Jeremy Wright

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Jeremy Wright MP, Attorney General for England and Wales

Jeremy Wright has been the Conservative Party MP for Kenilworth and Southam since 2010, retaining his seat with a majority of 21,002 in 2015. [1] Between 2005 and 2010, he was MP for Rugby and Kenilworth.

In 2012, he became a parliamentary under-secretary at the UK Ministry of Justice.[2]


Attorney general appointment

In July 2014, Wright was appointed as the government's attorney-general. This role acts as chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments. These are:

His other responsibilities include:

  • acting as principal legal adviser on questions of EU and international law, human rights and devolution issues
  • referring unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal
  • bringing proceedings for contempt of court
  • intervening in certain proceedings to protect charities
  • dealing with questions of law arising on government Bills
  • legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the government

He also holds the separate office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. [4]

Wright held on to his position during incoming Prime Minister Theresa May's extensive cabinet reshuffle.


  1. Jeremy Wright Express, accessed 19 May 2015
  2. Jeremy Wright,, accessed 24 August 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016,, accessed 25 April 2016
  4. Ministerial appointments: July 2014, Prime Minister's Office, 15 July 2014.