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John Flasby Lawrance Whittingdale, OBE is a British Conservative Party politician and former UK Government minister. He is the Member of Parliament for the Maldon constituency.

The Right Honourable

OBE MP
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Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
11 May 2015 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sajid Javid
Succeeded by Karen Bradley
Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee
In office
14 July 2005 – 11 May 2015
Preceded by Gerald Kaufman
Succeeded by Jesse Norman
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
19 June 2004 – 6 May 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Julie Kirkbride
Succeeded by Theresa May
In office
23 July 2002 – 8 December 2003
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by Tim Yeo
Succeeded by Julie Kirkbride
Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
18 September 2001 – 23 July 2002
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by David Heathcoat-Amory
Succeeded by Tim Yeo
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 June 1997 – 18 September 2001
Leader William Hague
Preceded by Bruce Grocott
Succeeded by Owen Paterson
Member of Parliament
for Maldon
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by John Wakeham
Majority 19,407 (40.5%)
Personal details
Born (1959-10-16) 16 October 1959 (age 57)
Sherborne, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ancilla Murfitt
Children 2
Alma mater University College London
Religion Anglicanism

John Flasby Lawrance Whittingdale, OBE (born 16 October 1959) is a British Conservative Party politician and former UK Government minister. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Maldon constituency.

Whittingdale has been an MP since the 1992 general election, for a series of constituencies centred on the town of Maldon, Essex. He is Vice-Chairman of the 1922 Committee. He was a member of the Executive of Conservative Way Forward (2005–10) and the Conservative Party Board (2006–10).

Whittingdale was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by David Cameron on 11 May 2015. He was sacked by Theresa May on 14 July 2016 during a Cabinet reshuffle.