On June 23rd, the UK will go to the polls to decide whether to remain a member of the European Union or not.
On June 3rd, Kingston & Surbiton Conservative Association will host its own 'In or Out' debate, which will pit Paul Scully (MP for neighboring Sutton and Cheam) against Richard Ashworth (MEP for South East England). Whether you have made up your mind or are still deciding, please come along to listen to the arguments and ask your questions. The event will be taking place at St Mark's C of E Church Hall (Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4LS). Below you will find a biography for both of our speakers:
Paul Scully MP:
Paul, along with our very own James Berry MP, is part of the new intake of Conservative MPs having being elected as the MP for Sutton and Cheam at the 2015 General Election. The similarities don’t end there, as Paul Burstow (the then sitting Liberal Democrat MP) had held his seat since the 1997 General Election, which also saw Sir Edward Davey elected as the MP for Kingston & Surbiton.
Paul was educated at Bedford School and later the University of Reading. Previously a parliamentary aide for former Croyden Central MP Andrew Pelling, Paul entered elected office himself as a Town Councillor in 2006 and served until 2010. He was also the Conservative Leader of Sutton Council until 2010. Following this he worked for Reading West MP Alok Sharma and set up his own small business, a public and corporate affairs consultancy.
Paul is UK-born Anglo-Indian-Burmese and is very proud of his heritage; he has previously stated that he is the first MP to be of Burmese heritage. He has lived in Sutton for twenty eight years and is active in the community. He is a regular volunteer at St Helier Hospital, a school governor and a governor at Sutton College.
Richard Ashworth MEP:
Richard is the UK Conservative spokesman and member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Budgets and Budgetary Control committees. He is also a member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
He has previously held the roles of Leader of the UK Conservatives in the European Parliament, Deputy Leader, Assistant Whip and Chief Whip.
Outside of politics, he worked as a dairy farmer in East Sussex for over thirty years and during this time developed his own business processing and retailing dairy products. Carrying on this theme, Richard became a founder director and was for some years the Chairman of United Milk Plc.
He has been the chairman of NFU Corporate, the organisation that represents Britain’s farmer controlled agri-business and co-operatives in London and Brussels. He has also been a member of the Minister of Agriculture’s food chain advisory committee.
Richard was a candidate in the 1997 General Election (North Devon constituency) and also the 1999 European election (South East region). Richard has been a Conservative Association chairman and has also served on the Sussex County Executive.
A particular interest of Richard’s is education and he was chairman of Plumpton College in East Sussex for 15 years as well as serving on several public bodies in the education sector. His commitment to bettering education and in particular vocational learning plays an important role in Richard’s parliamentary work.
Richard was born in 1947 in Folkestone, Kent and he is married to Sally. They have three daughters. He was educated at The King’s School, Canterbury and studied agriculture and management at Seale-Hayne College in Devon. His interests include music, theatre, sport, aviation and countryside pursuits.