Christopher PincherMember of Parliament for Tamworth
Christopher Pincher has been a member of the Conservative Party since the age of 18. After reading history at London School of Economics, Pincher became involved in party activism, rising first to deputy director of the Conservative Collegiate Forum and later to chair of the Islington North Conservative Association. Pincher made his first election attempt in the 1997, unsuccessfully contesting Warley. He worked on Iain Duncan Smith’s successful campaign for the Conservative leadership in 2001. Pincher stood for a second time in 2005, this time contesting Tamworth. He secured a 2.8 per cent swing against Labour, but still missed out on a seat in the Commons. Standing again in 2010, he secured a 9.5 per cent swing and took the seat with a decent majority. After his election, he joined the energy and climate change committee and has since sat on the armed forces committee, the committee of selection and the regulatory reform committee. In 2015, he became an assistant government whip. In the 2016 referendum, Pincher supported the Leave campaign, and as a whip backed government efforts to leave the European Union. He became deputy chief whip in January 2018 and in July 2019, was promoted to minister for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign Office. Pincher was made minister of state for housing in January 2020. Outside of the Commons, Pincher is a member of Tamworth’s Hodge Lane Nature Reserve, the Peel Society and a Patron of the Canwell Show.
Official parliamentary photograph taken by Chris McAndrew, 2017, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0