|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Chris Pond|
29 July 1965 |
|Alma mater||Magdalene College, Cambridge|
|Years of service||1991–1997|
Born at Faversham, Kent, a son of Rev Roger Holloway OBE (who died 2010), he was educated at Cranleigh School. Holloway went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge to read Social and Political Sciences (MA), before studying further at Imperial College London (MBA).
Prior to his election to Parliament, Holloway was commissioned in the British Army and served with the Grenadier Guards. During his military service he engaged in combat during the Gulf War and elsewhere, being promoted to the rank of Captain. After leaving the Army, he worked as an investigative journalist with ITN, World in Action, Panorama and the Sunday Times.
Holloway was elected in the 2005 General Election to represent the Kent constituency of Gravesham, defeating the Labour Minister Chris Pond by just 654 votes, while acquiring one of the largest swings from Labour to Conservative in the country at 4.9% at that General Election. This was the first time since the Second World War that Gravesham (or its predecessor, the Gravesend constituency) had not been held by the Party of Government.
Holloway made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 28 June 2005. He also spoke (on 15 September 2006) alongside US Congressman John Shimkus to students on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).
In October 2010 he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Lidington, the Minister of State for Europe and NATO in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He resigned from his junior Government position, on 24 October 2011, so as to be able to defy a three-line whip against a Commons motion tabled by a Tory backbencher on holding an EU referendum. and thereby representing his understanding of the majority of his constituents. Holloway's decision to quit as PPS was compounded by prospective planning legislation to which he is also strongly opposed. Holloway continues to buck recent trends as a constituency MP.
The Gravesham Constituency Association has received relatively small donations of £19,491.00 since 2005, according to searchthemoney.com. Corporate donations of £25,000 have been contributed by Conservative Peer Lord Ashcroft’s company Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd (now Impellam Ventures) since 2005, and £2000 from a friend who owns Asda Property Holdings PLC. Holloway has also received a donation of £1,400 from the Diplomatic Freight Services (DFS), towards his independent travels to Afghanistan.
- Evening Standard
- Holloway's official website
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Profile on the Conservative Party website
- Debrett's People of Today
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Gravesham