Around 50 accountant-candidates running

This year's election has produced a bumper crop of prospective parliamentary candidates from the accountancy profession - so far we've identified 50 or so, and more are likely to surface as the campaign continues.

During our research, some interesting patterns emerged. Few members of the profession would be surprised to learn that PwC has the highest number of candidates, but the proportion was very striking. While Deloitte & KPMG only had one or two each, the constituent firms of PwC cropped up time and again. Several candidates referred to their employers obliquely as "Big Four" accountancy firms or "leading professional services organisation". Again, the Conservative majority is no surprise, but what stood out was the presence of several young and photogenic women accountants among their list - it seems that the profession has been a primary source for the Cameron cuties the Tories have recruited to beat back the gains of Blair's babes.

Liberal-Democrat candidate Geoff Seeff was surprised to learn there were so many accountants in the running. “I’d hate to think that out of a Parliament of 650 that 50 MPs were accountants,” he quipped.

But that wouldn’t be such a bad thing, he added: “I think all 50 candidates will have something in common. Professional accountants are trained to analyse, challenge and question... I imagine the other 49 of my colleagues will approach the task in the same way.”

Below is the list of accountant-candidates we've identified so far. We attempted to make contact with most of them and will post their comments both in this discussion group and in summary articles on the main AccountingWEB news and tax pages, where relevant.

Conservatives (25)
Irwin Armstrong, North Antrim
Peter Bone, Wellingborough
Karen Bradley ACA CTA, Staffordshire Moorlands
Ian Cuthbert, Washington and Sunderland West
Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal
Stewart Geddes, Edinburgh West
Nick Gibb, Bognor Regis
Justine Greening, Putney
John Gough, Barrow and Furness
Mark Harper, Forest of Dean
David Heathcoat-Amory, Wells
Mark Hoban, Fareham
Michael Holly FCA, Heywood and Middleton
Meirion Jenkins, Birmingham Yardley
Jeremy Lefroy Stafford
Karen Lumley, Redditch
Nigel Mills, Amber Valley
David Mowat, Warrington South
Gary Mulvaney, Argyll and Bute
James Rushton, Stoke-on-Trent South
Alok Sharma, Candidate for Reading West
Deborah Thomas, Twickenham
Anne-Marie Trevelyan ACA (PwC), Berwick-upon-Tweed
Elizabeth Truss, South West Norfolk
Alex Williams, Stretford and Urmston

Labour (4)
Robert Deeks, Christchurch
Michael Foster ACMA, Worcester
Sarah McCarthy-Fry ACMA, Portsmouth North
David Reeves, PPC for Mid Bedfordshire
 
Liberal-Democrats (17)
Nasser Butt, Tooting (ACCA qualified)
Michael Cox, Uxbridge & South Ruislip (chartered)
Victor D'Albert , Bury South
Derek Deedman (CIPFA), Arundel & South Downs
Charles Dundas, Livingstone (CIMA trainee who "left finance for politics")
John Edwards Beaconsfield
Alex Feakes, Lewisham West & Penge
Karen Hamilton, Birmingham Perry Barr
Satnam Kaur Khalsa, Hayes & Harlington
Ian Jackson, Lichfield
Tim McKay, Edinburgh South West
Michael Moore, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Bruce Roberts, Clwyd South
Geoffrey Seeff, Chingford & Woodford Green (CIMA)
Naiomi Smith, Cities of London & Westminster (Head of R&D at CIMA ex-Deloitte)
Ian Swales, Redcar
Julian Tisi, Windsor (Chartered, currently a finance manager for Centrica plc)
 
Green Party
Jack Easton, St Albans
 
UK Independence Party
Charles Dodman, Eddisbury
 
Please let us know if you know of any other accountant/parliamentary candidates, or pick up news about the contributions they make to the campaign.

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cymraeg_draig's picture

Novel

cymraeg_draig | | Permalink

It would be novel to have an accountant who actually understood finance as Chanellor.

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