Name: John Baron
Born: 21 June 1959
Constituency: Basildon and Billericay
John Charles Baron was born on 21 June 1959 in Redhill, Surrey. He was educated at Queen’s College, Taunton, Jesus College, Cambridge, and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Baron went on to study at the University of Manchester, where he was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as a second lieutenant (on probation) on January 3, 1984. Baron was promoted to lieutenant on 8 August 1984 with seniority. He was advanced to captain on February 1987. Baron served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Germany.
In 1987, he switched to working as a merchant banker. He worked as a fund manager then director of Henderson Private Investors Ltd (later Henderson Global Investors) and Rothschild Asset Management.
Baron was elected treasurer of the Streatham Conservative Association in 1995. He was successfully chosen and then elected for the seat of Southend West.
Baron was selected as the Conservative candidate for Basildon at the 1997 general election, but Angela Smith won it as a Labour Party candidate with a comfortable margin.
In November 1999, Teresa Gorman announced her intention to retire from Parliament at the next general election, after having been MP for Billericay. Baron was chosen to defend Billericay in 2001 and he increased his majority by more than 5,000 votes at the 2005 general election.
Baron was the only Conservative MP to vote against British involvement in the attack on Libya in the House of Commons on March 21, 2011.
He’s a vocal Brexit advocate and an EU critic. He was an active campaigner for the UK to leave the European Union during the 2016 EU referendum. Now, he is a prominent supporter of the Leave Means Leave campaign.
Last Election Results:
John Baron won 29,590 votes out of a possible 44,098. This represents a 67.1% share and a 20,412 majority in his constituency. There was a voter turnout of 63.1%.
Voting History Snapshot
Voted Aye to the Nationality and Borders Bill: Second Reading
Voted Nay to the Armed Forces Bill: Report Stage: Amendment 1
Voted Nay to the Opposition day: EU settlement scheme
Voted Aye to the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill: Third Reading
Voted Aye to the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
Voted Aye to the Trade Bill: Second Reading
Voted Aye to the Queen’s Speech
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