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John Glen (politician)

John Philip Glen MP (born 1 April 1974[3]) is a British Conservative Party politician and former management consultant who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salisbury in Wiltshire since the 2010 general election. Formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, he currently serves as Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister.

John Glen

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Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byStephen Barclay
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for the Arts, Tourism and Heritage
In office
14 June 2017 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byTracey Crouch
Succeeded byMichael Ellis
Member of Parliament
for Salisbury
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byRobert Key
Majority17,333 (32.6%)
Personal details
Born (1974-04-01) 1 April 1974 (age 45)
Bath, Somerset, England[1]
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Emma Glen[2]
Alma materMansfield College, Oxford
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
King's College London

Early life and careerEdit

Glen was born in Bath on 1 April 1974, and was brought up in a small family horticultural business in rural Wiltshire. He was privately educated at King Edward's School, Bath[4] where he was Head Boy, and Mansfield College, Oxford, where he read Modern History and was elected President of Mansfield College JCR. He was the first person in his family to go to university.

After graduating from Oxford, Glen worked for two Conservative Party Ministers in 1996–1997. He helped with the unsuccessful campaign to get the Conservative Party candidate, Michael Bates, elected in the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland at the 1997 general election. Following the election of a Labour government in 1997, he joined the Strategy practice of Accenture, a large management consultancy firm. Whilst there he worked on projects for Glaxo Wellcome, BP and the Post Office. In 2000, Glen went to work for William Hague, who was then Leader of the Conservative Party. In his role as Head of the Political Section of the Conservative Research Department, he helped prepare Hague for Prime Minister's Question Time and briefed the Shadow Cabinet for media appearances.

Glen was one of the youngest candidates at the 2001 general election, when he unsuccessfully stood in Plymouth Devonport as the Conservative candidate. He came second, achieving 27.1% of the vote and a 2.9% swing.[5] Following the election, he took an MBA at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge,[6] and worked in the oil and gas industries in the UK and in the United States.

Early in 2004, he returned to the Conservative Party to work as Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department in the run-up to the 2005 general election. He then became Director of the department and set up the secretariat for the policy review that was established after David Cameron became party leader. He returned to business in 2006, managing his firm's relationship with the World Economic Forum. He became a Magistrate (JP) at Horseferry Road, Westminster in 2006.

Parliamentary careerEdit

Glen was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salisbury at the 2010 general election. A safe Conservative seat, his percentage share of the vote showed an increase over the previous election in 2005.[7]

In 2010, Glen was criticised[by whom?] for being one of eight MPs claiming public expenses to rent houses or pay for hotel rooms in London, despite already owning homes in the capital that the MPs rented out to provide themselves with additional income. The practice was entirely legal.[8]

Glen was criticised in 2012 by campaigners for employing an intern from a charity that had recently sponsored an event where a "cure" for homosexuality was discussed. Glen argued that the views expressed at the conference were those of one specific lecturer and were not advocated by the charity more generally.[9]

In the September 2012 reshuffle, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. He was succeeded by Henry Smith in May 2015.

On 31 January 2013, Glen published a paper titled 'Completing the Reform, Freeing the Universities' as a member of the Free Enterprise Group of MPs.[10] The paper advocated encouraging universities to build up endowments, which could then replace income from grants; reforms to the tuition fee cap towards "total course costs" instead of per-year caps, and allowing fee differentials by subject group; changes to the way in which research funding is allocated; and administrative savings by the Research Councils and the Office of Fair Access.[11] He wrote an op-ed for the Daily Telegraph about the policies advocated in the paper, titled 'Tuition fees cannot be the last reform of university funding'.[12] The paper also received coverage in the Times Higher Education magazine and was described as a possible basis for university policy in the next Conservative manifesto.[13]

In June 2013, Glen joined the Delete Blood Cancer register at an event in Parliament. Despite the 1 in 1200 chance of being matched with a cancer sufferer, less than a year later he had been matched with a blood cancer patient. In January 2015, Glen donated his blood stem cells at The London Clinic, enabling the patient to have a second chance at life.[14][15]

In 2014, he sat on the Downing Street Policy Board with responsibility for constitutional affairs.[16] In a 2014 survey by a non-campaigning website which enables constituents to contact their MP, Glen was ranked as the second most responsive MP.[17] In 2015 he completed an MA in International Security and Strategy, with distinction, at King's College London through the Royal College of Defence Studies.[18]

He retained his seat at the 2015 election with 55.6% of the vote – an increase of 6.4% from 2010.[19] Subsequently, Glen was made PPS to Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP.[20]

Despite describing himself as a Eurosceptic, Glen was a 'reluctant remainer' prior to the 2016 referendum as he did not feel that it was the right time for the UK to leave the European Union.[21][22] He later voted to trigger Article 50.

