Alec Shelbrooke was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Elmet & Rothwell in May 2010, winning the seat from the Labour Party.
At the 2015 General Election Alec was re-elected and nearly doubled his majority, securing the second biggest Conservative majority in West Yorkshire. In the snap General Election of June 2017, Alec increased his majority once again whilst many other Conservative seats in West Yorkshire saw their majorities decrease.
Alec lives in the heart of the constituency with his wife Susan and their two dogs, Boris and Maggie. Living in the constituency allows Alec to stay in touch with issues that really matter to local people. Following six years as a Leeds City Councillor for the Harewood Ward, Alec describes becoming the Member of Parliament for his home constituency a huge honour.
The son of two teachers, Alec was born in 1976 and educated at Saint George’s Church of England Comprehensive School. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University where he graduated with honours in 1998. After graduation Alec relocated to Yorkshire and made his work and family life in Leeds. Living in Micklefield and first working as a kitchen and bathroom fitter, Alec later established a career in project management taking up a job with the University of Leeds. Alec is a member of campaign groups such as ‘Blue Collar Conservativism’ and the ‘Trade Union Reform Group’ describing himself as a Conservative Trade Unionist.
With over a decade of experience campaigning in Elmet & Rothwell, Alec knows not only what issues matter to local people, but has come to know nearly every road, avenue and cul-de-sac in the constituency by name. It is Alec’s promise to put the interests of his constituents before those of his own.
Alec at work
Alec is usually in Westminster Monday to Thursday each week and holds his advice surgeries at home in Elmet & Rothwell on Fridays and Saturdays.
Alec continues to work hard to deliver his six-point plan for Elmet & Rothwell, including a mission to make Elmet & Rothwell the UK’s first dementia-friendly constituency. Find out more about Alec’s Plan here.
Alec has served as the President of the Palace of Westminster Lions and supports a number of charities in Elmet & Rothwell promoting the ethos and values of the Lions Club International.
As past Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Thalidomide, and in conjunction with the Thalidomide Trust, Alec secured the extension of an £80m Thalidomide health grant to support the independent living of victims of the Thalidomide drug. In Parliament he has secured Adjournment Debates to raise matters associated with dementia care, welfare support and sentencing for drink-driving offences. He is a champion for workers’ rights and introduced the National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill to the House of Commons, calling for the abolition of unpaid internships.
Alec’s first experience working in Government came in September 2012 when he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister of State for Northern Ireland. He returned to the backbenches in October 2013 to better represent his constituents over issues with the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill.
Alec takes a keen interest in foreign affairs. After a period serving in government as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, appointed Alec as a UK representative to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in May 2015, a position he continues to hold today. Since then, Alec has concentrated on defence and security matters within the alliance as a member of the Strategic Defence & Security Committee and has recently joined the Political Committee to work closer with both allies and partner countries.
Alec has represented the United Kingdom at a number of Rose Roth seminars, bringing together NATO partner countries. He also took part in election monitoring in Georgia’s 2016 General Election.
Shortly after his third successful election to the House of Commons in June 2017, Alec Shelbrooke was appointed Vice-Chairman (International) of the Conservative Party, a role which involves building relationships with international sister parties and working with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to enhance democratic institutions and political party structures in the developing world.
Alec at home
Alec is a Formula 1 enthusiast and enjoys spending a few hours watching the Grand Prix. Fridays and Saturdays are usually spent holding Supermarket Surgeries around the constituency but in his spare time Alec enjoys sport, particularly playing football. Alec keeps Sundays free to spend with his family, but from his frequent visits to music sessions in his local pub, regulars know him to be a frustrated rock star!