Who's who - Rt. Hon. Michael Fallon MP

President of RSBC
Rt Hon Michael Fallon

Rt Hon Michael Fallon has been MP for Sevenoaks since 1997 and former Secretary of State for Defence. He was an Education Minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and is now a senior Parliamentarian and member of the coalition cabinet.

Michael was born in Scotland in 1952, and educated at Epsom College. He graduated Honours MA in Classics and Ancient History from St Andrews University.

He is married to Wendy and they have two sons; their home is in Sundridge, in the heart of the constituency. Locally, Michael is a patron of the Rockdale House Appeal, honorary member of the Darenth Valley Rotary Club, patron of Darenth Valley Youth Music, president of the Friends of Sundridge Church, and a member of The Sevenoaks Society.

Michael is a regular writer and broadcaster on politics, economics and education. His publications include The Caravan Moves On, The Quango Explosion, Sovereign Members and Brighter Schools. He is also chairman of the All-Party Classics Group.

Business career

Michael is a former director of two companies: Quality Care Homes Plc (nursing homes), and Just Learning Ltd (nurseries) and currently non-executive director of Tullett Prebon Plc (inter-dealing broking) and Attendo AB (Scandinavian social and health care).

Political career

He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983 for the marginal seat of Darlington. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Cecil Parkinson, Secretary of State for Energy, from 1987 to 1988. He then joined the government, first as a government whip and was promoted to Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. In 1990 he became Schools Minister, a position he held until 1992.

During his time at the Department of Education he introduced Local Management of Schools, giving 20,000 primary schools their own budgets for the first time, and he began the reform of teacher training.

In 1997 he won the Sevenoaks seat with a 10,461 majority; he was re-elected at the 2001 and 2005 elections and again in 2010 with a majority of 17,515. He is currently a senior Tory member of the Treasury Select Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.

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Victoria Cleland

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Viv Lawrence

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Viv has been involved with the charity sector through a charity linked to his old school and is a current Trustee of the Royal Society for Blind Children. He is also a Vice-President of the Royal Society for Blind Children.

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