James Duddridge has been Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East since 2005. From 2006 to 2008 he sat on the International Development Select Committee, before becoming an Opposition Whip in 2008 and a Government Whip in 2010, and then Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee.
After completing a degree at Essex University, James went on to pursue a successful business career. He was a banker with Barclays in the City of London and Africa. James also helped to set up the market and opinion research company YouGov. He remains passionate about economic, social and political development in Africa, and in 2013, he was elected Chair of the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group. James’ special interests in Parliament include Africa, regulation, pensions, taxation and aviation. He is a keen supporter of Southend United Football Club and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys reading local history books, DIY and real ale.