Chris Chope has been an MP for over 25 years, and was first elected as MP for Christchurch in 1997 when he won his seat back from the Liberal Democrats. From 1983 to 1992, he was MP for Southampton Itchen.
Chris held Ministerial office in the Governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1986 and 1992, latterly as Roads Minister. He also held shadow Ministerial posts under William Hague and Michael Howard. He was a member of the Health & Safety Commission from 1993-1997 and the Local Government Commission from 1993-1996.
Chris began his political career as Leader of Wandsworth Council in 1979 when he helped pioneer competitive tendering and cost-cutting in Local Government, ensuring that Wandsworth could achieve the lowest council tax in the country. Chris has held various positions in the Conservative Party. As Vice-Chairman for Local Government, he founded the Conservative Councillors Association. He was Chairman of the Parliamentary Candidates Association between 1995 and 1997. He also served as Joint Secretary of the 1922 Committee of Conservative Backbenchers from 2006-2012.
In the most recent Parliament, Chris was a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen, the Privileges Committee, the Standards Committee, the Procedure Committee and the Scottish Affairs Committee. He chaired the All Party Parliamentjary Group on Park Homes and the APPG for Highways. He was also a member of the Executive of the British-American Parliamentary Group.