|Address||16 Northgate Bridgwater|
Somerset, TA6 3EU, United Kingdom
|| February 23, 1959
May 21, 2008 01:07pm
|Info||IAN LIDDELL-GRAINGER ? |
Yes it is a bit of mouthful, and when I first went to Westminster people joked "there goes Ian Little-Stranger!"
But here's a potted life history:
I was born in Scotland on February 23rd 1959. My parents sent me to Millfield School in Somerset to knock some sense in! From there it was straight to work - first in farming (I eventually ran a 250-acre arable farm), then in building and property. I joined the Territorial Army, rising to the rank of Major and became a consultant to Army Land Command HQ in Salisbury and to the MOD in London. I'm still on the reserve list. The taste for politics began when I tried (and failed) to win a seat in the European Parliament in the North East of England. My chances of winning were slight, but I quickly realised that meeting people and trying to find answers to their problems was my real vocation. I first ran for the Westminster Parliament in Torridge and West Devon (and losing is good for the soul). The Conservative party picked me as their candidate for Bridgwater within just a few months of the 2001 general election. I was treading warily in the footsteps of Tom King (now Lord King) who represented Bridgwater for 31 years and served in Government - latterly as Secretary of State for Defence. A hard act to follow.
None of this could I have ever achieved without the help of my wife Jill and our three children - Peter, Sophie and May. None of us could have survived without the help of that invaluable gift - a sense of humour.
I know the area pretty well by now. I love it and I live in it (a few miles outside Williton, actually) These days you'll catch me at Westminster during the week ....( I'm just a backbencher but I am also a member of three important Select Committees: the Public Administration Committee (which investigates the way government and public bodies operate), DEFRA (which shadows the work of the Department of the Environment, Food and Farming) and the Scottish Affairs Committee (which examines Scottish legislation) ....and dashing about all over the constituency from Friday throughout every weekend.