MP North Wiltshire
James Gray was first elected as MP for North Wiltshire in May 1997. He was educated at Glasgow High School and later read History at Glasgow University and Christ Church, Oxford. More recently he was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Before entering Parliament, his career was in business and after 15 years in the City and being made a Freeman of the City of London. the City, he became Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Howard, and his successor John Gummer.
After his election to Parliament in 1997, James served on the Environment and Transport Select Committees until his shadow ministerial career began with his appointment as a Conservative Whip and then as a Shadow Minister for Defence. He served as Shadow Minister for the Countryside and after the 2005 General Election briefly as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. James now serves as a Member of Mr Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen.
James’s military interest includes seven years in the Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest regiment in the Army Reserve, on whose Court of Assistants he also served from 2002 to 2007, and of whose Saddle Club he is life Vice-President. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and of the Royal College of Defence Studies. In 2010, James founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces, which he has chaired since. In 2013, James became founding Chairman of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Trust, which seconds up to 35 Parliamentarians a year to the three services.
James is a member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Patron of Operation Christmas Box, and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He sat on the Defence Committee and the Committee on Arms Export Controls and chaired the Defence Sub-Committee on the Arctic from 2016 to 2017. Following the 2017 election, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.
He has published several books including: Who Takes Britain to War? (2016), and most recently ‘Full English Brexit.’ (2018).
Business Leaders’ Forum: Tuesday 17th April 2018
James Gray, will discuss National Security at this Business Leaders’ Forum.
He is a member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, Founder and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces.
Is the nation’s defence budget being spent where it ought?
With his impressive credentials, James will talk about where spending goes in protecting the nation against security threats and share his views on whether it is going to the right places.
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