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Simon Anthony Hart[3] MP (born 15 August 1963)[4] is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected in the 2010 general election and re-elected in the 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, defeating the previous Labour MP Nick Ainger who had represented the constituency since its creation in 1997.[5]

Simon Hart

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Minister for Implementation
Assumed office
27 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byOliver Dowden
Member of Parliament
for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byNick Ainger
Majority3,110 (7.3%)[1]
Personal details
Born (1963-08-15) 15 August 1963 (age 56)
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservatives
Spouse(s)Abigail Kate Hart[2]
Alma materRoyal Agricultural College
Websitewww.simon-hart.com

Early lifeEdit

Hart was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in the Cotswolds. He was privately educated at Radley College before attending the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester.[6] He worked as a Chartered Surveyor in Carmarthen and Haverfordwest and served with the Territorial Army for five years in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (part of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry).

Hart was Master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt for 10 years from 1988 to the end of the 1997/8 season.[7]

Hart was Chief Executive of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, 2003–2010, stepping down after his election as MP. Since 2015, Hart is in receipt of £30,000 per annum for 8 hours work per week from them.[8]

Political careerEdit

Hart has been the MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire since 2010. He has consistently voted against same-sex marriage[9]

On 27 July 2019 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office in Boris Johnson's administration.[10]

Countryside Alliance and Animal RightsEdit

Hart is an outspoken supporter of hunting and the badger cull. He actively campaigns to overturn the 2004 Hunting Bill and assist the National Farmers Union of England and Wales.[11]

Upon stepping down as Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, Hart received a one off severance payment equivalent to 6 months' salary.[12]

In January 2013, Hart said the RSPCA's legal role needs more oversight given its "political and commercial activities".[13] He said that the RSPCA [has] a duty to spend its members' money wisely.[citation needed]

BrexitEdit

Hart was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Hart lives in London and Llanmill near Narberth in Pembrokeshire with his wife Abigail and their two children.[15] He employs his wife as his Office Manager on an annual salary up to £35,000.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Carmarthen West & Pembrokeshire South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ Commons, House of. "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8746.
  4. ^ "Hart, Simon Anthony". 1 December 2012. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U4000714. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ All change in Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire BBC News, 7 May 2010
  6. ^ "Simon Hart". Telegraph.co.uk UK Political Database. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012.
  7. ^ "South Pembrokeshire Hunt 2018-2019 Season Brochure" (PDF).
  8. ^ "The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Hart, Simon (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)". parliament.uk. 3 December 2018.
  9. ^ "MP-by-MP: Gay marriage vote". BBC News. 5 February 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Simon Hart MP - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  11. ^ "NFU Cymru members express concern for future of the dairy industry to local MP". NFU Cymru. 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013.
  12. ^ Simon Hart Register of Members' Interests, theyworkforyou
  13. ^ "RSPCA anti-hunting lawsuits driven by 'animal rights ideology'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "MP website". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  16. ^ "They Work For You". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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