David Rutley was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield at the general election of 2010, and was re-elected again in 2015 and in 2017.
David is committed to serving every constituent, regardless of their political views, and, as MP, holds regular advice surgeries across the constituency. David campaigns to revitalise Macclesfield town centre, keep health care local at Macclesfield Hospital, strengthen the local economy, maintain Government support for the Cheshire life sciences corridor, and tackle traffic congestion in Poynton and Disley. He is also committed to safeguarding village life, improving broadband services in rural communities and protecting the area's beautiful countryside. David actively supports the important work of community groups in Macclesfield, Bollington, Disley, Poynton, Prestbury and the surrounding villages.
In September 2018, David was appointed Minister for Food and Animal Welfare as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. David also continues to serve as a Lord Commissioner (Government Whip) – he was appointed to this role in June 2017. From July 2016–June 2017, David was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Home Secretary. Prior to that, from May–July 2016, David was PPS to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. David has also been PPS to the Minister for Europe (2014–15), the Minister for Policing & Criminal Justice (2012–14) and the Minister for Immigration (2010–12). Before being appointed a PPS, David served on the influential Treasury Select Committee, to which he was elected following the 2010 general election.
David has also served as the Co-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mountaineering, Chairman of the British-Danish APPG, Secretary of both the APPGs on National Parks and Mountain Rescue, as an officer of the APPG on Management, and has also been a member of several other APPGs, including those on China, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Education for Young People.
David has actively campaigned in Parliament, focusing on issues relating to the economy, social mobility and business, including: support for entrepreneurs and first-time employers; promoting exports; and championing young people’s mental health. 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), PepsiCo International, Halifax General Insurance and Barclays. From 1994-1996, he worked as a Special Adviser at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Agriculture in John Major's Conservative Government.
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. 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. He also enjoys fishing and birdwatching.