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Brian Arthur Roland Binley (born 1 May 1942) is a Britishmarker Conservative politician, and the Member of Parliament for Northampton Southmarker.

Early life

Educated at Finedonmarker Mulso Secondary Modern School on Wellingborough Road, Northampton (now a junior school), Brian Binley joined the Conservative Party in 1959. He was an organiser with the National Young Conservatives from 1965 to 1968. He was the chairman of Wellingboroughmarker based BCC Marketing Services Ltd, the company he founded from 1988 to 2001, when it was liquidated by the company that had bought it in late 2001. Mr Binley however decided along with his business partner to step in and save the company and its numerous staff, even paying them out of his own pocket for the first 3 weeks. He co-founded Beechwood House Publishing Company Ltd, which was sold to the Wilmington Publishing Group in 2000.

Parliamentary career

Binley was the parliamentarymarker agent for the Wyre Forestmarker Conservative Association during the 1997 General election campaign. He was elected to Northamptonshire County Councilmarker in 1997, where he was a Cabinet Member. He was selected to contest the Labour-held parliamentary marginal seat of Northampton South, and defeated the sitting Labour MP Tony Clarke at the 2005 general election by over 4,000 votes. Binley made his maiden speech on 25 May 2005. Clarke has stated he intends to stand as an independent in the seat at the next general election.

He was also a Northamptonshire county councillor for Hackletonmarker ward but did not restand for the county council at elections held 4 June 2009.

Personal life

He and his wife Jacquie have lived in the constituency for over 20 years, and have two grown sons. In 2006, he became the victim of identity theft, when someone tried to divert his bank statements and unsuccessfully attempted to steal £9,000 from him whilst he was in Indiamarker. The perpetrator wrote to Binley boasting of his exploits .

He received a six month driving ban in May 2007 having totted up 12 points on his licence when caught doing 37 mph in a 30 mph zone in Wellingboroughmarker, Northamptonshire. With nine points already, he was given three more and a ban by Towcestermarker magistrates.

Expenses

On 17 June 2009 it was revealed that Binley had claimed over £50,000 in expenses, renting a flat from his own company, BCC Marketing. Two months after beginning to rent the flat, expenses rules were changed to clarify that MPs could no longer rent properties from businesses in which they had an interest. Binley appealed to the Speaker of the House Michael Martin, whilst still claiming for the flat. Binley lost his appeal after two and a half years, during which time he still claimed for the flat in question. Binley has not had to repay the £57,000 he improperly received while the Speaker deliberated.

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