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About David

David Rutley was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield at the general election in 2010, and was re-elected at the General Election of 2015.

David works hard for Macclesfield. He is committed to serving every constituent regardless of their political views and holds regular advice surgeries across the constituency. David is actively working to strengthen the local economy, revitalise Macclesfield town centre, keep health care local at Macclesfield Hospital and tackle traffic congestion in Poynton. He is also committed to safeguarding village life, improving broadband services in rural communities and protecting the area's beautiful countryside. David supports the important work of many community groups in Macclesfield, Bollington, Disley, Poynton, Prestbury and the surrounding villages.

David was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in March 2016, having held the same position for the previous Secretary of State, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, since May 2015. In July 2014, David was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe (2014-15), and to the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Minister for Policing & Criminal Justice (2012-14) and Minister for Immigration (2010-12). David was elected to the influential Treasury Select Committee, after the 2010 general election, and served on the Committee until his appointment in November 2010 as a Parliamentary Private Secretary. David has been the Co-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mountaineering and Secretary of the APPG on National Parks, as well as being a member of several other APPGs, including those on China, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Education for Young People.

David has also been an active campaigner in Parliament, focusing on issues relating to the economy and business, including: support for entrepreneurs and first-time employers; promoting exports; and deregulation. His articles have been published by among others: the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Telegraph, and City AM.

Before his election to Parliament, David spent most of his career in business and worked as a senior executive in major companies including: Asda (where he ran the Home Shopping and E-Commerce businesses) and PepsiCo International, and then latterly, Halifax General Insurance and Barclays. He has also worked as a Special Adviser (1994-96) in the last Conservative Government at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Agriculture. During this time, David helped shape the Budget and initiate the first ever White Paper for rural England.

Born in 1961, David was educated at the Priory School, Lewes, East Sussex. He later studied at the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School. David enjoys an active family life with his wife Rachel, a physiotherapist, and their four children – two boys and two girls. Outside politics, David spends time in the Peak District, rock climbing on local crags and enjoying family walks. He is a keen mountaineer, and has climbed in mountain ranges throughout the world, and also enjoys fishing and birdwatching.