Ranil Jayawardena was first elected the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire in May 2015. He was previously a local Councillor, serving as Deputy Leader of The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane until his election to Parliament.
He is proud to champion his home constituency; having grown up in Hook, Ranil went to the local schools in Hook, Odiham and Alton, after which he won a place at the London School of Economics. Ranil’s subsequent commercial experience involved working for one of Britain’s biggest financial institutions - Lloyds Banking Group plc - in the City of London. He now lives in Bramley, in the north of the constituency, with his wife Alison, and two little daughters, Daisy and Violet.
Selected at a US-style 'open primary’ ahead of the General Election in 2015, Ranil said: “I’m honoured to serve North East Hampshire. I grew up here, live here and care passionately about our area. We live in a great part of the country but, having served as local Councillor previously, I’ve seen that we can make our corner of Hampshire even better. With the support of local residents, that’s what I’ll seek to do in the years ahead.”
After his election in 2015, Ranil was quickly elected by fellow MPs to the Home Affairs Committee, which is responsible for closely examining the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies. Further, as our country leaves the European Union, Ranil was elected to the International Trade Committee also, where he focused on how to get the best deal for British businesses and make the case for more free trade with countries across the world.
Following the 2017 election, he chose not to seek re-election to the Home Affairs Committee, instead seeking only to serve on the International Trade Committee, to which he was re-elected. He has been appointed to the Procedure Committee and the Committees on Arms Export Controls also. In addition, Ranil serves as the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Sri Lanka. A constituency focus remains front of mind, however, so he is an active member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight where has been elected once again by County colleagues to continue as Chairman.
In his spare time, Ranil likes watching cricket, tennis and rugby. He also has a strong interest in local history and spends some of his free time reading on the subject, as well as enjoying walks in the local area, shooting, board games and the occasional trip to the theatre. He remains a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA which, amongst its objectives, seeks to enable people to take an active role in solving problems in their own communities.