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John Crocket Bowis OBE (born 2 August 1945 in Brighton, East Sussex) is a former Conservative MP and MEP.

John Bowis

Member of the European Parliament
for London
In office
15 July 1999 – 1 July 2014
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byMarina Yannakoudakis
Member of Parliament
for Battersea
In office
11 June 1987 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byAlf Dubs
Succeeded byMartin Linton
Personal details
John Crocket Bowis

(1945-08-02) 2 August 1945 (age 73)
Brighton, East Sussex
Political partyConservative
Alma materBrasenose College, Oxford



John Bowis was educated at Tonbridge School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Political lifeEdit

He was first elected at the 1987 general election as Member of Parliament for Battersea. From 1993 to 1996 he was a health minister and from 1996 to 1997 he was a transport minister, before losing his parliamentary seat at the 1997 general election.

At the 1999 European Parliament election Bowis was elected to represent the London region. He was re-elected in 2004, and stood down at the 2009 election.

He has been National Secretary of the Federation of Conservative Students and worked at the Institute of Psychiatry.

He is an active member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

He has served as president of Gay Conservatives, an LGBT group within the Conservative Party.[1]

He is the incumbent vice president of the Conservative Group for Europe (CGE).[2]


  1. ^ "Gay Conservatives President Re-elected". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.
  2. ^ "People". Conservative Group for Europe. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

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