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Following the General Election in May 2010, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, appointed Eric as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

In January 2009 David Cameron appointed Eric Pickles The Chairman of the Conservative Party

If you ever start to worry that Dave's Conservatives are all soft-cheeked trendy toffs, take a moment to admire the girth, the stout cloth, dammit, even the tie-clip of this briny, plain-speaking, subtle, human politician.”

Benedict Brogan of the Daily Mail


“the jovial and blunt-speaking”


Nicholas Watt of the Guardian


"The man is - and aways has been - an absolute star."


Iain Dale of "Iain Dale's Diary"


A "Bluff Diamond"

Peter Hetherington The Guardian


I've come here expecting Chairman Pickles to be in a state of high  excitement but, as usual, he moves through all this febrility like a hippopotamus through mud: slowly, calmly, and with weird grace." Rachel Cooke’s profile of Eric in The Observer 24th May 2009

July 2007 joined the Shadow Cabinet as Communities and Local Government Secretary

From August 2005 until July 2007 he was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party

In June 2002, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government & the Regions

In September 2001, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport and Shadow Minister for London.

In August 1998, Eric was appointed Frontbench Social Security Spokesman

From July 1997 until August 1998, Eric was a Member of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee, Chairman of the All Party Film Group, and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Environment, Transport and The Regions Committee.

In 1996, he was a Member of the Transport Select Committee

From May 1993 until June 1997, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, with special responsibility for local government affairs.

From February 1993 until May 1993, Eric was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tim Sainsbury MP, Minister for Industry.

Eric has been Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar since April 1992. Previous political appointments include:

  • Leader of Bradford Council (1988-1990),
  • Deputy-Leader of the Conservative GroupAMA (1989-1991),
  • National Young Conservative Chairman (1980-81)
  • Member of Yorkshire Regional Health Authority (1982-1990),
  • Vice-Chairman of Keighley Conservative Association (1986-1990),
  • Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee Against Racism (1982-1987),
  • Member of the Environment Select Committee (1992-1993).

Eric was born in 1952. He was educated at Greenhead Grammar School, (a comprehensive) Keighley, and Leeds Polytechnic. He is married. He has previously worked as a Consultant in Employment Practice and Local Government Editor for Conservative Newsline (1990-92). He is a trustee of two local charities - Brentwood Foyer and Brentwood Theatre. 

Eric’s Parliamentary claims 2004-2008


Who works for Eric in Brentwood and Ongar?


Eric pays for research from the PRU what is it?


Click here to see Eric’s latest expenses claim


Click here to see Eric’s latest travel claim


Fees Office Memo on Eric’s Claims 1 March 2007


Click here for details of Eric's London Flat


Click here for details of Eric’s cleaning bill request from Legg


Click here to see Eric's expenses claim for April to July 2008


Click here to see Eric’s declaration of interest


Brentwood Gazette’s

Verdict on Eric Pickles’ Parliamentary Claims



"Our MP is one of the few saintly figures to emerge in the aftermath of the expenses scandal.


Eric Pickles, MP for Brentwood and Ongar, had nothing to hide when he visited the Gazette to show us his claims sheets and bills.


Mr. Pickles was among the lowest claimants for his second home in Wapping and has stopped claiming the additional costs allowance for the flat since becoming Party Chairman.


Furthermore, he has never claimed for a taxi journey, never maxed out his £400 a month food budget and never claimed for furnishings, appliances and luxury items in his home."

To read more click here



“You would expect Mr Pickles, as a member of the shadow cabinet, to have exceptionally high expenses. In fact he ranks 467th of 636 members. He has been, as far as we can measure, more fastidious, frugal and upright about his expenses than all but a handful of his colleagues.”  Christopher Caldwell FT columnist (3rd April 2009)



Daily Telegraph Your MPS and their expenses: what they claimed and when”


“Claimed mortgage interest of less than £250 a month and a service charge of £750 a year for a flat in east London. One of the lower claimers. Stopped using the additional cost allowance to run a second home when made party chairman.” Daily Telegraph 22 June 2009


Last updated June 2009

Wed, 4 March 2015
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