Henry was born in March 1955. He studied Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Having graduated in 1977 he was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) where he served as a barrister for 8 years. Prior to being re-elected in 2001, he ran his own consultancy practice specialising in advising firms on inward investment.
Henry married Emma Whiteley in 1993 and they now have a young son, Jamie. Having grown up and made his home in Norfolk he is passionate about issues that affect his constituency, constantly fighting for rural communities, agriculture, the environment and small businesses. He is joint secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club, and outside Westminster enjoys country sports and golf.
Henry Bellingham's Experience
Henry was MP for North West Norfolk between 1983 and 1997. A specialist in small businesses, countryside and farming issues, defence and Northern Ireland, he was PPS to Malcolm Rifkind (then Defence and Foreign Secretary) from 1991-97.
In June 2001, he was re-elected as MP for North West Norfolk. In July 2002, he was appointed Shadow Small Businesses Minister in the Shadow Trade and Industry team. In 2003, he carried on with this responsibility as part of the wider Shadow Economic Affairs team.
In May 2005, he was appointed as an Opposition Whip. In November 2006, he was then made a Shadow Minister for Legal Services, first of all in the Shadow Constitutional Affairs team, and since June 2007, as part of the Shadow Justice team.
From May 2010 to Sept 2012, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.