Ranil Jayawardena was first elected the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire in May 2015 and re-elected in June 2017 – with the strongest Conservative majority in the country both times. He was previously a local Councillor, serving as Deputy Leader of The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane until his election to Parliament.
After his election in 2015, Ranil was quickly elected by fellow MPs to the Home Affairs Committee and, following the decision of the British people to leave the European Union, he was elected to the International Trade Committee too, where his continued focus is getting the best deal for British consumers and making the case for free trade.
Following the 2017 election, given the importance of trade to the future prosperity of our Kingdom, he only sought re-election to the International Trade Committee. Additionally, he was appointed as one of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys and to the House of Commons’ Procedure Committee. Closer to home, Ranil serves as Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight also.
Ranil attended local schools in Hampshire, before the London School of Economics and, more recently, the Royal College of Defence Studies. His commercial experience involved working for one of Britain’s biggest financial institutions—Lloyds Banking Group plc—in the City of London. In his spare time, Ranil likes watching cricket, tennis and rugby. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA. He lives in Bramley, in the north of his constituency, with his wife Alison and two little daughters—Daisy and Violet.