Sir Mike Penning MP delighted at being elected for a 5th term.
Sir Mike Penning was delighted at securing re-election as the Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead. in November 2019.
He said: “I am chuffed to bits with this result. It is a great honour to represent the people of this fantastic constituency and I am delighted to have been re-elected again – especially by such a margin.
I thank everyone who voted for me and who helped me during this election campaign. We can now get on with the things that really matter – negotiating our future relationship with Europe and honouring our election promises on the NHS, police and schools. Locally, I will continue to push for the new money promised for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust to be spent on a new hospital on a new site – not wasted on a revamp of the Watford site.”
Sir Mike won the seat with 28,968 votes which at 56.5% is the highest share of the vote ever. He secured a majority of 14,563.
Biography of Rt. Hon. Sir Mike Penning Parliamentary MP for Hemel Hempstead
Sir Mike was first elected to serve the people of Hemel Hempstead in May 2005. He served in Government from 2010 until 2017 where he served as Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions and the Northern Ireland Office and as a junior Minister at the Department for Transport. Mike was appointed a Privy Counsellor in March 2014 and was knighted in October 2017.
He has previously served on the Health Select Committee and as executive member of the Conservative 1922 Committee. He was a Shadow Minister for Health from 2007 to 2010.
Mike was born in North London in 1957 and educated in Essex at Appleton and King Edmund Comprehensive Schools. He is married to Angela and has two daughters Adele and Abby. They live in the Old Town in Hemel.
Mike joined the Army as a boy soldier and served with the Grenadier Guards in Northern Ireland, Kenya and Germany; he also undertook ceremonial duties in London including Trooping the Colour. On leaving the Army Mike served as a full time fireman in Essex for many years before going into the family business and later, after several career changes, into political journalism.
Mike won the Hemel Hempstead seat in 2005 having previously stood in Thurrock. In 2010 he increased his majority from 499 to 13,406 despite boundary changes that reduced the size of the constituency. He achieved the largest Lab-Con swing in the country.
Mike has many interests outside of politics. Along with being a dedicated family man, he is passionate about sport, especially Rugby Union and Football.