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Luke Patrick Graham MP (born June 1985) is a British Conservative Party politician who has since 2017 served as the Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire.[1] Since September 2018, Graham has served in the role of Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Cabinet Office.[2]

Luke Graham

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Member of Parliament
for Ochil and South Perthshire
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byTasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
Majority3,359 (6.2%)
Personal details
BornJune 1985 (age 34)
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield

HistoryEdit

Graham was born in Eldene, Swindon and was educated at the Dorcan Academy. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Economics and Social Policy in 2006.[3]

Prior to entering the Commons, he worked for eleven years as a qualified accountant for Tesco plc, including a spell in China during their failed expansion, as well as at Marks and Spencer plc.[4] He also worked in the United States on a business based on the Tough Mudder franchise.

Political careerEdit

Graham previously contested the constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire at the 2015 general election, finishing in third place with 20.7% of the vote.

His second attempt, at the 2017 United Kingdom general election, saw him defeat the sitting Scottish National Party MP, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh by 3,359 votes.[5]

In November 2018 he was the recipient of a £25,000 donation from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, which was donated to the Scottish Conservative Party for Graham's office.[6]

During the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, he was the finance director of Britain Stronger In Europe, the official Remain campaign.[7] He voted in favour of former Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to leave the European Union.[8]

Graham backed Michael Gove during the Conservative leadership contest,[9] he has however continued to vote with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in support of his Brexit policy including leaving with no deal on 31 October.

He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee from September 2017 until October 2018 and has subsequently served as a member of the Finance Committee for the House of Commons.[10][1]

In March 2019 a staff member working in Graham's constituency office was threatened by two men who allegedly said that "in an independent Scotland all of you will be hanging", banging on windows and shouting at the staffer.[11] Police Scotland stated they would be making inquiries.[11] Later that month, the police issued descriptions of individuals they would like to speak to relating to the incident.[12]

In July 2019 the SNP accused the Government of carrying out a "data breach"[13] when the Department for Exiting the European Union passed information relating to a constituent, sent by the SNP, to Graham's office. DExEU stated that including a sitting MP in correspondence mentioning their constituency was standard practice, but SNP deputy leader Keith Brown wrote to Sir Mark Sedwill stating the system was "completely broken."[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Luke Graham MP". UK Parliament.
  2. ^ GOV.uk, List of Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS): September 2018
  3. ^ Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017. Biteback Publishing. pp. 288–. ISBN 978-1-78590-278-9.
  4. ^ "Graham, Luke Patrick". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  5. ^ https://www.alloaadvertiser.com/news/15338029.conservative-luke-graham-takes-the-seat-for-ochil-and-south-perthshire/
  6. ^ Scottish Political Editor, Kieran Andrews (30 November 2018). "Labour benefactor Lord Sainsbury donates £25,000 to Scottish Conservatives MP". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Majority of new Conservative MPs backed UK to remain in EU". Financial Times.
  8. ^ Drury, Colin (20 March 2019). "Did your MP vote for or against Theresa May's Brexit deal?". The Independent. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Full list: Tory leadership contenders and MPs backing them". The Spectator. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Election to the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament". Luke Graham MP.
  11. ^ a b "MP's staff member threatened at office". 14 March 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  12. ^ Dickie, Douglas (18 March 2019). "Hunt for duo who abused MP's member of staff". dailyrecord. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  13. ^ Association, Press (11 July 2019). "SNP demands full probe as UK Government officials admit data breach". Evening Express. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  14. ^ Malik, Paul. "Perthshire MP says contacting constituent after 'date breach' is standard practice". The Courier. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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