William Wragg


William Peter Wragg[1] (born 11 December 1987) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester since May 2015.[2]

William Wragg

Chairman of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee
Assumed office
29 January 2020
Preceded bySir Bernard Jenkin
Member of Parliament
for Hazel Grove
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byAndrew Stunell
Majority4,423 (10.0%)
Personal details
Born (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 33)
Hazel Grove, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Websitewilliamwragg.org.uk

Early life


Wragg was born on 11 December 1987 in Manchester. He attended Poynton High School before gaining a first in History from the University of Manchester.[3]

Wragg became a school governor in 2008 and went on to volunteer as a student mentor.[4] He unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative candidate in the Hazel Grove ward of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in 2010,[5] but was subsequently elected in the same ward a year later in 2011.[6] In 2014 he completed the Teach First programme as a primary school teacher, but did not continue teaching beyond the two-year training course. He took up a job as a caseworker for a Conservative MP, helping with their campaign for the 2015 General Election.[3]

Parliamentary career


Wragg was first elected as the MP for Hazel Grove at the 2015 general election, winning the seat from the Liberal Democrats on a swing of 15.2% and becoming the first Conservative MP there since 1997. He stood down as a councillor and, in 2016, the Liberal Democrats won the Hazel Grove ward seat back.[7]

He campaigned for Brexit in the 2016 EU membership referendum and, following the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, campaigned for Andrea Leadsom in the 2016 Conservative leadership election.[8]

Wragg held his seat at the 2017 General Election with a slightly reduced majority. He had been targeted by the successor to the remain campaign, Open Britain, for his support of a hard Brexit.[9]

In Parliament, Wragg currently serves on the Procedure, Education and Backbench Business Committees and previously served on the Finance Committee.[10]

In 2016 it was reported that Wragg had moved back to his parents' house in order to save money for a deposit on buying a house.[11][12]

In May 2016, it was reported that Wragg was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses; he was interviewed under caution in 2017, after which police passed his file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).[13] In May 2017, the CPS decided that no criminal charges would be brought.[14]

In January 2019 Wragg was elected to chair the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee.[15] Wragg won the contest by 335 to 183 votes.[16]

Following an interim report on the connections between colonialism and properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery, Wragg was among the signatories of a letter to The Telegraph from the "Common Sense Group" of Conservative Parliamentarians. The letter accused the National Trust of being "coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the 'woke agenda'".[17]

In 2020, Wragg became a "lockdown rebel" and a steering committee member of the lockdown-sceptic COVID Recovery Group alongside a group of Conservatives who opposed the UK government's December 2020 lockdown.[18] They have been[by whom?] seen as an "echo" of the Brexiteer European Research Group (ERG) of MPs, and a response by backbench Conservatives to Nigel Farage's anti-lockdown Reform UK party.[18]

Personal life


Wragg lives in Hazel Grove and London.[4] He is openly gay.[19]

References


  1. "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9117.
  2. "Hazel Grove Parliamentary Constituency Results". bbc.co.uk.
  3. "William Wragg's CV". Democracy Club. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. "About William". William Wragg. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  5. "Election Results". Stockport Borough Council. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  6. Fitzgerald, Todd (23 June 2015). "'Who's Hazel Grove'? William Wragg delivers geography lesson during maiden speech to parliament". Manchester Evening News.
  7. "Election Results". Stockport Borough Council. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  8. "Conservative Party Leader Contest 2016 - Update". William Wragg MP. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  9. "Open Britain Attack List Of Brexit-Backing MPs Drawn Up Ahead Of General Election". huffingtonpost.co.uk. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  10. "William WraggM MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  11. Todd Fitzgerald. "Tory MP William Wragg moves back in with his parents because he says he can't afford to buy a house". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  12. "Tory MP admits he has moved back into his parent's home to save up for a deposit". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  13. "Two Tory MPs reveal CPS is reviewing their election spending". The Guardian. 16 March 2017.
  14. "CPS announces no charges in Conservative Party election spending investigation". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  15. https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/327/public-administration-and-constitutional-affairs-committee/news/144795/william-wragg-elected-chair-of-public-administration-and-constitutional-affairs-committee/
  16. https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons/Results-spreadsheet-SC-Chairs-2020-a.pdf
  17. "Britain's heroes". Letter to the Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. Hope, Christopher (10 November 2020). "Tory lockdown rebels unite to form Covid Recovery Group". The Telegraph.
  19. "William Wragg MP on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 16 June 2016.