Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire Bill Wiggin lives with his wife Milly near Ledbury. They have three children, Rosie, 12, Jack, 9, and Toby, 7, all of whom were born at Hereford hospital. The Wiggin family has strong roots in the area. Bill’s father used to farm near Upton on Severn, and Special Metals Wiggin Ltd was founded by his great grandfather.
Bill Wiggin winning the Countryside Alliance Westminster Award, with local business winners Rowlestone Court Farmhouse Ice Cream and Glyn Slade Jones Butchers
Bill’s interests include motorbikes, DIY, shooting, fishing, and farming. Bill owns a smallholding where he keeps his Parliament herd of Hereford cattle, Ryeland sheep and breeds his own Hereford poultry. Bill is passionate about the countryside and the Countryside Alliance named him their first Westminster champion for his efforts promoting farming and the rural community.
Prior to being elected MP for Leominster in 2001, Bill Wiggin had worked for Commerzbank as a manager in the Foreign Exchange department. Bill has also served as an Officer in the Territorial Army with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the Royal Yeomanry.
Bill Wiggin’s Experience
Bill fought the Burnley seat at the General Election in 1997. In April 1999 Bill was selected for Leominster, and was elected MP in the 2001 General Election and again in 2005 with an increased majority. Shortly after the 2005 election, Bill was reselected to fight the new North Herefordshire seat at the next General Election, which has been created from most of the existing Leominster constituency. Bill won the North Herefordshire seat in the General Election held on 6 May 2010, with a majority of almost 10,000 while securing over 50% of the votes cast.
Bill with his Hereford
Bill has held a number of Opposition frontbench responsibilities. In June 2003, former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith appointed Bill a Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. After becoming Party Leader in November 2003, Michael Howard appointed Bill to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and after the 2005 General Election Bill was also the Shadow Environment Minister.
In December 2005, new Conservative Party leader David Cameron appointed Bill as his Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and in the January 2009 reshuffle Bill became an Opposition Whip. After the May 2010 General Election, new Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Bill a Government Whip.
Bill is one of the hardest working MPs. He regularly contributes to Parliamentary debates, makes representations on behalf of his constituents and is one of the most prolific MPs at asking Parliamentary Questions.