John Butterfill was very proud to represent the parliamentary constituency of Bournemouth West since 1983, having been re-elected five times.
He said it was is a great privilege to work as your Member of Parliament. Although much of his time during the week was to be spent at the House of Commons in Westminster, he was nearly always in Bournemouth on Fridays and at the weekends.
He believes that Bournemouth is a wonderful place to live having first rate facilities, excellent hotels and shops and beautiful parks and beaches. He counts himself as extremely fortunate have represented such an attractive constituency.
Hi particular interests in Parliament were pensions and tourism, both of which are big issues in Bournemouth. He was particularly keen to promote local charities and to give support to the more vulnerable in our society, such as the elderly and the disabled.
College of Estate Management, London (LSE)
Caterham School (County Scholar)
First elected to Bournemouth West in 1983
Re-elected in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005
Previously fought Croydon N.W. By-Election in 1981 and London South Inner European Election in 1979
Successfully piloted 4 Private Members’ Bills through Parliament: Registered Homes (Amendment) Act 1991, the Insolvency (Amendment) Act 1994, the Policy Holders Protection Act 1997 and the Building Societies (Funding) and Mutual Societies (Transfers) Act 2008.
House of Commons
Member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen 1996-2010
Member of the Select Committee on Unopposed Bills 1995-2010
Chairman of Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund 2001-2010
Member of Parliamentary Court of Referees 1995-2010
Member of Executive Committee & Finance & Audit Committee, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 2004-2010
Chairman of Trustees, Parliamentary members’ Fund 1997-2002
Trustee of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund 1997-2001
Member of Trade & Industry Select Committee 1992-2001
Joint Vice-Chairman, 1922 Committee 1997-2001 and 2005-2006 (Hon Treasurer, 2001-05; Secretary, 1996-97)
Chairman, Conservative Party Rules Committee, 1998-2002
Member, Conservative Party Constitutional Committee, 1998-
Vice-Chairman, Conservative Friends of Israel Parliamentary Group 1995-
Chairman, All Party Group on Occupational Pensions 1992-
Vice-Chairman, All Party Group on Building Societies & Financial Mutual Institutions 1997- (Secretary 1996-97)
Joint Secretary, All Party Group on Insurance & Financial Services 1997-
Vice Chairman, All Party Group on Pensioner Incomes 2004-
Vice Chairman, All Party Group on Modern Languages 2008-
Other past appointments
Appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Cecil Parkinson (Secretary of State for Energy, 1988-89, Secretary of State for Transport, 1989-1990). Appointed PPS to Brian Mawhinney, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, 1991-92.
Vice-President, Conservative Group for Europe, 1992-95 (Chairman 1989-92).
Honorary Parliamentary Adviser, Mirror Group Newspapers Pension Trustees (following collapse of Maxwell Group)
Vice-Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Finance Committee 1992-2000.
Vice-Chairman, Foreign Affairs Forum 1983-92.
Vice-Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Tourism Committee, 1985-88.
Secretary, Conservative Parliamentary Trade & Industry Committee, 1987-88 & 1991.
Vice-Chairman, Guildford Conservative Association
Chairman, Addlestone Young Conservatives
Member of the Courts of Reading, Southampton & Exeter Universities
Numerous voluntary appointments to local trade and charitable organisations
Member of the Council of Management of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)
President, Youth Cancer Trust
President, Dorset & New Forest Safe Water Society
Trustee, Streetwise Partnership Trust, Bournemouth
Vice-President, British Resorts Association
Patron, Jigsaw Appeal, Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Patron, Fernheath Play Association
Partner, Butterfill Associates
Consultant, Curchod & Co..
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Chairman of Gold Island Limited
President, European Property Associates, 1980-2003
Senior Partner, Curchod & Co., Chartered Surveyors, 1977-92
Managing Director, St Paul’s Securities Group & Danish subsidiary, 1971-77
Director, Audley Properties (Bovis Group) & Bovis SA (France), 1968-71
Senior Executive, Hammerson Group 1964-68
Valuer, Jones Lang Wootton, 1962-64
Numerous non-executive appointments in the fields of construction, IT, retail and recruitment
Butterfill was one of the MPs named in the 2010 sting operation. Butterfill is alleged to have told an undercover reporter that he would lobby to benefit the fictitious company and use his political connections for a payment of £35000 a year. Butterfill was also seen on the programme saying he had been one of the four people who persuaded David Cameron to stand for leader of the Conservative party and that it was likely that he (Butterfill) would be made a peer and go to the House of Lords. The following day the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron said, “I can tell you that is not going to happen.”