Blog Type | June 2017

A Final Fellowship Farewell

The final blog in our IPT Election Series focuses on the seven parliamentarians who lost their seats at the 2017 General Election and who had engaged with the IPT Fellowship programme. They were either Fellow-Elects who were unable to complete their own Fellowship programme due to losing their seat or IPT Parliamentary Fellows who completed their Fellowship programme but also lost their seat. 

Read on to find a little bit more about these former parliamentarians and their unique Fellowship programmes:

Karl McCartney (Conservative MP for Lincoln 2010 - 2017)

About Karl

Karl won his seat at the 2010 General Election beating the sitting MP at the time Gillian Merron. He held on to his seat in 2015 with a majority of 1,443. During his time in Parliament he was a Member of the Select Committee on Transport and most recently sat on the Select Committee for Exiting the European Union.

Karl's Fellowship

Karl began his Fellowship in 2012 focusing on transport in order to aide him in his role on the Transport Select Committee. Throughout his Fellowship he spent time with companies such as Arriva and Go Ahead Group and later the insurance sector, including Direct Line Group and LV=.

David Nuttall (Conservative MP for Bury North 2010 - 2017)

About David

David won his seat in the House of Commons in the 2010 and held on in 2015 by 378 votes. During his time in Parliament he was a member of the Select Committee on Procedure and Backbench Business.

David's Fellowship

David completed his Fellowship exploring the UK’s broadcasting sector in 2014, a sector of particular importance to him with his constituency being only a few miles north of Salford’s Media City and Manchester’s thriving creative hub. He began his Fellowship with a couple of days to ITV but also spent time with Channel 4, the BBC, Channel 5 and STV.

“Very often MP’s pay what are usually referred to as flying visits to companies; but the Fellowship Programme is a real opportunity to get under the skin of a company and find out what the real issues are.”

Jason McCartney (Conservative MP for Colne Valley 2010 - 2017)

About Jason

A former broadcast journalist for both BBC Radio and ITV Yorkshire, Jason won his home seat of Colne Valley in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015.During his time in Parliament he was a Member of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport

Jason's Fellowship

Jason’s Fellowship commenced in 2012 examining the food supply chain in the UK and specifically looking at farming, food processing and manufacturing, logistics and retailing. He visited Morrisons, Denby Dale Coffee and Longley Farm

Amanda Solloway (Conservative MP for Derby North 2015 - 2017)

About Amanda

Amanda won her seat in the House of Commons in the 2015 General Election beating the sitting Labour MP Chris Williamson by 41 votes. During her time in Parliament she was a Member of the Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and PPS to Rory Stewart as Minister of State in the Department for International Development.

Amanda's Fellowship

Amanda commenced her Fellowship in 2016 focusing on the construction sector. A highlight of her Fellowship was a visit to Thames Tideway, where she was briefed on the project and ventured down into the Fleet Sewer.

Graham Evans (Conservative MP for Weaver Vale 2010 - 2017)

About Graham

Graham sat on the Work and Pensions Select Committee from 2012 to 2015 and the 1922 Executive Committee between autumn 2012 and January 2014. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, in January 2014 and from July 2014 until he lost his seat, he served as PPS to the Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

Graham's Fellowship

Graham completed his Fellowship in 2014 focusing on the banking and finance sectors. Graham also explored comparisons of alternative finance in Germany, and spent time at the Dansbury Science and Innovation Campus, as much of their funding comes from business angels as opposed to high street banks.

“During my Fellowship I was given a fantastic overview of the financial industry from a wide range of companies The Fellowship programme has greatly informed my knowledge of the financial sector and is something that I would thoroughly recommend to any of my colleagues.”

Craig Williams (Conservative MP for Cardiff North 2015 – 2017)

About Craig

Craig was elected in 2015 and was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee until October 2016. He then went onto serve as a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.

Craig's Fellowship

Craig began his Fellowship in September 2016 looking at the financial services and pensions sectors as he wanted to gain a greater understanding of the financial services sector and the businesses which work within it in order to aide role as PPS to David Gauke as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Craig kick-started his Fellowship with a visit to Barclays to gain an understanding in the retail and personal banking sector of the company. This was the first of three visits with Barclays looking at personal banking, corporate banking, and wealth and investment management.

Calum Kerr (Scottish National Party MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk 2015 – 2017)

About Calum 

Calum was elected in the 2015 General Election and during his time in Parliament was the SNP’s Environment and Rural Affairs and Digital Spokesperson.

Calum's Fellowship

Calum began his Fellowship in May 2016 with the aim of gaining a greater understanding of key players in the digital world in order to aide his role as SNP Digital Spokesperson. During his Fellowship he spent a day with Google at their HQ in London looking at the work they do with supporting young YouTube talent, engineering products and the challenges
they face, as well as the support they
provide to start-ups through Campus London.


Thanks should also be given to Victoria Borwick, MP for Kensington 2015-2017 and Andrew Bingham, MP for High Peak 2010-2017, who both committed to starting a Fellowship before the 2017 General Election but are now unable to do so.

We would also like to say thank you to all the MPs, Peers, Parliamentary Officials and supporting organisations who took part and helped to make the Fellowship programme so successful over the last Parliament. Thank you for reading our IPT Election Blog Series and we hope you found our insight useful. To see a full list of parliamentarians engaged on our Fellowship programme, please click here.

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