Richard Bacon MP was first elected as Member of Parliament for South Norfolk in 2001. Since then he has been an active constituency MP and has twice been re-elected to represent the South Norfolk constituency, each time with an increased majority.
Richard works with a wide variety of groups in the local community. For many years he has campaigned to change the law to provide for compulsory country-of-origin labelling for food, especially for meat products, to give British farmers a fair deal and to allow consumers to make an informed choice in the shops. Richard’s latest Food Labelling Bill is currently before Parliament.
Richard is a member of Parliament's public spending watchdog, the influential Public Accounts Committee. He has led moves to increase scrutiny of private finance initiative projects including the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (as featured in BBC Radio 4's ‘File on 4’ programme), as well as campaigning for government IT projects to be open to greater public scrutiny. Computer Weekly magazine described his efforts as ‘set to save millions of pounds’. Richard also served for 4 years as a member of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee and he has been a trenchant critic of financial mismanagement and fraud in the European Union.
Born in 1962, Richard was educated at The King's School, Worcester before going to the London School of Economics, where he took a First Class Honours degree in politics and economics. He also studied at the Goethe Institut in Berlin. After working in investment banking and financial journalism, Richard became an Associate Partner of Brunswick, a leading financial public relations consultancy, before setting up his own business, the English Word Factory, advising large companies on communications.
Richard first became active in politics in the late 1970s and has held a wide variety of voluntary positions in the Conservative Party. In 2006 his fellow MPs voted him ‘Backbencher of the Year’ and he was also awarded the title ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ by the Spectator magazine. In 2006 his fellow MPs voted him ‘Backbencher of the Year’. Richard was also awarded the title ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ twice, both by the Spectator magazine and by the Political Studies Association. The ConservativeHome website also voted him the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian of the Year’.
Richard is married to Victoria, with two children, and lives locally with his family.
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