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Christopher James Fraser is a Britishmarker Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Norfolk South Westmarker.

Early life

He was born in Hertfordshiremarker and educated at Harrow College (University of Westminster) where he was awarded a BA degree. He worked as chairman of a communications company. He was elected as a councillor to the Three Rivers District Council for four years from 1992.

Parliamentary career

Fraser was elected to the House of Commonsmarker at the 1997 general election for the new seat of Dorset Mid and Poole Northmarker with a majority of 681. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 1997. He lost his seat at the 2001 general election to the Liberal Democrat Annette Brooke. Although his percentage of the vote increased, Fraser was edged out by the Liberal Democrats by 384 votes, after a tactical voting campaign urging Dorset residents to cast their votes in the best way to defeat the incumbent Conservatives. He returned to Westminstermarker at the 2005 general election for South West Norfolk following the retirement of the former Secretary of State for Education Gillian Shephard. He held the seat with a comfortable majority of 10,086, and managed to achieve a small swing of 0.3 over Labour.

He served as a member of the culture, media and sport select committee from 1997 until he lost his seat. He was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Strathclyde, the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords. Since his re-election in 2005 he has been a member of the Northern Ireland select committee and was appointed to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee. He is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Northern Ireland Group. He was a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the Western European Alliance (2005-2007).

In 2009 his expenses claims were highlighted in the Daily Telegraph; according to the newspaper, Fraser claimed £1,800 in public money for buying 215 trees and marking out the boundary of his second home in the constituency.. The Lynn News reported "In February 2007 Mr Fraser claimed £1,808.28 for new fencing and hedging to provide security for his new constituency home."

On 28 May 2009 he announced that he would be standing down as an MP at the next General Election citing family reasons.

Personal life

Christopher Fraser married in February 1987 and he has a son and a daughter. He became a Freeman of the City of Londonmarker in 1992. He receives income from land and property in London and Dorset and has a home in the constituency.


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