Jeremy Wright
Official portrait, 2018
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
In office
9 July 2018 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byMatt Hancock
Succeeded byNicky Morgan
Attorney General for England and Wales
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
In office
15 July 2014 – 9 July 2018
Prime Minister
Preceded byDominic Grieve
Succeeded bySir Geoffrey Cox
Minister of State for Prisons
In office
6 September 2012 – 15 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byCrispin Blunt
Succeeded byAndrew Selous
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
12 May 2010 – 6 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded bySteve McCabe
Succeeded byMark Lancaster
Member of Parliament
for Kenilworth and Southam
Rugby and Kenilworth (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byAndy King
Majority20,353 (38.7%)
Personal details
Born (1972-10-24) 24 October 1972 (age 49)
Taunton, Somerset, England
Political partyConservative
Yvonne Salter
(m. 1998)
Residence(s)Shrewley, Warwickshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
WebsiteGovernment website

Jeremy Paul Wright QC MP (born 24 October 1972) is a British lawyer and politician who served as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 2018 to 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kenilworth and Southam, previously Rugby and Kenilworth, since the 2005 general election.

He served as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 12 May 2010 until his appointment as Minister of State for Prisons at the Ministry of Justice on 6 September 2012. He became Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland on 15 July 2014. Wright replaced Matt Hancock as Culture Secretary on 9 July 2018, serving in the post for a year until being sacked in July 2019 and returning to the back benches.[1]

Early life

Wright was born in Taunton, Somerset. His parents were both teachers and he has one brother who served as a Commander in the Royal Navy. Wright was educated at two independent schools: Taunton School and Trinity School, New York City, before going to the University of Exeter, where he graduated as a Bachelor of Laws.

He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1996 and specialised in criminal law in the Midlands until his election to Parliament in 2005.[2] He remains a member of No.5 Chambers in Birmingham but is officially listed as non-practising as of May 2013.[3][4]

Parliamentary career

Wright was first elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election, when he won the seat of Rugby and Kenilworth from the sitting Labour MP Andy King who had represented the constituency since the 1997 general election. At the 2010 election he retained the newly created Kenilworth and Southam constituency, increasing his majority to 12,552.[3]

In July 2007 Wright was appointed as an Opposition Whip and served as a Government Whip from 2010 until 2012, holding the office of Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.[2][3][5] He served as a member of the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee between 2005 and 2007.[2][5] In September 2012 Wright was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. His specific responsibility was as Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation.[3][5][6] He was appointed Attorney General on 15 July 2014, replacing Dominic Grieve. For the purposes of this role, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel.[7]

Wright set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007.

Wright has generally supported the proposals for the HS2 London to Birmingham rail link which will run through his constituency.[8] He has opposed some of the detailed original plans for the route, although supporting route changes made in 2010.[9][10][11]

Wright speaks at the 150 Years of International Humanitarian Law: The UK Perspective event in London on 29 October 2014.
Wright speaks at the 150 Years of International Humanitarian Law: The UK Perspective event in London on 29 October 2014.

In 2016, Wright became the campaign manager for Stephen Crabb's leadership bid for the Conservative leadership election. Crabb withdrew from the contest after coming fourth in the first round and transferred his support to Theresa May.

Wright campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union before the EU membership referendum on 23 June 2016.[12]

In November 2016, Wright was criticised by a number of other Conservative MPs for his role in the Government's loss of a High Court case which gave MPs and peers a veto over when Brexit begins. Although it was suggested that he should resign as Attorney General, Wright retained his position.[13]

In July 2018, after a series of resignations[14] in May's cabinet after her decision of a "Soft Brexit" was reached at Chequers,[15] Wright was appointed to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, after Matt Hancock was moved to become Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.[16]

With Sajid Javid in late 2018, Wright warned social media firms that "the era of self-regulation is coming to an end" with regard to extremist content and announced a forthcoming 'online harms white paper', published in April 2019,[17] which is expected to introduce legal regulation of online publishers and social media, including new censorship rules.[18][19]

Stansted 15 Case

In 2019 - in his role at Attorney General he decided to prosecute the Stansted 15 under the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 – terror legislation that was first introduced in the aftermath of the Lockerbie bombing for their role in stopping one of the UK Government's Foreign Deportation flights.

In their appeal, lawyers for the defence argued the legislation used to convict the group was not only rarely used but also was not intended for the kinds of peaceful actions undertaken by their clients. They said the prosecution stretched the meaning of the law by characterising the lock-on equipment they used to blockade the runway as devices used to endanger life.

