Francis Maude was re-elected MP for Horsham in May 2010 with a majority of 11,460. In February 2015 he announced his decision to stand down at the upcoming general election and in May was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
Francis was born in 1953. He was educated at Abingdon School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and the College of Law. He is married with five children.
Francis practised at the criminal bar from 1977-85 and was a councillor for the City of Westminster from 1978-84. He was elected as Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire in 1983 until 1992 during which time he was PPS to the Hon Peter Morrison MP, Minister of State for Employment, (1984-85); Assistant Government Whip (1985-87); Minister for Corporate and Consumer Affairs at Department of Trade and Industry (1987-89); Minister of State at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1989-90); and Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1990-92).
In June 1992 he was made a Privy Counsellor in the Dissolution Honours List.
Francis was appointed a non-executive Director of ASDA Group Plc in July 1992. He was a Director of Salomon Brothers from 1992-93; a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley & Co Ltd 1993-97. Francis was Chairman of the Government's Deregulation Task Force from 1994-97.
In May 1997 Francis was elected to serve as Member of Parliament for Horsham.
In June 1997, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Francis was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from June 1998 until February 2000 and from February 2000 to September 2001, he was Shadow Foreign Secretary.
In May 2005, Francis returned to the Shadow Front Bench when he was appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party.
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