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John Whittingdale 
OBE MP

In office
23 July 2002 – 8 December 2003
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by Tim Yeo
Succeeded by Julie Kirkbride

In office
18 September 2001 – 23 July 2002
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by David Heathcoat-Amory
Succeeded by Tim Yeo

Member of Parliament
for Maldon and East Chelmsford
South Colchester and Maldon (1992-1997)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
9 April 1992
Preceded by John Wakeham
Majority 21,821 (31.9%)

Born 16 October 1959 (1959-10-16) (age 50)
Sherbourne
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ancilla Murfitt
Alma mater University College London

John Flasby Lawrance Whittingdale OBE (16 October 1959) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom.

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Early life

He was educated at Sandroyd School near Tollard Royal in Wiltshire and Winchester College. He went to University College London where he was President of the UCLU Conservative Society, and gained a BSc in Economics in 1982. From 1982-4, he was Head of the political section of the Conservative research department. He then served as Special Adviser to three successive Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry, Norman Tebbit 1984-85, Leon Brittan 1985-86, and Paul Channon 1986-87. He worked on international privatisation at NM Rothschild in 1987 and in January 1988, became Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Following her resignation, he continued as her Political Secretary until his election to Parliament in 1992.

Parliamentary career

He was first elected to parliament in 1992. He was shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary until the reshuffle after the general election in 2005 when he was re-elected Member of Parliament for Maldon and Chelmsford East. In July 2005, he became the Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. Also in 2005 he was appointed to the Executive of Conservative Way Forward, a Thatcherite pressure group within the Conservative Party. Whittingdale is also a patron of the Westminster Media Forum, and a frequent contibutor to their events.

Personal life

He married Ancilla Murfitt in 1990. She is a nurse at a general practice in Colchester. They have a son, called Henry (May 1993), and daughter Alice (born December 1995). The marriage was dissolved in 2007.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Wakeham
Member of Parliament for Colchester South and Maldon
1992–1997
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Maldon and East Chelmsford
1997–present
Incumbent

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