Jeremy Quin was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the Horsham constituency in May 2015 and re-elected in June 2017 with an increased share of the vote.
He is very actively engaged in the constituency at every level. In Westminster he is particularly focused on issues impacting the constituency. He has helped convene debates on Southern Rail and on “Fair Funding” in education: drawing on close contact with local schools and personal experience prior to his election as a school governor. Prior to 2015 Jeremy was previously involved in the establishment of a School for autistic students, was chairman of a countryside educational charity and served as an ambassador for the charity “Debate Mate” which encourages competitive debating, especially focusing on improving skills and confidence is less privileged schools.
He is a keen supporter of airport expansion at Heathrow rather than Gatwick. He believes that expansion at Heathrow is in the national interest – and prevents the extraordinary strain on local infrastructure that a new runway at Gatwick would create. He campaigned hard on the issue and was delighted by the Government's decision in favour of expanding Heathrow. While Jeremy supports the jobs and economic benefit that Gatwick brings to our area he continues to represent constituents on issues such as aircraft noise
Jeremy was selected by the Parliamentary Conservative Party to serve in his first term on the Work and Pensions Select Committee. Financial Inclusion is an issue close to his heart; he is a former director of a credit union – providing alternative means of accessing banking services and an ethical alternative to “doorstep lending”. Prior to his election in 2015, he served as a regular overnight volunteer in a homeless shelter. From January 2016 through to his appointment to the Government in 2018, Jeremy served as a member of the Financial Inclusion Commission a cross-party body which works to improve financial inclusion.
Jeremy was appointed by the DWP Select Committee to help investigate the events surrounding the collapse of BHS. The subsequent report has helped prompt the demands for changes to private company governance to protect employees and pensioners.
Jeremy campaigned to “Remain” in the EU Referendum but pledged to honour and implement in the best way possible the decision made by the British people. He was appointed subsequently by the Prime Minister to serve as the Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Jeremy accepted a role in the Government as a member of the Whips Office in July 2018 and was promoted to be a senior Whip (a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) in November 2018. In July 2019, following Boris Johnson's appointment as Prime Minister by Her Majesty the Queen, Jeremy was promoted further within the Whip's Office to take up the number 3 position behind the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip to become Comptroller of Her Majesty's Household.
Although the formal role involves accompanying members of the Royal Family on particular visits, in practice the role is about managing parliamentary business, ensuring legislation is passed and acting as a conduit between the Government and all Members of Parliament. Unusually for a Whip, Jeremy is also able to speak from the Dispatch Box from time to time.
Given the passage of legislation to give effect to the UK’s departure from the European Union, this is a particularly interesting time to serve in this Office.
He also takes a close interest in Economic and Treasury issues. This follows a professional career as a Company Adviser: on leaving University he joined NatWest Securities (which later became part of Deutsche Bank) becoming a Managing Director of his firm in 2001. In 2008-2009 at the request of HM Treasury he joined them on secondment serving as Senior Corporate Finance Adviser, assisting them on the UK’s response to the financial crisis.
He was born in Aylesbury and is married to Joanna. They both knew the constituency well before Jeremy was first selected and have enjoyed making their home in Horsham.
The son of a primary school teacher and agricultural merchant (later ordained as a Church of England Vicar), Jeremy attended St Albans School before reading History at Oxford.