Crispin Blunt was re-elected MP for Reigate on May 7th 2015 with 29151 votes, taking 56.8% of the vote.
Crispin Blunt was born in 1960, and is married to Victoria with two children. He was educated at Wellington College, and The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he won the Queen’s Medal, gaining a Regular Commission, before reading Politics at the University of Durham between 1981 and 1984, where he was elected President of the Union Society in 1983 and graduated with a 2/1. In 1991 he gained an MBA at Cranfield University School of Management.
In 1979 Crispin Blunt was commissioned as an Army Officer into the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) and served until 1990. During the 1980’s he was stationed in Cyprus, Germany and the UK, serving as a Troop Leader, Regimental Operations Officer and Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, resigning his commission as a Captain in 1990.
In 1992 Crispin Blunt contested his first Parliamentary seat in West Bromwich East for the Conservative Party. Between 1991-1992 Crispin was a self employed representative of Forum of Private Business, and a Political Consultant. In 1993 Crispin was appointed as Special Adviser to Malcolm Rifkind the Secretary of State for Defence, and worked in the same capacity when Malcolm Rifkind became Foreign Secretary between 1995 and 1997.
In May 1997 Crispin Blunt was elected to Parliament as Member for Reigate in Surrey and was subsequently appointed to the House of Commons Defence Select Commmittee. In July 1997 he was elected as Secretary of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Committee and the Conservative Middle East Council. In May 2000 Crispin joined the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee.
In June 2001 Crispin Blunt was re elected as Member of Parliament for Reigate with an increased majority of 8025. Iain Duncan Smith appointed him to the Opposition front bench as Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland in September 2001. In July 2002 he was appointed as deputy to Tim Yeo, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, where he had shadow ministerial responsibility for trade, energy and science. Crispin Blunt resigned this position in May 2003 and served again on the Defence Select Committee from December 2003 to October 2004, when Crispin returned to the Conservative front bench as an Opposition Whip under Michael Howard.
In May 2005 Crispin was returned as the MP for Reigate with an increased majority and continues to serve as an Opposition Whip under David Cameron’s leadership.
Crispin Blunt became Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council in 2004. Between 2010 and 2012 he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Youth Justice, and in June 2015 he was appointed Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
Crispin’s main enthusiasms and occupations away from work are his family and cricket. Crispin plays for the Lords and Commons team, and the Reigate Priory Cavaliers. Other interests include travel, bridge, food and wine and historical novels.
Constituency Address: 83 Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7AN
Constituency Tel: 01737 222756
Date of Birth: 15 July 1960
Personal Website: http://www.blunt4reigate.com/
Westminster Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Westminster Tel: 0207 219 2254
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