Dunchurch’s MP on ‘privilege’ of Cabinet promotion

Jeremy Wright hopes to express his "independence and energy"
Jeremy Wright hopes to express his "independence and energy"

The MP who represents Dunchurch was one of the winners of this week’s ministerial reshuffle – and is tipped to play a leading role in shaping the Conservatives’ policy on Europe and human rights.

Jeremy Wright MP has been named the new attorney general, giving him a seat in the Cabinet.

Mr Wright, the MP for Kenilworth and Southam, previously held the position of justice minister. He will now oversee the law officers’ departments, including the Crown Prosecution Service.

The 41-year-old father-of-two studied at the Inns of Court School of Law in London before becoming a barrister and specialising in criminal law. He also act as principal legal advisor on questions of international and EU law and human rights - an issue on which the Tories reportedly hope to focus in the coming months.

Mr Wright was Rugby’s MP from 2005 to 2010, but a change in electoral boundaries meant the town has since had its own MP. His current constituency includes Dunchurch, Leam Valley and Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

Mr Wright said: “The office of attorney general is a historic and important one.

“It is a great privilege to hold it, and the job is best done with energy and independence, as it has been by my many illustrious predecessors.

“I look forward to all of the challenges that the role will bring, and to playing my part in an effective justice system and in maintaining this Government’s commitment to the rule of law.”

The law office also carries out roles such as considering unduly lenient sentences and taking action over cases of contempt of court.

Mr Wright was first elected to Parliament in 2005 for what was then the Kenilworth and Rugby constituency.

He went on to serve as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the all-party parliamentary group on dementia in 2007.

That same year he was made an opposition whip and became a Government whip when the Conservative party was elected to power in 2010.

He was promoted to the position of parliamentary under-secretary in the Ministry of Justice two years ago.