|Tim Loughton MP|
Member of Parliament
for East Worthing and Shoreham
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||new constituency|
|Born||30 May 1962
Eastbourne, East Sussex
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Juliet MacLauchlan|
|Alma mater||University of Warwick, Clare College, Cambridge|
|Profession||Securities Fund Manager|
Timothy Paul Loughton (born 30 May 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician, and has been Member of Parliament (MP) for East Worthing and Shoreham since the 1997 general election. Loughton is currently Shadow Minister for Children shadowing the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, he went to the comprehensive Priory School in Lewes. Loughton was educated at Warwick, and was secretary of the University of Warwick Conservative Association, gaining a First Class BA in Classical Civilisation in 1983. At Clare College, Cambridge, he researched Mesopotamian Archaeology from 1983-4. He then followed a career in the City of London as a fund manager from 1984 for Fleming Private Asset Management, becoming Director from 1992-2000.
Loughton's first attempt at election to the House of Commons in the 1992 general election, when he stood against David Blunkett in the Sheffield Brightside constituency. Although unsuccessful, he was chosen in 1995 by the local party board as a candidate for his current constituency, then newly formed.
Loughton gained 43.9% of the vote in the 2005 general election, increasing his majority to 8183. He is currently the Shadow Childrenâ€™s Minister.
Loughton was embroiled in a scandal involving the Parliamentary expenses row of 2009 when it was revealed he owned a flat in London which he rented out classified as his main residence and claimed a house north of Burgess Hill in West Sussex as his second home. This was particularly embarrassing, as Burgess Hill is 30 miles away from his West Sussex coast constituency of East Worthing and Shoreham.
He married Elizabeth Juliet MacLauchlan in 1992, and they have a son and two daughters.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham