7 Facts About James Cleverly

1. In January 2015, James Cleverly was selected to be the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Braintree in the 7 May general election, after the sitting Conservative MP, Brooks Newmark.

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2. In October 2013, James Cleverly advocated scrapping the minimum wage at a fringe event within the Conservative Party Conference.

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3. In November 2010, James Cleverly was re-selected to be the Conservative candidate for Bexley and Bromley in the 2012 GLA elections, going on to win the seat with 88,482 votes and a majority of 47,768.

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4. In February 2010, James Cleverly was appointed as the Chairman of the London Waste and Recycling Board, replacing Boris Johnson who had stood down.

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5. In January 2009, James Cleverly was appointed as the Mayor of London's Youth Ambassador, a newly created role which was seen as being a replacement post for the Deputy Mayor for Young People, a post left vacant after the resignation of Ray Lewis.

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6. In March 2007, James Cleverly was selected as the candidate for the Bexley and Bromley constituency of the London Assembly in a very tightly fought selection contest.

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7. On 6 October 1991, James Cleverly was commissioned into the Royal Artillery, Territorial Army, as a second lieutenant.

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