James Arbuthnot is the Conservative MP for North East Hampshire.
Arbuthnot served as a councillor for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 1978 to 1987.
Arbuthnot served as MP for Wanstead and Woodford from 1987 to 1997 and for North East Hampshire from 1997. He was re-elected MP for North East Hampshire on a revised boundary in the 6 May 2010 general election.
Arbuthnot served as PPS to: Archie Hamilton as Minister of State for the Armed Forces 1988-90, Peter Lilley as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1990-92; Assistant Government Whip 1992-94; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security 1994-95; Minister of State for Procurement, Ministry of Defence 1995-97; Member, Shadow Cabinet 1997-2001: Opposition Chief Whip 1997-2001; Member, Intelligence and Security Committee 2001-05; Shadow Secretary of State for Trade 2003-05; Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry 2005.
He has been chair of the Defence Select Committee since 2005.