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Sir Eric Jack Pickles is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar since the 1992 general election and was the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government until May 2015. He was previously the Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2009 to 2010 and is currently the chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel. Sir Eric is now the United Kingdom Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, being appointed in 2015.

The Right Honourable

MP
Eric Pickles Official.jpg
United Kingdom Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues
Assumed office
10 September 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded by Andrew Burns
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
12 May 2010 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by John Denham
Succeeded by Greg Clark
Minister of State for Faith
In office
6 August 2014 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Baroness Warsi
Succeeded by Position abolished
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
19 January 2009 – 12 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Caroline Spelman
Succeeded by The Lord Feldman of Elstree
The Baroness Warsi
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
27 June 2007 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Shadowing Ruth Kelly
Hazel Blears
Preceded by Caroline Spelman
Succeeded by Caroline Spelman
In office
11 November 2003 – 6 May 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by David Davis
Succeeded by Caroline Spelman
In office
6 June 2002 – 23 July 2002
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Theresa May
Succeeded by David Davis
Member of Parliament
for Brentwood and Ongar
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Robert McCrindle
Majority 21,810 (42.0%)
Personal details
Born Eric Jack Pickles
(1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 64)
Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Irene Coates
Alma mater Leeds Metropolitan University
Website Official website

Sir Eric Jack Pickles (born 20 April 1952) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar since the 1992 general election and was the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government until May 2015. He was previously the Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2009 to 2010 and is currently the chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel. Sir Eric is now the United Kingdom Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, being appointed in 2015.

Eric Pickles: Speech to Conservative Party Conference 2014

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Statement by the UK Secretary of State, Eric Pickles

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