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Jonathan Simon Djanogly (born 3 June 1965) is a Britishmarker politician, solicitor and Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntingdon. Djanogly has been Trade and Industry Spokesman shadowing the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and is currently Shadow Solicitor General and a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills with responsibility for employment law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and postal services.

Jonathan Djanogly was born in Londonmarker, the son of millionaire textile manufacturer Sir Harry Djanogly; he was educated at the independent University College School, Hampsteadmarker, before attending Oxford Polytechnicmarker where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in law and politics in 1987. He took his law finals at The College of Lawmarker, Guildfordmarker, in 1988. Whilst in Oxfordmarker, in 1986, he was elected as the chairman of the Polytechnic's Conservative Association. He joined S. J. Berwin & Co, London, in 1988 as a trainee solicitor, was admitted as a solicitor in 1990, and served as corporate finance partner between 1998 and 2009.

He has been married to Rebecca Jane Silk since 1991 and they live in his Cambridgeshire constituency with their son and daughter.

Political career

Djanogly was elected as a councillor for Regents Park ward in the City of Westminstermarker in 1994. He unsuccessfully contested the parliamentarymarker seat of Oxford Eastmarker at the 1997 General Election where he was defeated by the sitting Labour MP Andrew Smith by 16,665 votes. Before the 2001 General Election he was selected as Conservative candidate for the very safe seat of Huntingdon, following the retirement of sitting MP and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Sir John Major. Djanogly resigned his council seat early in 2001 shortly before the general election campaign.

At the 2001 election Djanogly held the Huntingdon seat comfortably with a majority of 12,792 and has remained an MP since. He made his maiden speech on 2 July 2001.

He served on the Trade and Industry Select Committee from 2001, and was promoted to the frontbench by Michael Howard as an opposition spokesman on Home Affairs in 2004, and has been the Shadow Solicitor General since May 2004.

In the 2009 United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal it has been alleged that Jonathan Djanogly improperly claimed expenses for a "cleaner" who was actually a childminder. In response Djanogly stated that the person in question was employed as a cleaner although “there would clearly have been times during evenings when she would have been there with a child alone, but this was not her job or what she was paid to do” and acknowledged that the person received no other payment for any services provided. In May 2009, The Daily Telegraph disclosed that Mr Djanogly claimed almost £5,000 on his parliamentary expenses for the installation of gates at his large constituency home. He has repaid £25,000 to parliamentary authorities for cleaning and gardening.

During Sir Thomas Legg's review into MPs' expenses, Mr Djanogly said he would question a request for him to make a repayment, but said he would pay it if still requested to do so at the end of the review. He would only say that the amount concerned was "less than £25,000".

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