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Name: John Henry Redwood  
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Date of Birth: 10th September 1942
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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John Redwood

The Right Honourable Dr John Alan Redwood (born June 15, 1951 in Dover, Kent) is a British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Wokingham and Shadow Secretary of State for Deregulation in the Shadow Cabinet.

Redwood had a brilliant academic career behind him (graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford since 1972 and currently a lecturer at Middlesex University) when he became MP for Wokingham in 1987. By 1993 he was in the cabinet, as Secretary of State for Wales. This role was usually expected to go to an MP for Welsh constituency, but the 1992 general election had left the Conservatives with only six MPs in Wales, and it was felt that none of them was sufficiently experienced to serve as a cabinet minister. Redwood's perceived haughty manner and apparent disregard for national feeling did not endear him to the population, most notoriously when in 1995 he returned £100,000,000 of Wales' block grant to the UK treasury unspent, and it was a relief to many when he was succeeded by William Hague later that year. Redwood's most famous gaffe was his attempt to sing along to the Welsh national anthem at a public event, and appeared not to know the words.

Undaunted, Redwood attempted to further his career by standing for the party leadership in 1995 against the incumbent prime minister, John Major, whose more liberal views he had never shared. It was on the question of the European Union that Redwood finally took issue with the party leadership, taking a hardline Eurosceptic withdrawalist stance. When Major resigned after the 1997 general election defeat, Redwood stood for the leadership again, and was again defeated, though he secured marginally greater support than his rival right-wing candidates Peter Lilley and Michael Howard.

On 8 September 2004, Michael Howard (by now Leader of the Opposition) added him to the Shadow Cabinet as Secretary of State for Deregulation (a post without a direct counterpart in the current government), in a move seen by many commentators as a reaction to the relative success of the fringe United Kingdom Independence Party in the 2004 European Parliament election.

Redwood's appearance has led to some commentators, originally his former colleague turned political sketch-writer, Matthew Parris, noting similarities between him and Star Trek's Mr. Spock and so Redwood is often called a Vulcan. In line with this, political cartoonists often draw him with pointed ears. It is a comparison which Redwood has taken in good humour.

Redwood has also been an active writer producing books such as Stars and Strife, The Death of Britain, Our Currency Our Country and Just say no: 100 arguments against the euro. He is also a regular contributor to The Times newspaper.

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