Charles Hendry MP appointed to the Privy Council

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Wealden’s current serving MP, Charles Hendry has been appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and is therefore granted the title, The Right Honourable.

Mr Hendry, who lives in Hadlow Down, plans to stand down at the General Election.

Membership of the Privy Council is a privilege extended to senior politicians who are - or who have been - members of the House of Commons or Lords.

Each Privy Counsellor has the individual right of personal access to the Queen. Membership is for life.

Mr Hendry took office as Wealden MP with a majority of 17,179 (or 31.3% of the vote) in June 2001, succeeding Geoffrey Johnson-Smith.

He was born in May, 1959 in Cuckfield, educated at Rugby School and the University of Edinburgh.

Before entering politics he worked as an account manager with Ogilvy and Mather PR for six years from 1982, for two years as special adviser for the successive secretaries of state for social security and then became a senior consultant in the advertising industry, working for Burson Marsteller from 1990.

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election for the Derbyshire seat of High Peak but lost it at the 1997 general election.

He was re-elected to parliament at the 2001 general election.

In May 2010 he was appointed Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change where he served until 2012.