Sir David Amess MP


All About Sir David

Sir David Amess Conservative Candidate lives in Southend with his wife Julia and their five children. He has been a member of parliament since 1983 and has represented the constituency of Southend West since 1997. He has been extremely active as an MP, sponsoring bills such as the Pet Animals Bill in 1990, the Abortion (Amendment) Bill in 1996-7 and the Warm Homes Bill which passed in to law in December of 2000.

David's favourite charities include the Fairhaven and St. Luke’s Hospices and the Salvation Army. He enjoys reading, writing, sports and gardening.

Surgery held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 9.00am – 12.00 noon in Iveagh Hall.  No appointment necessary, first come first served.

Personal Details

Sir David Amess MP
Southend West

Electoral history
Contested Newham North West 1979 general election. Member for Basildon 1983-97, for Southend West since 1 May 1997 general election

Councils, public bodies
Councillor Redbridge Council 1982-86

Current Career in the Commons
Commons Backbench committees
Chair Conservative Party Backbench Committee for Health 1999-;
Vice-chair Conservative Health/Social Services Policy Committee 2001-
Health Select Committee from 1998 to 2007

Panel of Chairs 2001 – present

Backbench Business Committee 2012
All-party groups (office-holding)

Hepatology Group 2004-;
All Party Group for Maternity
All Party Fire Safety and Rescue Group
All Party Hepatology Group
All Party British-Maldives Parliamentary Group
All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Bahrain

Thrombosis Group 2006-;
Hungary Group 2001-;

Other Officer Positions:
Treasurer, North Korea Group 2004-;

Party posts
Hon. Secretary, Conservative Friends of Israel 1998-;
Member Executive 1922 Committee 2004-


Member Executive, 1922 Executive Committee, 2004-12
Chairman, 1912 Club, 1996-
Founder member, Wallenberg Appeal Foundation


PPS to:
Parliamentary under secretaries, DHSS:
Edwina Currie 1987-88,
Lord Skelmersdale 1988,
to Michael Portillo:
as Minister of State:
Department of Transport 1988-90,
Department of Environment 1990-92,
as Chief Secretary to the Treasury 1992-94,
as Secretary of State:
for Employment 1994-95,
for Defence 1995-97

Horses and Ponies Bill 1984-85,
Members of Parliament (Minimum Age) Bill 1984-85,
Horses, Ponies and Donkeys Bill 1987-88,
Abortion (Right of Conscience) (Amendment) Bill 1988-89,
British Nationality (Hon. Citizenship) Bill 1988-89,
Adoption (Amendment) Bill 1989-90,
Dogs Bill 1989-90,
Pet Animals (Amendment) Bill 1990-91,
Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988,
Human Fertilisation (Choice) Bill 1992-93,
Voluntary Personal Security Cards Bill 1992-93,
Football Matches (Violent and Disorderly Conduct) Bill 1992-93,
Newly Qualified Drivers Bill 1993-94,
Coercion in Family Planning (Prohibition) Bill 1994-95,
Freezing of Human Embyros Bill 1995-96,
Abortion (Amendment) Bill 1996-97,
Reform of Quarantine Regulations Bill 1997-98,
Voluntary Personal Security Cards Bill 1997-98,
The Warm Homes Act 2000

Commons Select Committees
Chairmen’s Panel 2001- 2011