London (Parliament Politics Magazine) – Sir Paul Beresford is a British-New Zealand dentist and politician. He has served as the British Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Mole Valley in Surrey. Moreover, he is successfully maintaining this position since the general election in 1997. Many people didn’t know that he was first elected as the MP for the general election in 1992. If you want to know more about Sir Paul, his life, bio, and net worth, keep reading below.
Early Life & Bio
Sir Alexander Paul Beresford was born on 6 April 1946 in Levin, Horowhenua District of Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand. His family moved to Nelson at a very young age. He spent his childhood in Richmond. Therefore, he got enrolled at the primary school. Sir Paul attended Waimea College in Richmond before moving to the University of Otago in Dunedin. After completing his studies he started practicing dentistry. He holds British and New Zealand citizenship.
A career in Local Government
Sir Alexander was successfully elected as the Councillor to Wandsworth Borough Council in 1978. He stayed as the Leader starting from 1983 to 1992. However, most of his duties were for the Thatcher Government. Due to his diligent behavior and hard work, he was knighted with the New Year honors for political and public services. His career in the Local government started well and he maintained a good position throughout. Along with his political career, he is practicing dentistry. However, he is practicing this as a part-time job.
Alexander Paul was selected for the safe Conservative seat of Croydon Central. As the former Cabinet minister John Moore resigned he could take this position easily. Sir Paul was elected in the 1992 general elections and made an impressive maiden speech on June 30th. Moreover, he entered the major government in 1994. He became the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment. While he remained active in this position until he was defeated in 1997.
As the number of seats was reduced in Croydon from four to three he failed to be selected for an important position. Instead, he fought for the Safe Conservative Mole Valley seat in Surrey. This is where he had to compete against Kenneth Baker was retiring. However, he retired and was selected for the 1997 election. Croydon central fell before the general election.
While Paul remained on the member Communities & Local Government Select committee. In 2012, Paul was named one of the loyal Conservative backbench MPs. He didn’t want to vote against the government and become a rebel.
Referendum On EU Membership
Paul started a campaign during the 2016 referendum on EU membership. He firmly believed that this could be the best option for all future generations. Since 1997, he has served as a backbencher and has been successful in getting benefits from the private member’s bills. It was necessary for him to carefully choose the much-needed amendments to the Government legislation. This helped him achieve over ten different legal changes which made a big impact. His political ideas a liberal and focus heavily on the benefits of citizens. These ideas focus primarily on child protection which has been an issue for many decades. In 2021, he successfully introduced the private member’s bill.
Personal Life & Other Activities
Sir Paul got divorced and has a son from his previous marriage. His son lives in New Zealand but he makes sure that he gets the living expenses. Paul got the chance to get married again. His recent wife is named Julie and they have two sons and one daughter together. During the political crisis caused by Pincher Scandal, he announced that he has lost confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He firmly believes that the Prime Minister should resign from his position. His wife Julie is working as a part-time secretary.
Net Worth & Expenses
Sir Paul is a prominent politician and a dentist. His major source of income is these two professions. Many people didn’t know that his estimated net worth is around $5 million. As he is active in both professions his income is likely to rise in the future. During his political career, he had to suffer from a few scandals. As he is practicing dentistry at his West London property he claims allowance from the running cost of the property. You will be surprised to know that he holds huge properties that are worth millions.