|Ranil Jayawardena Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||September 3, 1986|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ranil Jayawardena is a British politician who started serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Hampshire in 2015 as a member of the Conservative Party. He then served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Trade from 2020 to 2022 and was appointed as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2022 by Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Ranil Malcolm Jayawardena
London, England, United Kingdom
Bramley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Ranil Jayawardena studied at Hook Infant School and Hook Junior School in Hook, Hampshire. He then attended Robert May’s School located in the village of Odiham and Alton College located in the town of Alton.
Afterward, he enrolled at the London School of Economics and graduated in 2008 with a BSc. in Government.
- Father – Nalin Jayawardena
- Mother – Indira Jayawardena
- Siblings – Ranil has a brother and a sister.
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ranil Jayawardena has dated –
- Alison Lyn Jayawardena (2011-Present) – He got married to solicitor Alison (née Roberts) in the year 2011 and they parent 3 children – 2 daughters named Daisy (b. 2015) and Violet (b. January 13, 2017) and a son. Alison has also worked part-time as a Senior Researcher for Ranil’s parliamentary office.
Race / Ethnicity
Ranil Jayawardena is of Sri Lankan descent on his father’s side and has Indian ancestry on his mother’s side.
Ranil Jayawardena Facts
- His father shifted to the United Kingdom in 1978 in order to pursue a career in accountancy.
- Ranil Jayawardena was employed at the Lloyds Banking Group after he finished his university education and went on to become a senior manager.
- The Guardian has reported that he was involved in lobbying Members of the European Parliament on imminent legislation affecting the European banking sector.
- He has worked on a voluntary basis in the office of North East Hampshire MP James Arbuthnot.
- From 2008 to 2015, Ranil Jayawardena served as a councilor of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire.
- In December 2015, he voted in support of Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to carry out airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria.
- Ranil served in the Home Affairs Committee and the International Trade Committee between 2015 and 2017.
- He supported Brexit in the June 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.
- He discontinued his Twitter account by shutting it down in June 2017 and labeled it as “a platform full of trolls, extremists – and worse”.
- Ranil Jayawardena was one of 21 MPs in March 2019 who voted against the teaching of LGBT-inclusive relationships and s*x education in English schools and justified his vote as supporting parents’ rights to choose their children’s education.
- In the 2019 leadership election, he supported Boris Johnson and became the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party the same year.
- In 2020, Ranil Jayawardena was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
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