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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK
Michael Fallon

Date of birth

14 May 1952

Political profile

Michael Fallon is a right-wing intellectual, whose budding ministerial career was cut down in 1992 when he lost the marginal seat of Darlington to Alan Milburn in 1992.

He had served two years in the Department of Education, where he won his Thatcherite spurs.

He remains committed to the policies of the former prime minister; he was a founder of the "No Turning Back" group and ostentatiously wore a black tie on the 10th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher's resignation.

After his return to Parliament in 1997, he swiftly joined the Hague frontbench team as a junior shadow trade and then shadow treasury spokesman.

He resigned from the frontbench team in 1998 after slipping a disc, and as a backbencher has since became a leading member of the Commons treasury select committee.

Cross examining him on the tax system, he dubbed the chancellor "Complexity Brown".

Contact

Commons office: 020-7219-6482

Constituency office 01732-452261

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