John is 55 and married with two teenage daughters. After nine state/grammar schools and Queen’s College, Taunton, John studied Law, History and Politics at Cambridge.
Shortly afterwards, John joined the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, serving in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Cyprus. Upon leaving the Army in 1988, he became a Director of Hendersons and then Rothschild Asset Management, specialising as a fund manager in charities and private clients.
Since leaving the City in 2001, John has helped charities monitor their fund managers, and regularly writes on investment issues. John was elected for Billericay and District in the same year. He resigned as a Shadow Health Minister in 2003 to vote against the Iraq war, and has opposed interventions in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.
John has served as the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, and sat on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. John founded the charity ‘The Fun Walk Trust’, which has raised over £500,000 for good causes since 2002.
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