In its judgment, the court of appeal stated that they “should not have been prosecuted for the extremely serious offence, because [their] conduct did not satisfy the various elements of the offence,” adding “there was in truth, no case to answer”.

Register of Members' Interests

From 1 September 2021 to 1 September 2022, Wright has been Professor of Practice at the University of Warwick in Coventry, for which he receives £10,000 per annum, paid monthly. This is for approximately 3 hrs a week. (Registered 01 October 2021).[20]

Expenses claims

Wright has defended his expenses claims as an MP, including claiming nearly £3,000 for the purchase of furniture for a flat in London after he became an MP in 2005.[21] He repaid £46.71 over-claimed for council tax in 2007–08 after a "genuine mistake".[22] He also claimed just under £800 in mobile phone call charges which he was ordered to repay.[22] He appealed the decision to order repayment of these expenses, claiming that he had requested permission to charge an amount for mobile phone calls as he did not have a landline installed in his London flat.[22][23][24] Wright succeeded in his appeal and was not required to repay the amount claimed for mobile phone calls.[25] Wright published errors on his website in 2009, placing political links on it, an activity banned if costs for the site are paid for from Parliamentary expenses, although he was not required to repay the expenses claimed in this instance.[26]

Personal life

He married Yvonne Salter in 1998, with whom he has a son and a daughter. He and his wife live in the village of Shrewley in Warwickshire.[2][27]

In November 2018, Wright said that he likes to unwind by spending time with his "very large" Lego collection. Wright described assembling lego bricks as "therapeutic".[28]


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  2. ^ a b c d 'WRIGHT, Jeremy Paul', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2012; online edn, November 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Jeremy Wright MP, Democracy Live, BBC. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  4. ^ WRIGHT, Jeremy (Kenilworth and Southam), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1. As at 7 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
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  6. ^ Jeremy Paul Wright, Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  7. ^ "The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP – GOV.UK".
  8. ^ Warwickshire candidates support high-speed rail link, BBC election 2010, 14 April 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  9. ^ High-speed route in Warwickshire 'revised', says MP, BBC News, 8 September 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  10. ^ Warwickshire MP joins HS2 protest group, Coventry Telegraph, 11 October 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  11. ^ County divided on HS2 rail route, BBC News, 10 January 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  12. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  13. ^ Christopher Hope (3 November 2016). "Attorney General Jeremy Wright under pressure to quit after shock High Court defeat over Brexit timing". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  14. ^ Stewart, Heather; Crerar, Pippa; Sabbagh, Dan (9 July 2018). "May's plan 'sticks in the throat', says Boris Johnson as he resigns over Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  15. ^ "At-a-glance: The new UK Brexit plan". BBC News. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Who is the health secretary Matt Hancock as Jeremy Hunt becomes foreign sec?". Metro. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  17. ^ Online Harms white paper, UK government, April 2019
  18. ^ "Christchurch attack: tech firms must clean up platforms – Javid". The Guardian. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  19. ^ All that's wrong with the UK's crusade against online harms, WIRED, Gian Volpicelli, 9 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Jeremy Wright MP, Kenilworth and Southam". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  21. ^ My furniture claim was not extravagant, Coventry Telegraph, 1 June 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  22. ^ a b c Jeremy Wright MP made mobile phone and furniture expenses claims, Coventry Telegraph, 30 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  23. ^ Tory whip appealing against MPs' expenses payback demand, The Guardian, 23 December 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  24. ^ Tory MP Jeremy Wright appeals over MPs expenses order, Coventry Telegraph, 23 December 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  25. ^ MP Jeremy Wright won't have to repay £700 expenses, Coventry Telegraph, 3 February 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  26. ^ Tory candidate Jeremy Wright under pressure to repay expenses after breaking rules, Birmingham Post, 29 April 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  27. ^ "About Jeremy". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  28. ^ "Which cabinet minister uses Lego to relax?". BBC News. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byAndy King Member of Parliamentfor Rugby and Kenilworth 2005–2010 Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliamentfor Kenilworth and Southam 2010–present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byCrispin Blunt Minister of State for Justice 2012–2014 Succeeded byMike Penning Preceded byDominic Grieve Attorney General for England and Wales 2014–2018 Succeeded byGeoffrey Cox Advocate General for Northern Ireland 2014–2018 Preceded byMatt Hancock Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 2018–2019 Succeeded byNicky Morgan