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James Edward Thornton "Jim" Paice (born 24 April 1949) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdommarker. He is the Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshiremarker, and was first elected in the 1987 general election.

Early life

Born in Felixstowemarker, Suffolk, Paice went to the independent Framlingham Collegemarker. At the Writtle Agricultural Collegemarker, he received a National Diploma in Agriculture in 1970. He was a farm manager from 1970–3. From 1973–79, he was a farmer and contractor. From 1979–87, he was Training Manager at Framlingham Management and Training Services. At United Framlingham Farmers Ltd, he was non-executive Director from 1987–89, then Director from 1989–1994. From 1976 until 1987, he was on Suffolk Coastal District Councilmarker, becoming the youngest ever Chairman in 1983.

Parliamentary career

He contested the Caernarfonmarker seat in the 1979 general election but was defeated. Eight years later he was elected the Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshiremarker and has held the seat since.

At Westministermarker Paice first served as Secretary of the Backbench Employment Committee from 1988-89 and of the Backbench Horticulture and Markets Sub-Committee {1988–89). He was also a member of the Employment Select Committee from 1987 until 1989. He was made a minor member of the government in December 1989 as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Baroness Trumpington. A year later he became the PPS for John Gummer, who was then the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1990–93) and later Secretary of State for the Environment (1993–94). In July 1994 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Employment (from July 1995 the Department of Education and Employment) and served until the Conservative defeat in the 1997 general election.

In Opposition Paice became a spokesman for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1997–2001) and later on Home Affairs (2001–03). Under the leadership of Michael Howard, Paice was appointed Shadow Minister for Home, Constitutional and Legal Affairs. Since September 2004 he has served as the Shadow Minister for Agriculture.

Personal life

He married Ava Patterson in 1973. They have two sons.

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