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David Gauke

Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

Tel: 0207 219 4459 / House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
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David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their three young sons, William (born September 2002), Robert (born October 2004) and Henry (born December 2008). All the boys were born at Watford General Hospital.

David was born in 1971 and was educated at Northgate High School, a state comprehensive in Ipswich, and read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a Parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and worked for a leading City firm until his election as MP for Hertfordshire South West on 5 May 2005.

David's interests outside his political activities and family include cricket, football (he is a lifelong Ipswich Town supporter), reading and country walks.

David Gauke's Experience

David has been an active member of the Conservative Party since 1993. In 2001, David was the Conservative Parliamentary candidate in Brent East, reducing the Labour majority by nearly 3,000. In 2003, David was selected as the Parliamentary candidate for Hertfordshire South West (defeating over 200 other applicants), following the announcement that Richard Page was to retire at the next General Election.

He made his maiden speech on 9 June 2005, during the Second Reading of the Consumer Credit Bill. Since then, David has been a frequent Parliamentary speaker and highlighted a number of concerns in his constituency, such crime and anti-social behaviour, erosion of the green belt, threats to local healthcare services and burdensome regulations.

David was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from February 2006 until he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury in June 2007, becoming the Conservatives' youngest frontbencher at the time. As a Shadow Treasury Minister, he has focused on tax policy, including matters such as tax simplification, the making of tax law and corporation tax reform. He has served on the last four Finance Bill committees.

In May 2010, David was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.  

Tapering Off

Last week, Alistair Darling announced a new Capital Gains Tax rate of 18%, and the abolition of taper relief and indexation. A group of small business owners and entrepreneurs met up at the "Tapering Off" event to discuss this latest tax rise - we went along to find out what they're thinking.