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Encyclopedia > John Redwood
The Rt Hon. John Redwood

In office
15 June 1999 – 2 February 2000
Leader William Hague
Preceded by Gillian Shephard
Succeeded by Archie Norman

In office
11 June 1997 – 15 June 1999
Preceded by Margaret Beckett
Succeeded by Angela Browning

In office
27 May 1993 – 26 June 1995
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by David Hunt
Succeeded by David Hunt

Born June 15, 1951 (1951-06-15) (age 56)
Flag of England Dover, Kent, UK
Political party Conservative
Religion Roman Catholic

John Alan Redwood (born 15 June 1951 in Dover, Kent) is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Wokingham. Formerly Secretary of State for Wales in John Major's Cabinet, he challenged Major for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1995. He is currently co-chairman of the Conservative Party's Policy Review Group on Economic Competitiveness. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions was a UK Cabinet position created in 1997, with responsibility for the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions. ... is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... 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Early Life

Redwood had a brilliant academic career behind him (first attending Kent College, Canterbury before graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford. He has been a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford since 1972 and is currently a visiting professor at Middlesex University). Kent College, Canterbury is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18, founded in 1885. ... College name Magdalen College Latin name Collegium Beatae Mariae Magdalenae Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister college Magdalene College, Cambridge President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Jessica Jones Undergraduates 395 MCR President Eloise Scotford Graduates 230 Location of Magdalen College within central Oxford , Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced... College name All Souls College Collegium Omnium Animarum Named after Feast of All Souls Established 1438 Sister College Trinity Hall, Cambridge Warden Dr. John Davis JCR President None Undergraduates None MCR President None Graduates 8 (approx. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Middlesex University is a university in north London, England, located in the historic county boundaries of Middlesex (from which it takes its name). ...


Member of Parliament

He was an Oxfordshire County Councillor in the 1970s and became MP for Wokingham in 1987 having previously been the head of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit in the early to mid 1980s. He was soon made a Minister, joining the front bench in 1989 as Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the DTI for Corporate Affairs. Promoted to Minister of State in 1990, he supervised the liberalisation of the telecoms industry. He became Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities after the 1992 election where he successfully saw through the abolition of the poll tax and its replacement with council tax. Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... It has been suggested that Wokingham (borough) be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first (and, to date, only) woman to hold either post. ...


In government

By 1993 he was in the cabinet, as Secretary of State for Wales. This role was usually expected to go to an MP for a Welsh constituency, but the 1992 general election had left the Conservatives with only six MPs in Wales, and it was felt that none of them was sufficiently experienced to serve as a cabinet minister. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Secretary of State for Wales is the head of the Wales Office within the United Kingdom cabinet. ... This article is about the country. ... The UK general election, 1992 was held on April 9, 1992, and was the fourth victory in a row for the Conservatives. ...


Redwood was an energetic and somewhat controversial Secretary of State for Wales. He was an exponent of keeping open smaller, older and rural hospitals against the national trend of concentrating larger hospitals in the big cities. He also launched a scheme to provide more funding for popular schools with high numbers of applicants and concentrated extra expenditure on health and education services away from administrative overheads. Despite this, Redwood's perceived haughty manner and apparent disregard for national feeling did not endear him to some of the population, perhaps most notoriously when in 1995 he returned £100,000,000 of Wales' block grant to the UK treasury unspent and when he made a speech in Cardiff stating that before state aid be granted to single mothers, the father should first be contacted to help financially. However, this position has now been adopted by all mainstream political parties in the UK. Redwood's most famous gaffe was his attempt to mime to the Welsh national anthem at a public event, when he appeared to not know the words. Redwood did later sing the Welsh national anthem at numerous events in Wales. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (pronounced , usually translated as land of our fathers init, but literally old country of my fathers) is, by tradition, the national anthem of Wales. ...


Shadow Cabinet

When John Major tendered his resignation as Conservative leader in 1995, Redwood resigned from the cabinet and stood against Major in the subsequent party leadership election. It was on the question of the European Union that Redwood took issue with the party leadership, taking a eurosceptic stance. On this occasion Redwood received 89 votes, around a quarter of the then Parliamentary party. When Major resigned after the 1997 general election defeat, Redwood stood for the leadership again, and was again defeated, though he secured more support than rival candidates Peter Lilley and Michael Howard. For other persons named John Major, see John Major (disambiguation). ... The 1995 Conservative leadership election was initiated when incumbent leader and Prime Minister John Major resigned as leader on June 22, 1995, in order to face down critics within his party. ... Euroscepticism is scepticism about, or disagreement with, the purposes of the European Union, sometimes coupled with a desire to preserve national sovereignty. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Peter Bruce Lilley (born August 23, 1943, Hayes, Kent, England, educated at Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament MP since 1983. ... The Rt Hon. ...


