Name: Scott Benton
Born: 1 July 1987
Constituency: Blackpool South
Scott Benton is a British Conservative party politician who was born on 1 July 1987 in Newport, Wales. He studied Theology at the University of Nottingham, where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree. After he had completed his bachelor’s degree, he stayed on to achieve a master’s in Theology. Benton worked as a primary school teacher.
Alongside being a councilor, he served as a Parliamentary Assistant to Conservative MP Craig Whittaker. At the 2019 general election, Benton fought and won Blackpool South for the Conservative Party. It was the first time since 1997 that a Conservative has been elected in this constituency.
During the 2019 election campaign, David Brown from the Brexit Party who ran against Benton raised concerns over his connections to anti-abortion religion group the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). Benton defended the group’s anti-abortion stance, claiming that he is neither homophobic nor opposed to same-sex marriage.
Benton was one of nine Members of Parliament from various political parties who accepted hospitality from betting and gaming companies at high-profile sporting events. He received tickets to Royal Ascot, two Euro 2020 football games, and to the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
Benton was found to have broken parliamentary rules. According to the complainant, Benton had not registered six entries in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests within his 28-day period for payments for research work as a Member’s researcher. Benton acknowledged his mistake and apologized for breaking the regulations inadvertently.
Last Election Results:
Scott Benton won 16,247 votes out of a possible 32,752. This represents a 49.6% share and a 3,690 majority in his constituency. There was a voter turnout of 56.8%.
Voting History Snapshot
Voted Aye to the Health and Social Care Levy Bill: Third Reading.
Voted Aye to the Nationality and Borders Bill: Second Reading
Voted Nay to the Armed Forces Bill: Report Stages: Amendment 2
Voted Aye to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Third Reading
Voted Nay to the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
Voted Nay to the Environment Bill: Report Stage: New Clause 5
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