Shailesh Vara was first elected as MP for North West Cambridgeshire in 2005, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the Courts and Legal Aid since 2013.
Shailesh previously served as a Government Whip from 2010 to 2012, and as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from 2006 to 2010. Before his election to Parliament, he was Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2001 to 2005.
Shailesh has introduced two Private Members’ Bills. One on extending the age range for compulsory breast cancer screening for women and the other to give greater protection to householders who try to defend themselves against intruders in their homes.
Shailesh is keen to meet as many people as possible and has regular coffee mornings to which thousands of people are invited. Local campaigns include safeguarding the future of Hinchingbrooke Hospital, securing the installation of speed cameras on a dangerous stretch of road at Ramsey Forty Foot, and enabling better broadband provision.
Shailesh was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and Brunel University, and qualified as a solicitor.