|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Michael Trend|
|Majority||19,054 (38.4%) |
4 August 1965 |
|Alma mater||Wye College|
Adam Afriyie (born 4 August 1965) is a British Conservative Party politician, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Windsor. He was first elected at the 2005 general election and re-elected at the 2010 election.
The son of an English mother and a Ghanaian father, Afriyie was born in Wimbledon, London and grew up on a council estate in Peckham, going to the local Oliver Goldsmith Primary School. He was educated at Addey and Stanhope School and has a degree in agricultural economics from Wye College which was sold to Imperial College London.
Afriyie has seven half-siblings and one brother. He said of his upbringing: "I never knew my father until I was much older and my mother, Gwen, brought us up alone. She was my rock, the gel at the centre of my life, although her tumultuous relationships with different men made for a constant state of flux at the boundaries of our family."
Afriyie is chairman of Connect Support Services, an IT support company. Afriyie owned two thirds of DeHavilland, a news and information services company, which was sold to publishers Emap in 2005 for £18 million. He was also a regional finalist in the 2003 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year awards. He was a Governor of the Museum of London, a trustee of the Museum in Docklands and a director of Policy Exchange, a centre-right policy body.
Afriyie is an owner of Adfero, a search engine optimization business which produces thousands of short articles for corporate clients who require web content that features popular keywords in an attempt to appear at the top of Google's search rankings. The company is also known as Content Plus, NewsReach, DirectNews, Axon Media, and Axxon Media. Adfero turned over £9.4m in 2011 and made a pre-tax profit of £1.3m. Afriyie is the largest shareholder of the firm and he and his fellow directors split dividends of £2.2m in 2010 and 2011 and shared directors' pay of £3.6m over the last five years.
Member of Parliament
Afriyie was selected as Parliamentary candidate for the traditionally Conservative constituency of Windsor in October 2003. He was elected at the 2005 election with an increased share of the vote (49.5%) and a swing to the Conservatives of 1.2%. He is the Conservative Party's first mixed race MP, although he said in an interview with the Evening Standard he considers himself not as black but "post-racial". In the 2010 election, Afriyie was re-elected with an increased share of the vote (60.8%) and a swing to the Conservatives of 11.4%. He made his maiden speech on 20 May 2005.
In Parliament, he was a member of the Science and Technology select committee from 2005 until its abolition in July 2007, and has since been a member of the Children, Schools and Families select committee. He has been since 2010, the President of the Conservative Technology Forum.
He does not claim either a second home allowance or any travel expenses for his duties as an MP.
On 27 January 2013, the Sunday Times reported that Afriyie was being groomed as a possible successor to David Cameron as party leader, if the Conservative party fails to win a majority in the 2015 general election. However, he retorted, "I will never stand against David Cameron. I am 100% supportive of David Cameron."
In September 2004, he divorced his first wife, Romi. In May 2004, Adam and Romi Afriyie had won a libel case against the Mail on Sunday over a published article titled "What IDS's Mr Perfect didn't tell Tory bosses". The article was called a "hatchet job" by Darcus Howe in the New Statesman.
In August 2005, he married his second and current wife Tracy-Jane (née Newell), a barrister and former wife of London deputy mayor (then deputy leader of Westminster Council) Kit Malthouse. They have four children.
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- Adam Afriyie MP - Constituency website
- Adam Afriyie MP Conservative Party profile
- Windsor Conservatives
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
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