Greg Hands is MP for Hammersmith & Fulham. He joined the Conservative Party whilst at Cambridge University, and was the Chairman of the University Conservative Association in 1988, and was also an elected officer of the Students Union. He joined Fulham Conservatives in 1991.
In 1998, Greg was elected to the Council for the first time, propelling the Conservatives from third into first place in Eel Brook ward, and unseating the Liberal leader. A year later, Greg was elected Leader of the Conservative group on the Council, and led the Party in the 2002 Council elections to achieving its highest vote share – 43% - since 1978.
In October 2002, Greg was selected as the Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith & Fulham. The most marginal constituency in London at the 2005 General Election, Greg won the seat from Labour on a 7.35% swing. His majority is 5,029.
Greg’s main interests in national politics are in foreign affairs, housing policy and local government, counter-terrorism and the criminal justice system. Greg is a member of the Executive of Conservative Way Forward (CWF), a member of the Advisory Group of the I Want a Referendum campaign, a member of the Steering Group of the Cornerstone Group of MPs, a member of the 1992 Group and the No Turning Back Group.
Greg has achieved frequent media coverage in all national newspapers, and has been interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, and has also appeared on BBC News, the Politics Show and is a frequent guest on radio as well.
In Parliament, Greg is a member of two Select Committees, the Select Committee for Communities and Local Government, probing the work of Government in these key areas, and the European Scrutiny Committee, examining the work of the European Union and its steady flow of legislation affecting Britain .
In foreign affairs, Greg is a specialist in Germany, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Greg is Treasurer of the All-Party Russia Group in Parliament.