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John Michael Jack, CBE (born 17 September 1946) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom and was Member of Parliament for Fylde between 1987 and 2010, serving at various junior ministerial posts during the John Major administration.

Michael Jack

Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded bySir George Young
Succeeded byDawn Primarolo
Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
27 May 1993 – 5 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byDavid Curry
Succeeded byTony Baldry
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
14 April 1992 – 27 May 1993
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byAngela Rumbold
Succeeded byDavid Maclean
Member of Parliament
for Fylde
In office
12 June 1987 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byEdward Gardner
Succeeded byMark Menzies
Personal details
Born (1946-09-17) 17 September 1946 (age 72)
Folkestone, Kent, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Alison Jane Musgrave
Alma materUniversity of Leicester


Early lifeEdit

Michael Jack was born in Folkestone, Kent, England, the son of Ralph and Florence Jack. He attended Bradford Grammar School and then Bradford Institute of Technology (now the University of Bradford). At the University of Leicester, he received a BA in Economics, and a MPhil in Transport Economics. He worked for Procter & Gamble from 1971 to 1975. From 1975 to 1980 he worked at Marks & Spencer, being PA to Managing Director Lord Rayner from 1975 to 1976, National Chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1976 to 1977, Sales Director at LO Jeffs Ltd (a fresh produce supply company and part of Northern Foods) from 1981 to 1987. He has also been a member of the Eastern Area Electricity Consultative Council, and of the Mersey Regional Health Authority.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He contested Newcastle Central in February 1974. He was a Minister at the DSS from 1990–92, at the Home Office from 1992 to 1993, then at MAFF from 1993-95. From 1995-97, he was Financial Secretary to the Treasury. William Hague appointed him a member of his Shadow Cabinet in 1997 as Shadow Agriculture Minister, but he returned to the back-benches in 1998. He was Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. He was a pro-European, and was member of the Tory Reform Group.

He was appointed to the Privy Council in the 1997 New Year Honours. On 14 March 2008, Jack announced that he would stand down at the 2010 general election.[1] After he left Parliament he served as chairman of the Office of Tax Simplification and he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to tax policy.[2][3]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Alison Jane Musgrave in 1976, and they have two sons.

He is Chairman of the Hartington Group (based in Newport, Shropshire). He is a non-executive Director of Topps Tiles.


  1. ^ "Shock as MP Jack to quit seat". Blackpool Gazette. 15 March 2008.
  2. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N9.
  3. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List Archived 2 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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