Graham was first elected as the MP for Beverley and Holderness in 2005 with a majority of 2,580. In the 2010 election he won 47.1 per cent of the vote, and increased his majority to 12,987.
As well as being the constituency MP for Beverley and Holderness he was elected by the House of Commons to serve as Chairman of the Education Select Committee in May 2010.
He is married to Anne, and they have two daughters: Sophie and Katie.
Graham was born in Carlisle in 1962, and attended Glenalmond College before reading Philosophy and then Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1982-85. He started his publishing business at the end of his first year at Cambridge and he remains non-executive Chairman.
Graham has a wide range of interests from football to economics, climate change to motorcycling, rural affairs to punk rock. He is a keen cyclist and has taken part in triathlons and is often seen cycling to appointments and street surgeries in the constituency.
As your MP
Graham’s first task on election in 2005 was to fight the Labour Government’s plans to close all NHS beds in the Beverley and Holderness constituency. The government had announced the closure of Beverley, Hornsea and Withernsea community hospitals leaving local residents, and particularly the elderly, at risk. Graham led marches in all three towns and then founded CHANT (Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together), a national, cross-party pressure group to campaign for community hospitals. He led repeated delegations to meet Ministers, broke the record for the number of petitions presented to Parliament in one day, organised a rally addressed by David Cameron and Boris Johnson and eventually persuaded the Government to u-turn and announce additional funding for community hospitals and services. As a result the Primary Care Trust gained funding to build a new hospital in Beverley and maintain beds in Withernsea. Graham continues to meet regularly with the local NHS Trusts to preserve health services for the local community.
He also formed HOTI (Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator) in 2006 to bring together the whole community to argue for alternatives to the planned 240,000 tonne incinerator at Saltend, near Hedon. After various successful interventions by HOTI the Hull and East Riding Councils eventually accepted the need for a new approach.
During the devastating floods in 2007 Graham toured the constituency, met many displaced families and then campaigned hard for improvements to local defences and changes to the way government and the Environment Agency carry out their responsibilities. In addition he served as Chairman of the East Riding Health Action Group and the founder of the Beverley and Holderness Business Forum.
Recognising the damaging effects of high tolls for the Humber Bridge, Graham persuaded the then Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, to promise a Treasury led review of the tolls if the Conservatives gained power. This was concluded in 2011 and led the Chancellor to announce a £150 million reduction in the debt attached to the bridge during the Autumn Statement in which he acknowledged Graham’s longstanding campaign.
Graham’s interest in climate change saw him join the Environmental Audit Committee from 2006 to 2010 and also sees him serving as the President of GLOBE UK in the House of Commons and the Vice President of GLOBE International. He was elected by his fellow MPs to the Conservative Party Board, on which he served from 2006 to 2010.
Graham joined the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee in 2007 and was elected as Chairman of the Education Committee after the General Election in 2010. In January 2012 Graham launched the Rural Fair Share campaign to fight for a more equitable share of government funding for rural communities.
Graham is immensely proud to represent the people of Beverley and Holderness. He speaks frequently in Parliament on local and national issues and works closely with local Councillors on behalf of his constituents. He campaigned successfully for a new southern bypass for Beverley and for improvements to the A164 and the A1079.
Graham – Working Hard for Beverley & Holderness
Graham holds informal street surgeries in all of the constituency’s four towns and welcomes calls, letters and emails. Come and say hello at his bi-weekly street surgeries or write to him, Graham Stuart MP, at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
You can also sign up to his e-news which will allow you to keep up to date with all the local campaigns he’s involved in and, most importantly, let him know your views. Please email graham@grahamstuart to be added to the mailing list.
In the meantime, keep visiting www.grahamstuart.com for all the latest news.
Postal Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Telephone: 020 7219 4340
What is an MP?
The House of Commons is made up of 646 Members of Parliament (MPs), each representing one constituency.
How big is a constituency?
The average number of electors in an English constituency is 67,000.
What is the role of an MP?
Graham’s role as an MP is to represent his constituents at Westminster, regardless of whether or not they voted for him. It is very impportant to remember MPs can only deal with issues raised by their own constituents.
What can my MP do to help constituents?
Graham can help with all matters for which Parliament or central government is responsible, such as:
- Tax problems involving the HM Revenue and Customs Department.
- Problems dealt with by the Department for Work and Pensions such as benefits, pensions and National Insurance.
- Problems dealt with by the Home Office, such as immigration.
- Problems dealt with by the Department of Health, such as hospitals and the National Health Service (NHS).
- Problems dealt with by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, such as school closures and grants.
He is unable to settle private disputes with neighbours or employers, nor can he help in family arguments. He cannot interfere with decisions made in court.
If your problem concerns the Local Authority (for example it is connected with services such as refuse collection, housing repairs or public lavatories), you should contact your local Council or Councillor.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council manages services including schools, social services, strategic planning matters, highways, refuse and waste disposal sites, museums and libraries.
There are also parish and town councils. They are the most local level of government, and are independent .
If you are unsure of who to go to or you have a problem of a more general nature then your nearest Citizens’ Advice Bureau will be able to guide you.