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Ben Howlett (politician)

Ben Howlett
Member of Parliament
for Bath
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Don Foster
Majority 3,833 (8.33%)
Personal details
Born (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Durham
University of Cambridge
Occupation Politician
Religion Christian[1]
Website .uk.coben4bath

Ben Howlett (born 21 August 1986) is an English Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bath since May 2015.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4

Early life

Ben Howlett was born on 21 August 1986. He was educated at Manningtree High School in Essex, then studied History and Politics at the University of Durham, and a Masters in Economic History at the University of Cambridge.[2][3] He lived in Little Oakley, which is on the outskirts of Harwich.[4]


Howlett worked as a recruitment consultant from 2008 to 2015, latterly specialising in senior non-medical positions in the healthcare sector.[3][5][6]

Howlett joined the Conservative party in 2004, working for Douglas Carswell.[7] He has been leader of the Conservative group on Harwich Town Council.[8] He was chair of Conservative Future from 2010 to 2013.[5][9]

He moved to Bath after spending two weeks in the city campaigning to be selected as the Conservative candidate in November 2013.[10] In January 2015, he said his party "wouldn’t have a hope in hell here if it weren’t for Don Foster standing down".[11] He subsequently won the seat in the 2015 general election, replacing the retiring Liberal Democrat MP.[12][13]

He currently sits on the Women and Equalities Select Committee and the Petitions Select Committee. [14]

Personal life

Howlett is openly gay and was a proponent of same sex marriage.[15][16]


  1. ^ Samuel Marlow-Stevens (23 April 2015). "Meet the Candidates: Ben Howlett, Conservative". Pie Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Anoosh Chakelian (20 February 2013). "Young, renegade, rightist". totalpolitics. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Ben Howlett - Senior Consultant". Finegreen associates. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cllr. Ben Howlett". Blogger. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Mike Clarkson (2 November 2013). "Ben Howlett selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bath". Bath Conservative Association. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ben Howlett". LinkedIn. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive – Ben Howlett talks to Worcestershire CF". Conservative Future. 3 Jan 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Locals told to continue centre fight". East Anglian Daily Times. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ben Howlett". BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Prideaux, Siobhan (2 Nov 2013). "Voters choose Ben Howlett as Bath's Conservative election candidate". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Chakelian, Anoosh (28 January 2015). "Spa Wars: Soaking up the battle for Bath". New Statesmen. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bath Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 8 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "General Election: Ben Howlett wins Bath for the Conservatives". Bath Chronicle. 8 May 2015. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates representing the Conservative Party".  
  16. ^ Ben Howlett (18 September 2011). "Why this Government has got it right on Gay Marriage". Conservative Home. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Don Foster
Member of Parliament for Bath

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