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Greg Hands

Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham

Deputy Chief Whip

Tel: 020 7219 5884 / Fax: 020 7219 6801 / House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
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Greg Hands

Greg was born in 1965 in New York, the son of British parents, and lived in the USA until he was seven years old. Thereafter, Greg was educated at state schools in England, but the family was constantly on the move, due to the Labour Government of 1974 - 1979 closing down grammar schools.

Greg left Dr. Challoner´s Grammar School in 1984 to go to Cambridge University to read history. First, he took a "gap year" and worked in a swimming pool in what was then West Berlin . During this first spell in Berlin , Greg developed a strong interest in the plight of the captive nations of Eastern Europe . Already fluent in German and French, Greg also learnt Czech and Slovak to good standards, as well as working knowledge of three other Slavonic languages. Greg had further spells in West Berlin and Prague during university vacations in the period 1985 - 1989.

Leaving Cambridge with a first class honours degree in modern history in 1989, Greg embarked on a career in the City. Greg worked for three different firms in an eight-year career in banking. Greg moved to Fulham in 1990, where he has lived ever since. From 1991, as part of his work, Greg was shuttling between London and New York City. Greg was a member of the Friends of Rudy Giuliani in New York, helping him become the first Republican Mayor of the city for many decades in 1993. Greg left banking in 1997, from which time he was also full-time in London.

He has been a governor of the English College in Prague since 2009.

Greg lives in Fulham with his wife, Irina and daughter, Helena, who was born in 2006, and son Martin, who was born in 2007.

Greg's Experience

In 1998, Greg was elected to Hammersmith & Fulham Council, propelling the Conservatives from third into first place in Eel Brook ward, and unseating the Liberal leader. A year later, Greg was elected Leader of the Conservative group on the Council, and led the Party in the 2002 Council elections to achieving its highest vote share - 43% - since 1978.

In October 2002, Greg was selected as the Party's Parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith & Fulham. The most marginal constituency in London at the 2005 General Election, Greg won the seat from Labour on a 7.35% swing. His majority then was 5,029.

In November 2006, Greg was selected by Conservative Party members to fight the new Chelsea & Fulham constituency.  Greg won the seat at the May 2010 General Election, again with a strong, 6.1% swing, and a majority of 16,722.

Greg is a member of the Executive of Conservative Way Forward (CWF), he was a member of the Advisory Group of the I Want a Referendum campaign, a member of the Cornerstone Group of MPs, a member of the 1992 Group and of the No Turning Back Group.

Greg has achieved frequent media coverage in all national newspapers, and has been interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, and has also appeared on BBC News, the Politics Show and is a frequent guest on radio as well.

In foreign affairs, Greg is a specialist in Germany, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Greg served as Shadow Treasury Minister for the Conservatives from January 2009 to May 2010. In May 2010, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne.

Campaigning in Chelsea and Fulham

Greg is a trustee of the local Brunswick youth club, was six years a school governor at St. Thomas' Primary School in Fulham, a former Home Office appointed Lay Visitor to local police stations, a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, a Friend of Charing Cross Hospital, a Friend of Brompton Cemetary and was the co-founder of the Save Fulham Pools Campaign.

He is also an active member of the Fulham Society, the Hammersmith Society, the Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society, the Hammersmith & Fulham Historic Buildings Group, and other local groups.