John Lawrence Flasby Whittingdale has been the MP for the Maldon constituency since 1992, maintaining a 65 year old Conservative hold over the area. During the expenses scandal of 2010 it was revealed that John had claimed for a second home in London despite his close proximity to the city.
John was also caught up in scandal this year when it was found he had been in a relationship with a female sex worker back in 2014, although he claims he did not know of her occupation at the time.
In 2013, John was one of the MP’s who voted against the same-sex marriages bill, and the following year, voted against the Equal Pay Transparency Bill.
Alongside this, John’s half-brother is Charles Napier, who was treasurer of the disbanded Paedophile Information Exchange, was found guilty of child sexual abuse offences in 2014.
John’s other appointments include secretary of state for culture media and sport until 2016 during Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. He became the chairman of the culture media and sport select committee in 2005, during which time he led the libel and privacy investigation into the News of the World.
In 2011, he receive the spectator’s award for Inquisitor of the Year for the committee’s work on the investigation.
John graduated from University College London with a 2:2 in Economics in 1982. During his time at the university, he was chairman of the Conservative society. He was made an OBE upon Margaret Thatcher’s resignation in 1990.