He served in the Shadow Cabinet of eventual winner William Hague, shadowing first the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and then the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, but was controversially dropped in a mini-reshuffle in 2000. In 2001 Hague's successor, Iain Duncan Smith offered Redwood the Shadow Trade and Industry portfolio once more, but he declined. He remained a potent presence on the back benches, making fierce attacks on the government and writing books and pamphlets denouncing the European Union and praising US capitalism. Among the many groups he has published pamphlets for are the Bruges Group, Research Centre Free Europe and the Selsdon Group. The Official Loyal Opposition Shadow Cabinet (normally referred to simply as The Shadow Cabinet) is, in British parliamentary practice, a group of members from Her Majestys Loyal Opposition whose job it is to scrutinise their opposite numbers in government and come up with alternative policies. ... William Jefferson Hague (born 26 March 1961) is a British politician, the Member of Parliament for Richmond, North Yorkshire, former leader of the Conservative Party, and current Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary. ... The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is a cabinet position in the United Kingdom government. ... The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions was a UK Cabinet position created in 1997, with responsibility for the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Rt. ... The Bruges Group is a euro-sceptic think tank which is often associated with the British Conservative Party (although this has been disputed). ... Research Centre Free Europe (Uurimiskeskus Vaba Euroopa in Estonian) is a Eurosceptic think-tank and research centre based in Tallinn, Estonia. ... The ...


On 8 September 2004, Michael Howard (by now Leader of the Opposition) added him to the Shadow Cabinet as spokesman on deregulation (a post without a direct counterpart in the current government), in a move seen by many commentators as a reaction to the relative success of the United Kingdom Independence Party in the 2004 European Parliament election. is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly known as UKIP, pronounced //) is a British political party. ... Elections to the European Parliament were held from June 10, 2004 to June 13, 2004 in the 25 member states of the European Union, using varying election days according to local custom. ...


During the 2005 Conservative leadership campaign, Redwood supported first Liam Fox and then David Cameron. He was appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party's new Policy Review Group on Economic Competitiveness by Cameron in December 2005. The 2005 Conservative leadership election was announced by party leader Michael Howard on May 6, 2005, when he announced that he would be stepping down as leader in the near future. ... Dr. Liam Fox (born September 22, 1961) is a UK Conservative politician, currently Shadow Defence Secretary and Member of Parliament for Woodspring. ... For the Canadian ice hockey player, see Dave Cameron. ...


Redwood has also been an active writer of books, including: Stars and Strife, Superpower Struggles, Singing the Blues, The Death of Britain, Our Currency Our Country and Just Say No: 100 Arguments Against The Euro. His latest book, I Want to Make a Difference - But I Don't Like Politics, examines the reasons for the decline in turnout at UK elections and was published in October 2006. He is also a regular contributor to The Times newspaper and contributes to Freedom Today, the journal of the Freedom Association, and The Business and appeared on 18 Doughty Street Talk TV in December 2006. The Death of Britain is one of John Redwoods books, in which he explores the constitutional crises facing Britain via reforms implemented by the incumbent Labour government such as devolution and House of Lords reform. ... In this book the Conservative politician John Redwood argues that the single currency is a bad idea for both political, economic and legal reasons. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1788. ... The Freedom Association is a free market libertarian pressure group pledged to support individual freedom in the United Kingdom. ... The Freedom Association is a right-wing British pressure group. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... 18 Doughty Street is a planned Internet-based political TV station that is due for launch on 10 October 2006. ...


Satirised

Redwood's appearance has led to some commentators, originally his former colleague turned political sketch-writer, Matthew Parris, noting similarities between him and Star Trek's Mr. Spock and so Redwood is often called a Vulcan. In line with this, political cartoonists often draw him with pointed ears. It is a comparison which Redwood has seemingly taken in good humour. Redwood was once described by a fellow Parliamentarian as being "as pleasant as a Rat Sandwich". Matthew Parris (born August 7, 1949 in Johannesburg) is a journalist and former Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Spock, commonly called Mr. ... It has been suggested that Tplana-hath be merged into this article or section. ...


External links

  • John Redwood MP official site
  • John Redwood's Diary official blog
  • Conservative Party - John Redwood MP official site
  • ePolitix - Rt Hon John Redwood profile
  • Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: John Redwood MP
  • TheyWorkForYou.com - John Redwood MP
  • The Public Whip - John Redwood MP voting record
  • BBC News - John Redwood profile 16 October, 2002
  • Open Directory Project - John Redwood directory category

Offices Held

Parliament of the United Kingdom (1801–present)
Preceded by
William van Straubenzee
Member of Parliament for Wokingham
1987 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
David Hunt
Secretary of State for Wales
1993–1995
Succeeded by
William Hague

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John "Tharg The Magnificent" Redwood (born 1000, Andromeda) is the member of parliament for Wokingham, England and indeed the only extraterrestrial member of that August body.
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John Alan Redwood (born June 15, 1951 in Dover, Kent) is a British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Wokingham and formerly Shadow Secretary of State for Deregulation in the Shadow Cabinet.
However, Redwood's perceived haughty manner and apparent disregard for national feeling did not endear him to some of the population, most notoriously when in 1995 he returned £100,000,000 of Wales' block grant to the UK treasury unspent, and it was a relief to his opponents when he was succeeded by William Hague later that year.
Redwood's most famous gaffe was his attempt to mime to the Welsh national anthem at a public event, when he appeared not to know the words.
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