areas - Latest Suffolk and Essex
News". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
^ "How to avoid 'leafgate' this year". Suffolk Free Press. 14 July
2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
^ New MP
James Cartlidge tackles railway issues between Sudbury and
Marks Tey Archived 2 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine., Stowmarket
Mercury, 19 May 2015
James Cartlidge MP - UK Parliament". parliament.uk. Retrieved 31
^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who
doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11
^ "House of Commons
Hansard Debates for 01 Jun 2015 (pt 0002)".
publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
Contributions in Parliament at
Voting record at Public Whip
Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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Conservative Party MPs in the East of England