Bernard Jenkin was born in 1959. He is the son of the pro-nuclear former Conservative energy minister Lord Jenkin. Bernard was educated at Highgate School, William Ellis School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he studied English Literature. 
He was MP for North Colchester from 1992 to 1997 and has been the member for North Essex since 1997.  In August 1998, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport, and then Shadow Minister for London in December 1999. In September 2001, he became Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, and in November 2003, became Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions. In May 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Trade & Industry. 
Links to nuclear industry
Jenkin has called for 'early decisions to be made on the future of nuclear power' and was part of an 'Expert Panel' convened under the auspices of The Geological Society of London, which produced a report on future energy needs. It stated that nuclear energy is a proven and reliable technology that will inevitably have a key role in a future clean energy mix.  
The Nuclear Industry Association reports that Jenkin has 'conveyed an interest in the industry'. He was the sole speaker at a fringe meeting of the Conservative Party Conference in October 2005. It was entitled 'Energy choices: Nuclear, Part of the solution' and was organised by the NIA.  
Jenkin visited the Bradwell nuclear power station, in Essex, in November 2004. 
- ^ CV on Bernnard Jenkin's website, undated, accessed February 2006.
- ^ Conservative Party press release 'Time to take decisions on nuclear power', September 15, 2005.
- ^ Geological Society press release 'How to plug the energy gap', November 10 2005.
- ^ Conservative Party Conference 2005 - fringe listings (pdf file), undated, accessed February 2006.
- ^ Magnox website, November 24, 2004.
- ^ Edward Davie, 'The Master Moderniser' (pdf file), The House Magazine, January 17, 2005.
- ^ No named author, 'A far cry from Trafalgar', NIAUK newsletter, issue 9, July/August 2005.