Ben Wallace (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Ben Wallace
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Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by John Hayes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Northern Ireland Office
In office
12 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Andrew Murrison
Succeeded by Kris Hopkins
Government Whip
In office
15 July 2014 – 12 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Member of Parliament
for Wyre and Preston North
Lancaster and Wyre (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Hilton Dawson
Majority 12,246 (23.3%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
6 May 1999 – 31 March 2003
Preceded by New Office
Personal details
Born Robert Ben Lobban Wallace
(1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 47)
Farnborough, Kent, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Liza, née Cooke[1]
Children 3
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Occupation Politician
Profession Army Officer
Awards Mentioned in Despatches
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1990–1998
Rank Captain
Unit Scots Guards
Battles/wars The Troubles

Robert Ben Lobban Wallace, MP PC (born 15 May 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North since the 2010 general election, having been the MP for Lancaster and Wyre from 2005 to 2010.

Early life and career

Wallace attended Millfield School. He studied politics under Clive Thomas, who also taught Julian Smith MP and Margot James MP.[2] After school Wallace qualified as a ski instructor and taught in the village of Alpbach in Austria. During that period his parents moved to Pennsylvania in the United States where they lived for 7 years.

Military and business career

Aged 19, Wallace attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before being commissioned as a platoon commander into the Scots Guards. During his eight-year army career he served in Germany, Windsor, Cyprus, Central America and Northern Ireland. In 1992 he was mentioned in despatches.[citation needed] His last post was as Company Commander of F Company Scots Guards.

From 2003 to 2005 he was overseas director of QinetiQ, the UK's part-privatised National Defence Laboratory.[2]

Political career

Scottish Parliament

After leaving the Army, he became in 1999 a Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament, as a list MSP for North East Scotland, before standing down in 2003. He was the Scottish Conservatives' shadow health spokesman during that time.

United Kingdom Parliament

Wallace won the Lancaster and Wyre Constituency from Labour in 2005. The election result saw a 481-vote (0.92%) Labour majority swing to a 4171 vote (8.00%) Conservative majority. The overall swing was 4.50% from Labour to Conservative. This constituency was number nine on the 2005 Conservative 'target list'.[citation needed]

From 2005 to 2010 Wallace was a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.[3] From 2006 to 2010 Wallace was the Shadow Minister of State for Scotland. He was Chairman of the British–Iran Parliamentary Group from 2006 to 2014.

On 13 November 2008, Wallace was elected Campaigner of the Year in the Spectator/Threadneedle Parliamentarian awards, for his work promoting transparency of MPs expenses.[citation needed] In February 2008, in conjunction with the Sunday Times, Wallace published all his expenses and receipts.

Following his re-election to Parliament, Wallace was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then-Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, and later Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, Ken Clarke MP.[citation needed]

On 4 September 2012, Wallace turned down a position as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury during the cabinet reshuffle.[citation needed] to remain Clarke's PPS.[4] In July 2014, as Clarke returned to the back benches, Wallace was again offered a job in Government as a whip. This time he accepted. In May 2015 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office. After the EU referendum, the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, promoted him to Minister of State for Security in the Home Office. In December 2017 the Minister portfolio was extended to include Economic Crime.

Wallace was appointed to the Privy Council for his role in coordinating the government response to the 2017 Westminster attack.[5]

In February 2018, it was alleged that during the 1980s Jeremy Corbyn had colluded with a communist spy. In response to the allegations, a spokesman for Corbyn stated that any suggestion that the Labour leader had been an agent, asset or informer was an “entirely false and a ridiculous smear”.[6] Amidst these allegations, Wallace was criticised for tweeting: "'Jeremy has been interested in foreign policy issues his entire political career " [sic] - Labour MP Louis Haigh, BBC Daily Politics - yup so was Kim Philby'. Wallace later defended his tweet, and said he "wasn't comparing, just saying that being interested in Foreign policy isn't an answer to the allegations being made". Wallace told Sky News: 'It was a light-hearted dig at Louise Haigh's excuse that Corbyn was interested in foreign affairs ... I was simply saying Kim Philby was also interested in foreign affairs'.[7][8]

Personal life

In 2001, he married Liza and they have three children. Wallace currently resides near Lancaster. He enjoys rugby, skiing and motorsport. He is currently a member of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "House of Commons – The Register of Members' Financial Interests – Part 2: Part 2". Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Ben Wallace: Electoral history and profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mr Ben Wallace MP – UK Parliament". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cameron: Man or mouse? Man – and butcher! The Tory Diary". 6 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Agerholm, Harriet (24 March 2017). "MPs Tobias Ellwood and Ben Wallace appointed to Privy Council in honour of Westminster response | The Independent". The Independent. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Senior Political Correspondent, Lucy Fisher (2018-02-15). "Jeremy Corbyn 'can't be trusted' after claims he met Soviet spy, says Gavin Williamson". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Neil Clobbers Tory Minister Steve Baker For 'Outrageous Smears' Against Jeremy Corbyn". HuffPost UK. 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Tory MP deletes Corbyn spy claim after threat of legal action". Sky News. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 

External links

  • Ben Wallace MP official constituency website
  • Ben Wallace MP Conservative Party profile
  • Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
  • Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives
  • Voting record at Public Whip
  • Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
  • Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
News articles
  • Yobs in June 2005
  • Iris scanning in January 2007
  • Explaining his expenses in February 2008
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hilton Dawson
Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Wyre
Constituency Abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wyre and Preston North
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