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Humfrey Malins CBE, MP

Member of Parliament
for Woking
Assumed office 
1 May 1997
Preceded by Cranley Onslow
Majority 6,612 (14.4%)

Member of Parliament
for Croydon North West
In office
9 June 1983 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Bill Pitt
Succeeded by Malcolm Wicks

Born 31 July 1945 (1945-07-31) (age 64)
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lynda Malins
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford

Humfrey Jonathon Malins CBE (born 31 July 1945, Nuneaton, Warwickshire) is a British politician, and Conservative Member of Parliament for Woking.


Early life

Malins was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead and Brasenose College, Oxford, gaining a MA in Jurispudence in 1967. He qualified as a solicitor in 1971, and worked in a major Surrey law firm from 1975 to 1988. From 1973 to 1983, Malins was a member of Mole Valley District Council.

Parliamentary career

He contested Liverpool Toxteth in both 1974 general elections and Lewisham East in the 1979 general election.

In the 1983 general election he was elected MP for Croydon North West, beating by-election victor Bill Pitt. He spent much of his time on the backbenches, and was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to Timothy Renton from 1987 to 1989 and then Virginia Bottomley from 1989 to 1992.

In the 1992 general election he was defeated for re-election by the Labour candidate Malcolm Wicks. In 1993 he founded the Immigration Advisory Service, a charitable organisation providing free legal advice on immigration and asylum issues. He became a District Judge in 1991 and in 1996 became a Recorder at the Crown Court. In 1997 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to immigration policy.

At the 1997 general election he was able to be selected for the usually safe Conservative seat of Woking. On his return to Parliament, he became a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Malins supported Ken Clarke's failed bid in the 2001 leadership contest, but nonetheless was appointed to Iain Duncan Smith's front bench team as a junior home affairs spokesman.

In March 2003 he resigned from the opposition front bench in protest at their support of the Invasion of Iraq. He was later re-appointed to the front bench as a shadow home affairs minister when Michael Howard became leader in November 2003, but has returned to the backbenches under David Cameron.

With his legal experience as a solicitor, a District Judge and a Crown Recorder he remains one of Parliaments foremost experts in criminal justice and home affairs.

He has recently announced his intention to leave parliament at the next general election [1]

Personal life

He married Lynda on 21 July 1979 in Greenwich. They have a son Harry and daughter, Katherine.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bill Pitt
Member of Parliament for Croydon North West
Succeeded by
Malcolm Wicks
Preceded by
Cranley Onslow
Member of Parliament for Woking


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