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JAMES ROGER CARTLIDGE (born 30 April 1974) is a British Conservative Party politician . He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Suffolk since May 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life and education * 2 Business career * 3 Political career * 4 Personal life * 5 References

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

James Cartlidge
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 town of Chipping Barnet
Chipping Barnet
in north west London, followed by the University of Manchester
University of Manchester
, where he studied Economics.

BUSINESS CAREER

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
London
Home Show’, the capital’s biggest event for first time buyers.

POLITICAL CAREER

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 their businesses.

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 constituency.

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 .

PERSONAL LIFE

Cartlidge is married to Emily, with whom he has four children. His father-in-law is his fellow Conservative MP, Gerald Howarth , the former Member of Parliament for Aldershot .

REFERENCES

* ^ 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
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
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
James Cartlidge
tackles railway issues between Sudbury and Marks Tey Archived 2 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
., Stowmarket Mercury, 19 May 2015 * ^ " James Cartlidge
James Cartlidge
MP - UK Parliament". parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2017. * ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn\'t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. * ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 01 Jun 2015 (pt 0002)". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

PARLIAMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

Preceded by Tim Yeo Member of Parliament for South Suffolk 2015 –present INCUMBENT

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Conservative Party MPs in the East of England
England

* Bim Afolami * Peter Aldous * Heidi Allen * David Amess * Richard Bacon * Kemi Badenoch * Stephen Barclay * John Baron * Henry Bellingham * Alex Burghart * Alistair Burt * James Cartlidge * Jo Churchill * James Cleverly * Thérèse Coffey * Jonathan Djanogly
Jonathan Djanogly
* Nadine Dorries * Oliver Dowden * Jackie Doyle-Price * James Duddridge * Mark Francois *