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Lee Scott (born 6 April 1956[1]) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ilford North from 2005 until his defeat at the 2015 general election. Scott is an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel.[2]

Early life and career


Scott was born in the East End of London to a British Jewish family,[3] He was educated at Clarks College in Ilford[1][4][5] and the London College of Distributive Trades.[1][6]

From 1972–82, Scott was a Director of Scott & Fishell. He was a sales executive for Toshiba from 1982–4, for ITT from 1984–6, and for NKR from 1986–8. From 1988–98, he was Campaign Director for the United Jewish Israel Appeal.[1]

He became a professional fundraiser for several charities, and has also volunteered with Victim Support. He was selected as the Conservative candidate for Waveney in the 2001 general election but failed to win the seat.[1]

Member of Parliament


In the 2005 general election, Scott gained the Ilford North seat,[1] a key Conservative target that election, defeating the sitting Labour MP Linda Perham. He has a special interest in autism and has presented a Private Member's Bill to Parliament dealing with the care of autistic children once they reached adulthood. He was a member of the Select Committee on transport and is on the Select Committee on Health.

Scott, Patron of the UK Autism Foundation, was nominated by the charity for his work supporting parents, carers, children and adults with autism spectrum disorders across the United Kingdom. He met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and autism campaigner Ivan Corea after he raised the issue of autism in Prime Minister's Questions.[7] On 9 December 2010, he abstained from voting on the Higher Tutition Fees Bill, which meant he had to resign his position as an aide to the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond.[8]

During a Parliamentary debate on antisemitism in 2014, he stated that he had received several death threats because of his espousal of Judaism, including five in the last year.[9]

Personal life


Scott married Estelle Dombey in 1987 and has three daughters and two sons.[1] He supports Leyton Orient F.C..[1]

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