- Bill Cash
name = Bill Cash
honorific-suffix = MP
constituency_MP = Stone
term_start = 1 May 1997
majority = 9,089 (19.3%)
predecessor = "new constituency"
constituency_MP2 = Stafford
term_start2 = 3 May 1984
term_end2 = 1 May 1997
predecessor2 = Hugh Fraser
birth_date = Birth date and age|1940|05|10|df=yes
birth_place = Finsbury,
nationality = British
spouse = Bridget Mary Lee
party = Conservative
Lincoln College, Oxford
He was educated at the Jesuit
Stonyhurst Collegein Lancashireand at Lincoln College, Oxford(MA History). He qualified as a solicitor in 1967 and since 1979 has practised as a solicitor in his own account (i.e. he is not employed by a law firm or a member of a partnership) [ [http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/choosingandusing/findasolicitor/view=solicitordetails.law?id=95050&orgid=44809&SURNAME=cash&FORENAMES=&FIRMNAME=&POSTCODE=&searchType=S Law Society of England & Wales - website] ] . (constitutional and administration lawyers). He is a member of the Cash (nametag manufacturers) family. He married Bridget Mary née Lee in 1965, and they have two sons, and a daughter.
He lives at Upton Cresset Hall, near
He has served on various parliamentary committees: the All-Party Committee on East Africa (1988 -), the All-Party Group for the Jubilee 2000 (1997-2000), but more notably the Select Committee on European Legislation (1985 - ), and as chairman of the Conservative Backbench Committee on European Affairs 1989-1991. He is known as a strong eurosceptic and at one point was ringleader of a rebellion over the
Maastricht treatythat almost brought down John Major's government. He was described by Ken Clarkeas the most euro-sceptic Member of Parliament. In 1993 he founded and is chairman of the euro-sceptic European Foundationwhich was created during the Maastricht Rebellion, the funding for which he organised. During 1994-1995 he was member of the Tindemans group.He is currently Secretary of the European Reform Forum, and is a Vice-President of the Conservative Small Business Bureau (1986- ),
After he became leader, fellow Maastricht rebel
Iain Duncan Smithgave him the post of shadow Attorney Generalin 2001, and in 2003 was made a spokesman on Constitutional Affairs but he returned to the backbenches later that year after Duncan Smith was ousted as party leader.
References and publications
* Black, A & C, "Who's Who", published annually in London.
* Cash, William, "Against a Federal Europe - The Battle for Britain", London, 1991.
* Cash, William, "Europe: the crunch", London, 1992.
* [http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&personID=4605 Bill Cash MP] biography at the site of the Conservative Party
* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Bill+Cash/ ePolitix.com - Bill Cash]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-10417,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Bill Cash MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/william_cash/stone TheyWorkForYou.com - William Cash MP]
* [http://publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=William_Cash&mpc=Stone The Public Whip - William Cash MP] voting record
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/545.stm BBC News profile] (30 March 2006)
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