|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Chris Pond|
29 July 1965 |
Faversham, Kent, England
|Alma mater||Magdalene, Cambridge|
|Years of service||1991–1997|
Born at Faversham, Kent, a son of Revd Roger Holloway OBE (who died 2010), he was educated at Cranleigh School before going up to Magdalene College, Cambridge where he studied Social and Political Sciences, graduating as MA, before postgrad studies 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 former Labour Minister Chris Pond by just 654 votes, but with 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 Gravesend constituency) had not been held by the party of Government.
He 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. In 2011, on a matter of principle, he resigned from his junior governmental position so as to vote in accordance with his constituents' wishes thereby defying a three-line whip over holding an EU Referendum. Holloway's decision to quit as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) was compounded by local prospective planning legislation which he successfully opposed. Holloway continues to buck recent trends by remaining a popular constituency MP.
Since being elected to Parliament in 2005, Holloway has received donations to his constituency organisation and for parliamentary activities in the sum of just under £62,000; from Lord Ashcroft’s company Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd (now Impellam Ventures), as well as £2,000 from Archie Norman, and £1,400 from Diplomatic Freight Services (DFS), for travel expenses visiting 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