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David Ruffley MP

Member of Parliament
for Bury St Edmunds
Assumed office 
1 May 1997
Preceded by Richard Spring
Majority 9,930 (18.9%)

Born 18 April 1962 (1962-04-18) (age 47)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge

David Laurie Ruffley (born 18 April 1962, Bolton) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He is Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds, which encompasses Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, and was first elected in 1997.


Early life

He went to the Bolton Boys' School, a private school and a member of the IAPS. He studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, receiving a BA in law in 1985. From 1985-91, he worked for Clifford Chance Solicitors in London. From 1996-7, he was Vice President of the Small Business Bureau.

Parliamentary career

He had previously been a special advisor to Ken Clarke. He voted against Iain Duncan Smith in 2003. In December 2005, he was appointed by David Cameron as the Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform. In 2006, a group that included BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times saw the failure of their programme to get St Edmund named as the patron saint of England. Ruffley had taken up the cause and helped deliver a large petition to the government in London.[1 ] Prime Minister Tony Blair rejected the request, however the programme was successful on another level:

St Edmund (was) named patron saint of Suffolk...the high point of a successful campaign which was launched by Breakfast show presenter Mark Murphy and producer Emily Fellows in the autumn of 2006. St Edmund was originally the English patron saint but was ousted by St George.[1 ]

In July 2007, David was promoted to Shadow Minister for Police Refor replacing Nick Herbert MP.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Spring
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds


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