Jack Lopresti

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Jack Lopresti
MP
Official portrait of Jack Lopresti crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Filton and Bradley Stoke
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 4,190 (8.3%)
Personal details
Born (1969-08-23) 23 August 1969 (age 48)[1]
Southmead, Bristol, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Lopresti (Divorced)
Andrea Jenkyns (m. 2017)
Children 4
Website www.jacklopresti.com
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 2011 - 2013

Giacomo "Jack" Lopresti[2] (born 23 August 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician. At the 2010 general election, he was first elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Filton and Bradley Stoke, a constituency newly created after boundary changes.[3] He is an advocate of the Eurosceptic campaign Leave Means Leave.[4]

Early career

After leaving school, Lopresti worked in his family ice cream business for over ten years.[5] A former estate agent and mortgage broker,[6] he worked for the Conservative Party as a Regional Development Officer and in the Conservative Party Treasurer's Department.

Lopresti represented the Stockwood Ward on Bristol City Council from 1999–2007. He also stood unsuccessfully for the Bristol East constituency in 2001, and for the South West at the European Parliament elections in 2004.

Territorial Army reservist

Lopresti served in the Territorial Army as a gunner with 266 Commando Battery, Royal Artillery. He served, as a mobilised reservist, with 29 Commando RA for a year and was deployed in Helmand Province, in Afghanistan, on Operation Herrick 9 for five months over Christmas and New Year 2008/9. Whilst in Afghanistan, Lopresti ran the Camp Bastion Half Marathon, for Help for Heroes, on New Years Day 2009.[7][8] From 2011-2013, Lopresti served as a trooper in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, an army reserve cavalry unit.

Parliamentary career

Lopresti was a member of the Conservative Party's A-List in 2006.[9][10]

In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.[11] He also served on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee[12]

Lopresti is a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[13] and has attended delegations of that group[14] including during the Operation Defensive Shield conflict when he visited for an Israeli military briefing on the Iron Dome air defence system.[15]

In 2012, Lopresti was named by the ConservativeHome website as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbencher MPs not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.[16]

In 2013, Lopresti voted against legalising same-sex marriage.[17]

At the 2015 UK general election, he retained his seat with an increased majority of almost 10,000 votes.[18]

Lopresti supported Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum.[19]

A failed attempt before the 2017 general election to deselect Lopresti as the Conservative Candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke was locally contentious. There was, he said, a "vicious smear campaign" in the constituency" and an "attempt to destroy my character and reputation" after revelations about his private life.[20] Lopresti said he had made a complaint to the Police over a letter urging Lopresti's deselection, which had been circulated by a "former very bitter party member and possibly a disgruntled employee", and appeared to have broken data protection laws. He was, however, reselected.[21]

Personal life

Lopresti is divorced from his former wife Lucy, the daughter of Lord Cope of Berkeley; the couple had three children.[22]

In December 2015, it was revealed that Lopresti was having an extramarital affair[23] with fellow MP Andrea Jenkyns. Following his divorce from Lucy Cope, Lopresti married Jenkyns on 22 December 2017 and they have a child together in March 2017.[24] Lopresti has been a Freemason since about 2003.[25][26]

Lopresti was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013. He has received treatment at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.[27]

References

  1. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U251250/
  2. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8745. 
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Filton and Bradley Stoke result". politics.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010. .
  4. ^ "Co-Chairmen - Political Advisory Board - Supporters". Leave Means Leave. 
  5. ^ "Jack Lopresti MP | About | About Jack". www.jacklopresti.com. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Filton and Bradley Stoke". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jack Lopresti, Biography". politics.co.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Biography". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Woolf, Marie (27 May 2006). "Cameron woos 'political virgins'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. ^ http://conservativehome.blogs.com/goldlist/2009/04/the-18-of-the-original-100-alisters-selected-for-conservative-seats-.html
  11. ^ "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". parliament.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jack Lopresti". Parliament UK. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "CFI delegation attends UK Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group launch in Knesset". Conservative Friends of Israel. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  14. ^ https://cfoi.co.uk/Delegations
  15. ^ Rowena Mason (30 July 2014). "Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Barrett, Matthew. "The 24 Conservative MPs who are still on the backbenches and have never rebelled". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Jack Lopresti MP, Filton and Bradley Stoke – TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "FILTON & BRADLEY STOKE". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC News. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Tory MP Jack Lopresti blames 'smear campaign' for deselection call". BBC News. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  21. ^ Ashcroft, Esme (28 April 2017). "Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti contacts police over 'racist smear campaign' to oust him". Bradford Post. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "Bristol MP Jack Lopresti having affair with Tory colleague, Conservative party confirms". ITV News. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "Bristol MP Jack Lopresti having affair with Tory colleague, Conservative party confirms". ITV News. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Brexit baby brings the Commons together in laughter". ITV News. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  25. ^ Tony Gosling (23 January 2014). "Freemasonry: 'The firm within the firm'". RT. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  26. ^ Tony Gosling (3 April 2012). Jack Lopresti MP on the Bristol Freemasons. Drive Time. Bristol Community FM. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  27. ^ "Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti has cancer". 6 June 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

External links

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2010–present
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