David Rutley was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield at the general election of 2010, and was re-elected in 2015. He is seeking re-election on 8th June 2017, as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate.
David is committed to serving every constituent, regardless of their political views, and, as MP, has held regular advice surgeries across the constituency. David's work to strengthen the local economy includes campaigning to revitalise Macclesfield town centre, keep health care local at Macclesfield Hospital, 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 supports the important work of community groups in Macclesfield, Bollington, Disley, Poynton, Prestbury and the surrounding villages.
In July 2016, David was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department. From March-July 2016, David was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, having held the same position for the previous Secretary of State, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, from May 2015. Prior to that, David was PPS to the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe (2014-15), and to the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, both as Minister for Policing & Criminal Justice (2012-14) and Minister for Immigration (2010-12). Before being appointed a PPS, David had 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 the APPGs on National Parks and Mountain Rescue respectively, and as an officer of the APPG on Management, as well as being 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 – 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. He also enjoys fishing and birdwatching.