Geoffrey Cox attorney general, lives in West Devon, near Tavistock, with his wife, Jeanie and his family. They have a daughter and two sons, Charlotte, James and Jonathan who attended the local village school. Geoffrey Cox was born on 30 April 1960, and brought up in the West Country, is the son of a soldier (his father was schooled in Tavistock) and his family have been Devonians for generations.
Geoffrey has been a barrister for nearly 20 years and some years ago founded his own barristers’ chambers. He has developed a successful career as an advocate, appearing in many well publicised trials. For some years, he has been involved in training young people in public speaking. For the past two years he has championed the campaign of hundreds of widowers, many of whom live in Torridge and West Devon, against the injustice of the government’s refusal to allow their wives’ national insurance contributions to provide them with a pension and has taken up numerous issues for local people, using his legal knowledge and experience to good effect.
His brother is a local solicitor. Geoffrey is strongly involved in the local community, and among other posts, is President of the Tavistock Football Club and a Vice President of the North Devon Hospice, which he named as his MP’s Charity.
When he was elected in 2005, Geoffrey identified the following local priorities in his work as MP:
- Sustaining our rural communities and tackling the crisis in livestock farming
- Safeguarding and improving the quality of rural health, education and police services
- Protecting and sustaining our environment
For the past 13 years, he has gained a reputation as a caring and effective constituency MP. He has fought hard for our communities, leading the campaigns against Post Office closures and against the urban centred policies of the Labour Government that have resulted in losses of services and so much damage to our rural communities and small market towns.
He has helped hundreds of individuals, as well as community groups and local causes, holding over 3,600 surgery appointments since May 2005, and answering over 55,000 letters and emails. In the summer he goes out and about around the rural communities in his mobile surgery.
In Parliament, he is known as a powerful and fearless speaker. He has secured and led debates on important local issues such as Bovine TB, Devon’s unfair schools funding, and sheltered housing for the elderly. He has held the previous Labour government to account for its damaging policies towards livestock farming, cross examining Defra Secretary of State Hilary Benn in Select Committee and in the House of Commons on Defra’s appalling record.
He has spoken out on ID cards, individual and religious freedom, affordable homes and utility prices, challenging the previous government over its neglect of the South West and of Torridge and West Devon’s communities.
Geoffrey only employs local people and does not employ any member of his family; he has not been criticised for his use of parliamentary expenses and allowances – receiving a clean bill of health from Sir Thomas Legg’s inquiry. Geoffrey supports the complete revision of the system, stricter rules and absolute transparency.
Geoffrey Cox MP was appointed as Attorney General on 9 July 2018. The Attorney General is chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments. These are:
- the Crown Prosecution Service
- the Serious Fraud Office
- Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate
- the Government Legal Department
Other responsibilities include:
- acting as principal legal adviser on questions of EU and international law, human rights and devolution issues
- referring unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal
- bringing proceedings for contempt of court
- intervening in certain proceedings to protect charities
- dealing with questions of law arising on government Bills
- legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the government
The Attorney General also holds the separate office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. The Advocate General for Scotland has specific responsibility for Scottish law matters.
- Jun 2017: Member for Torridge and West Devon
- May 2015 – May 2017: Member for Torridge and West Devon
- May 2005 – Mar 2015: Member for Torridge and West Devon
- Jun 2001: Contested for Torridge and West Devon
- Jul 2018 – Attorney General
- Sep 2015 – Oct 2015: Committee on Standards
- Jun 2014 – Mar 2015: Committee on Standards: Standards Review Sub-Committee
- Jan 2013 – Mar 2015: Committee on Standards
- Jan 2013 – Mar 2015: Committee on Privileges
- Jul 2010 – Jan 2013: Standards and Privileges
- Dec 2006 – May 2010: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Agriculture, education, defence, legal and constitutional issues
Countries of interest
More About Geoffrey Cox
He enjoys reading, walking with his dogs, swimming and taking part in the life of the countryside. He is a member of the NFU. He is a practising member of the Church of England.
- Geoffrey Cox Biography and Profile (UK Gov / Geoffrey Cox)