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Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds MP)

Sir Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown MP FRICS (born 23 March 1953)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician and comes from a family with a history of parliamentary service.[2] He is the Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom constituency of The Cotswolds, Vice-President of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, as well as the Chairman of the International Office and Treasurer of the 1922 Committee. He takes a keen interest in UK China relations and is chair of the Conservative Friends of the Chinese. Clifton-Brown has interests in wildlife conservation, also country living and has been the managing director of a farming company since 1979. He is a Freeman of the City of London.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

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Member of Parliament
for The Cotswolds (2010– )
Cotswold (1997-2010)
Cirencester and Tewkesbury (1992-1997)
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded byNicholas Ridley
Majority25,499 (42.3%)
Personal details
Born (1953-03-23) 23 March 1953 (age 66)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Political partyConservative
Alexandra Peto-Shepherd
(m. 1979; div. 2004)
ChildrenJacqueline, Edward
Alma materRoyal Agricultural College
OccupationMember of Parliament
ProfessionPolitician and Surveyor

Early careerEdit

Clifton-Brown, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Clifton-Brown, was born in Cambridge. He was educated at Tormore School, in Upper Deal, Kent and then Eton College, before attending the Royal Agricultural College where he qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1975. He began his career as a graduate estate surveyor at the Property Services Agency in Dorchester and, later in 1975, became an investment surveyor with Jones Lang Wootton. He became the vice chairman of the Norfolk North Conservative Association in 1984. He was elected as Constituency Chairman in 1986, a position he held until he resigned in 1991 in order to stand for election as a Conservative candidate.

Parliamentary careerEdit

During 1991, Clifton-Brown was selected as the candidate for the then Conservative parliamentary constituency of Cirencester and Tewkesbury, following the retirement of the former Cabinet minister Nicholas Ridley. He retained the seat at the 1992 general election, with a majority of 16,058, and made his maiden speech on 12 June 1992.[3]

When newly elected he became a member of the Environment Select Committee, where he remained until 1995. Clifton-Brown was then appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Douglas Hogg, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Later his constituency was abolished, but he contested and was elected for the newly drawn constituency of Cotswold at the 1997 general election and returned to Parliament as a backbencher, whilst William Hague was the Leader of the Opposition. After Iain Duncan Smith became leader of the Conservative Party, Clifton-Brown became the Shadow Minister for Local and Devolved Government Affairs in 2002.[4]

After the 2005 general election, he retained the seat of Cotswold and returned to Westminster as assistant Chief Conservative Whip. On the accession of David Cameron as Leader of the Conservative Party, he was appointed the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment.[4]

After the 2010 election and the formation of the subsequent Coalition Government, Clifton-Brown returned to the back benches, also making overseas visits in his role as Chairman of the Conservative Party's International Office. At this time he became the Parliamentary Chairman of the Conservative Friends of the Chinese.[4]

In January 2016, the Labour Party unsuccessfully proposed an amendment in Parliament that would have required private landlords to make their homes "fit for human habitation". According to Parliament's register of interests, Clifton-Brown was one of 72 Conservative MPs who voted against the amendment who personally derived an income from renting out property. The Conservative Government had responded to the amendment that they believed homes should be fit for human habitation but did not want to pass the new law that would explicitly require it.[5]

Clifton-Brown was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for political and public service.[6]

On 1 October 2019, Clifton-Brown was asked to leave the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester after a dispute with security staff when he tried to enter a room with a guest without the relevant pass. Clifton-Brown later apologised and described the incident as a "minor verbal misunderstanding."[7]

Political heritageEdit

Clifton-Brown is related to seven other previous members of Parliament, including Geoffrey Benedict Clifton-Brown, also Douglas Clifton Brown and Harry Hylton-Foster who both became Speaker of the British House of Commons. Howard Clifton Brown was elected as member of Parliament on several occasions.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Clifton-Brown married Alexandra Peto-Shepherd in 1979. They have one son and one daughter. They divorced in 2004.[9]


  1. ^ "Edward Robert Clifton-Brown". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Keeping it in the family". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Hansard report. Cirencester and Tewkesbury 1992". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Geoffrey Clifton-Brown biography". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation". Independent. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  6. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.
  7. ^ "Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: MP kicked out of Tory conference after clash". BBC News. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  8. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 293. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  9. ^ "Clifton-Brown, Sir Geoffrey". UK Who's Who. Retrieved 1 October 2019.

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