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, Glen 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.[23]

Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister in July 2016, Glen was made PPS to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.[24] Following the 2017 election, Glen was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.[25]

In the House of Commons he has sat on the Work and Pensions Committee, the Defence Committee and the Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee).[26] He also sits on a number of All-party parliamentary groups (APPGs). He is the Chair of the APPG on Global Uncertainties which exists to inform parliamentarians of the activities of the UK Research Councils in response to global security challenges[27] and is vice-chair of the Carpet Industry APPG.[28][29]

Glen played a significant contributory role[30] in the APPG Hunger and Food Poverty's inquiry, Feeding Britain.[31] Additionally, he is Secretary for the British Council APPG which took him on a visit to Kabul, and a member of APPG Egypt and APPG Parents and Families.[32] His website lists his further APPG memberships as: Archives and History, British Council (Appointed Secretary in 2011), British-Maldives Parliamentary Group, Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis, Constitution, Parliament and Citizenship, Historic Churches, Malaysia, Nuclear Energy, Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, Suicide and Self Harm Prevention, and Voice UK.[32]

Political viewsEdit

Tim Montgomerie, former Times columnist and Editor of ConservativeHome,[33] has described John Glen as a "full spectrum Conservative" – meaning one who is Eurosceptic and supportive of low taxation, but also concerned with social issues and the environment.[34]

Social issuesEdit

Glen took part in the APPG on Hunger and Food Poverty inquiry, and argued that prosperity needs to be shared, and that the Department for Work and Pensions should improve benefit payment reliability to prevent the need for foodbank use.[35] Trussell Trust chairman Chris Mould and CEO David McAuley said that Glen "been very supportive of The Trussell Trust and has played an important role as a key member of the APPG Inquiry Panel".[30] He welcomed the rise in the minimum wage and supports employers paying the living wage.[36]

Ethics and religionEdit

He is an advocate for religious education.[37] On 5 February 2013, he voted against allowing same-sex couples to marry due to his Christian beliefs. This decision was condemned by Nick Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury at the time.[38] On anti-mitochondrial donation therapy, Glen described himself as "instinctively cautious about technologies that, while noble in intent, could potentially open the door to the development of 'genetically modified babies'".[39] He is a trustee and chairman of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.

Personal lifeEdit

John is married to Emma and he has two step children: William and Emily.[40]


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  14. ^ "One in a million chance: MP's lifesaving stem cell donation". Salisbury Journal.
  15. ^ "Salisbury MP John Glen in blood stem cell donation". BBC News. 28 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Fair deal for whole of UK". Your Valley News.
  17. ^ "John Glen will get back to you, survey says". Salisbury Journal.
  18. ^ "Masters degree for Salisbury's MP!". Spire FM. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
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  20. ^ "Government role for Glen". Salisbury Journal.
  21. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Despite my scepticism, I will be reluctantly voting to remain". John Glen.
  23. ^ "Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation". Independent. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  24. ^ "John Glen on Twitter". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Karen Bradley welcomes DCMS Ministers". Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  26. ^ "John Glen". Parliament UK. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  27. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 30 March 2015: Global Uncertainties".
  28. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 30 March 2015: Carpet Industry".
  29. ^ "The Carpet Foundation – All you need to know about carpet and carpets".
  30. ^ a b "Trust's backing for plans to get rid of food poverty".
  31. ^ "".
  32. ^ a b "John Glen MP – Working hard for the people of Salisbury and South Wiltshire".
  33. ^ "Tim Montgomerie – The Times".
  34. ^ I'm backing John Glen for Salisbury [4]Conservative Home
  35. ^ "John Glen MP: How to make food banks even more effective". Conservative Home.
  36. ^ "Old Sarum business named and shamed for not paying minimum wage". Salisbury Journal.
  37. ^ "John Glen on Twitter". Twitter.
  38. ^ "Church split as senior bishop comes out in favour of gay marriage". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  39. ^ "Unresolved issues on 'three parent children'". Salisbury Journal.
  40. ^ "About John". Personal website. Retrieved 23 September 2018.

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