Jeremy Wright

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The Right Honourable
Jeremy Wright
Jeremy Wright, Attorney General for England and Wales.jpg
Attorney General for England and Wales
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Dominic Grieve
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Justice
In office
4 September 2012 – 15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Crispin Blunt
Succeeded by Andrew Selous
Member of Parliament
for Kenilworth and Southam
Rugby and Kenilworth (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Andy King
Majority 21,002 (43.0%)
Personal details
Born (1972-10-24) 24 October 1972 (age 46)
Taunton, Somerset, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Yvonne Salter
Children Stephanie
Alma mater University of Exeter
Website Government website

Jeremy Paul Wright QC PC (born 24 October 1972) is a British Conservative Party politician and the current Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kenilworth and Southam in Warwickshire. From 2005 to 2010 he served as MP for Rugby and Kenilworth, which constituency was abolished in boundary changes before the 2010 general election.

In the 2014-Cabinet reshuffle, David Cameron appointed Wright as Attorney-General for England and Wales and ex-officio Advocate General for Northern Ireland.[1]

Early life

Born at Taunton, Somerset, his parents were both teachers and he has one brother who served as a Commander in the Royal Navy. Wright was educated at Taunton School and Trinity School, New York City, before going to Exeter University, where he graduated with a degree in Law (LLB).

He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1996 and specialised in criminal law in the Midlands until his election to Parliament in 2005.[2] He remains a member of No.5 Chambers in Birmingham but is officially listed as non-practising as of May 2013.[3][4]

Parliamentary career

Wright was first elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election, when he won the seat of Rugby and Kenilworth from the sitting Labour MP Andy King who had represented constituency since the 1997 general election. At the 2010 election he retained the newly created Kenilworth and Southam constituency increasing his majority to 12,552.[3]

In July 2007 Wright was appointed as an Opposition Whip and served as a Government Whip from 2010 until 2012, holding the office of Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.[2][3][5] He served as a member of the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee between 2005 and 2007.[2][5] In September 2012 Wright was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. His specific responsibility was as Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation.[3][5][6] He was appointed Attorney General on 15 July 2014, replacing Dominic Grieve. For the purposes of this role, he was appointed a Queens Counsel under the Royal Prerogative.[7]

Wright set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007.

Wright has generally supported the proposals for the HS2 London to Birmingham rail link which will run through his constituency.[8] He has opposed some of the detailed original plans for the route, although supporting route changes made in 2010.[9][10][11]

Expenses claims

Wright has defended his expenses claims as an MP, including claiming nearly £3000 for the purchase of furniture for a flat in London after he became an MP in 2005.[12] He repaid £46.71 over-claimed for council tax in 2007-08 after a "genuine mistake".[13] He also claimed just under £800 in mobile phone call charges which he was ordered to repay.[13] He appealed the decision to order repayment of these expenses, claiming that he had requested permission to charge an amount for mobile phone calls as he did not have a landline installed in his London flat.[13][14][15] Wright succeeded in his appeal and was not required to repay the amount claimed for mobile phone calls.[16] Wright published errors on his website in 2009, placing political links on it, an activity banned if costs for the site are paid for from Parliamentary expenses, although he was not required to repay the expenses claimed in this instance.[17]

Personal life

He married Yvonne Salter in 1998, by whom he has a son and a daughter. He and his wife live in Warwickshire.[2]


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 ‘WRIGHT, Jeremy Paul’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2012; online edn, November 2012 accessed 2013-05-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jeremy Wright MP, Democracy Live, BBC. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  4. WRIGHT, Jeremy (Kenilworth and Southam), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1. As at 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jeremy Wright, Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  6. Jeremy Paul Wright, Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  8. Warwickshire candidates support high-speed rail link, BBC election 2010, 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  9. High-speed route in Warwickshire 'revised', says MP, BBC news website, 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  10. Warwickshire MP joins HS2 protest group, Coventry Telegraph, 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  11. County divided on HS2 rail route, BBC news website, 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  12. My furniture claim was not extravagant, Coventry Telegraph, 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Jeremy Wright MP made mobile phone and furniture expenses claims, Coventry Telegraph, 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  14. Tory whip appealing against MPs' expenses payback demand, The Guardian, 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  15. Tory MP Jeremy Wright appeals over MPs expenses order, Coventry Telegraph, 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  16. MP Jeremy Wright won't have to repay £700 expenses, Coventry Telegraph, 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  17. Tory candidate Jeremy Wright under pressure to repay expenses after breaking rules, Birmingham Post, 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2013-05-28.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andy King
Member of Parliament
for Rugby and Kenilworth

Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Kenilworth and Southam

Political offices
Preceded by
Crispin Blunt
Minister of State for Justice
Succeeded by
Mike Penning
Preceded by
Dominic Grieve
Attorney General for England and Wales
Advocate General for Northern Ireland