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Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce has strong links with the two counties' MPs and MEPs and seeks to continually engage with key policy makers in all levels of government in order to ensure that businesses' concerns are voiced and priorities emphasised in government.

These are the main politicians that we seek to lobby on your business' behalf:

MPs (alphabetical by constituency)

Sajid Javid- Conservative (Bromsgrove) 
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP was appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in 14 July 2016.  Previously he was Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. His background is in banking, becoming the youngest Vice President in the history of Chase Manhattan Bank, before later working at Deutsche Bank.

Jesse Norman- Conservative (Hereford & Herefordshire South)
Following the recent election, Jesse Norman MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport on 14 June 2017. Previously Jesse was Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Educated at Oxford University, he has a PhD from University College London and has authored several books about prominent political philosophers. He also writes a column for the Hereford Times and a blog for The Telegraph.

Bill Wiggin- Conservative (Herefordshire North) 
Since May 2010 Bill Wiggin is MP for North Herefordshire. From 2010 to 2012 Bill served as a Minister in the Government Whip’s Office. His previous roles include Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. Prior to entering politics, he worked in foreign exchange for Commerzbank. Chamber member Special Metals Wiggin was founded by Bill's great grandfather.

Rachel Maclean- Conservative (Redditch) 
Rachel Maclean MP was appointed as MP in June 2017.Before going into politics Rachel founded a Birmingham based publishing company with her husband, specializing in IT and software content. Recently she also was co-founder of an HR software business. 

Robin Walker- Conservative (Worcester) 
Robin is currently serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Brexit Department. Previously, Robin was the Private Parliamentary Secretary to Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan. He was first elected as Conservative MP for Worcester in May 2010, following in the footsteps of his father, who served as the City's MP for over 30 years. Born and bred in Worcestershire, Robin has a background in business, progressing from executive to partner at international financial services organisation Finsbury Group.

Nigel Huddleston - Conservative (Worcestershire Mid) 
Elected in May 2015 and again in June 2017 as the MP for Mid-Worcestershire, Nigel previously worked at Google as the Industry Head of Travel and as a management consultant for Andersen and Deloitte, working in Los Angles for the entertainment and travel and tourism industry.  He studied Politics and Economics at Oxford University before going on to complete an MBA at UCLA.

Harriett Baldwin- Conservative (Worcestershire West) 
Harriett Baldwin was Appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence responsible for Defence Procurement in July 2016. Previously she was Economic Secretary to the Treasury.  Harriett Baldwin entered government as an Assistant Whip in the House of Commons in February 2014. Previously, she had been appointed to become the Prime Minster's Trade Envoy to Russia. Before going into politics, Harriett worked for JP Morgan Chase from 1986-2008, becoming Managing Director and Head of Currency Management.

Mark Garnier- Conservative (Wyre Forest) 
Mark has been the MP for Wyre Forest since 2010 and he is currently Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade. Mark's background is in investment banking and, more recently, he worked as a business consultant helping SMEs with strategic planning. He is also a governor of Kidderminster College.

MEPs (Alphabetical by political party)

Anthea McIntyre- Conservative
Anthea has served as an MEP since 2011. A Ross-on-Wye businesswoman, Anthea is  a director of IT and Management consultants MCP Systems, where she has worked since joining as a trainee in 1985. She presently serves in the Agriculture Committee and the Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs Committee.

Philip Bradbourn- Conservative 
An MEP for 15 years, Philip is Chairman of the Inter Parliamentary Delegation for relations with Canada and is spokesman on Regional Policy and Local Government for Conservative MEPs. In addition, he is a long serving Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. In 1994 he was awarded an OBE for public and political service.

Neena Gill- Labour 
Born in India, Neena first served in the European Parliament for a decade from 1999-2009, before achieving re-election in 2014. She has also worked as Chief Executive of ASRA Group and the Newlon Housing Group.

Sion Simon- Labour
Sion served as the MP for Birmingham Erdington from 2001-2010 and was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Further Education and Creative Industries. He has also worked as a Senior Manager for Guinness PLC, at the time a FTSE top 20 company, and is a season ticket holder at Chamber member West Bromwich Albion FC.

Bill Etheridge- UKIP 
Elected to the European Parliament this year, Bill previously stood in the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections for West Midlands police, finishing fourth with just over 7% of the vote.

James Carver- UKIP 
Born in Kent in the same hospital as party leader Nigel Farage, James was elected to the European Parliament in 2014. He previously stood in three general elections for UKIP; in 1997, 2001 and 2005. In addition to his duties as an MEP, James runs a family umbrella business.

Jill Seymour- UKIP 
Jill is also a UKIP Parish Councillor and a former saleswoman. She was a member of UKIP's National Executive Council from 2007-2010.

For more information please contact the Policy Team

policy@hwchamber.co.uk    01905 673615