“I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as the Conservative candidate for the new South Cotswolds Parliamentary Constituency,” said James Gray on Saturday. “I am so sorry to be losing some of my old North Wiltshire constituency, especially Royal Wootton Bassett and Box where I have many friends; but I keep Malmesbury and Cricklade and gain Cirencester, Tetbury, Lechlade and Fairford as well as many villages in between.”
Big changes in the make up of constituencies across the country will take effect at the next General Election and one of the most dramatic will be the formation of the new South Cotswolds seat which straddles Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. James Gray MP, who has represented North Wiltshire since 1997, has just been unanimously selected to represent the new constituency.
With a strong record of representing businesses, the military and individuals in the area he is particularly active in Parliament on environmental and rural matters. He is one of the Speaker’s Committee Chairmen. Before his election James was a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Environment prior to which he had a career in the City and served in the Territorial Army.
“I am so pleased to have been asked to represent what must be one of the loveliest areas in Britain.”
Mr Gray and his wife Philippa live in Wiltshire but have strong links with Gloucestershire. “We have lived in the region for many years and have friends throughout the new seat, so it is all very familiar. Philippa was born just outside Lechlade and attended the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. I relish the opportunity to get to know the area more intimately, meet new people and look forward to new challenges that lie ahead”.
On Monday, North Wiltshire MP James Gray asked the Minister for Crime and Policing during Oral Questions for the Home Office what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Justice to review sentencing for perpetrators of domestic homicides and knife crimes.