Born in 1953 in Cambridge, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown comes from a family with a rich history of parliamentary service, being related to seven previous Members of Parliament, including Douglas Clifton-Brown and Harry Hylton-Foster who both became Speaker of the British House of Commons.
In 1975, Geoffrey attended the Royal Agricultural College where he graduated as an Associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors to become an investment surveyor. Almost a decade later, he became vice chairman of the Norfolk North Conservative Association and was elected as constituency chairman in 1986, a position he held until he resigned in order to stand for election as a Conservative candidate. Following the retirement of the former Cabinet minister Nicholas Ridley, Geoffrey was selected as the candidate for the then Conservative parliamentary constituency of Cirencester and Tewkesbury in 1991. Geoffrey won the seat during the 1992 general election and has held it, and its new incarnation as the Cotswolds, ever since.
Whilst in parliament, Geoffrey has held a variety of positions, including member of the Environment Select Committee, Shadow Minister for Local and Devolved Government Affairs, Assistant Chief Whip and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment. On his time in parliament, Geoffrey said, “it has been a great pleasure and privilege to serve the people of the Cotswolds. Since first being elected to Parliament in 1992, it has been my aim to provide a strong voice for local people. I am always conscious that my primary role has been to represent the residents of the Cotswolds.”