Brooks Newmark

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Brooks Newmark
Brooks Newmark.jpg
Minister for Civil Society
In office
15 July 2014 – 27 September 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nick Hurd
Succeeded by Rob Wilson
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
6 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Bob Blizzard
Succeeded by David Evenett
Member of Parliament
for Braintree
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Alan Hurst
Majority 16,121 (38.2%)
Personal details
Born (1958-05-08) 8 May 1958 (age 56)
Westport, Connecticut,
United States
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Keegan
Children 5
Alma mater Harvard University
Worcester College, Oxford
Harvard Business School

Brooks Phillip Victor Newmark[1] (born 8 May 1958) is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree.

Early life

Bedford School

Newmark was born in Westport, Connecticut, in the United States, on 8 May 1958 to Howard Newmark and Gilda Gourlay (née Rames). He is of Jewish heritage.[2] He moved to the UK aged nine and attended Caldicott Preparatory School and Bedford School and graduated from Harvard College, receiving a BA in History in 1980. He was a Research Graduate in Politics at Worcester College, Oxford, from 1980 to 1982, and received an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School in 1984.

Business interests

Newmark was Vice President in the International Division of Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1984 to 1987, a Managing Director of Newmark Brothers Ltd., a corporate finance advisory company, from 1988 to 1993, and then a director of Stellican Ltd from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2005, Newmark was a senior partner at Apollo Management (UK) LP, an international private equity firm.

He has been a director of Telesis Management Ltd since 2005 and AAA MIP Limited since 2006.[3]

He has registrable share interests in the following firms:

  • AAA Guernsey Limited
  • AAA MIP Limited
  • Telesis Management Ltd
  • Unity Media GmbH[3]

In 2009 Newmark's wealth was estimated at £3.2m.[4]

Parliamentary career

Newmark contested Newcastle Central in 1997, and Braintree in 2001. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Braintree (in mid Essex) in the 2005 general election over the Labour incumbent, Alan Hurst, and was re-elected in 2010 with a greater majority.

He served as a Whip (serving the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Dept for International Development having previously served in the Dept for Business, Innovation & Skills (2010–11)). In opposition, Newmark served as the Foreign Affairs Whip (2009–10) and Treasury Whip (2007-8). Newmark had previously served as a Member of the Treasury Select Committee (2006-7) and the Science & Technology Select Committee (2005-7). Newmark was re-elected onto the Treasury Select Committee in 2012 after 5 years in the Whips' Office. In mid July 2014, Newmark was appointed as the Minister for Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office.[5][6]

He resigned as Minister for Civil Society on 27 September 2014, a day before the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, following allegations published by the Sunday Mirror that he had sent sexually explicit images of himself to a male undercover reporter who was posing as a female, over social media, commonly referred to as sexting.[7][8]

Political views

Newmark's special interests include: Economic Policy, Foreign Affairs (Middle East, India, China and USA); Poverty Reduction & International Development (Micro Finance), Special Needs Education and Women & Equality (Founder and Co-Chairman of Women2Win).

Publications include: Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party (2005); Simply Red; The True State of the Public Finances (CPS, 2006); The Price of Irresponsibility (CPS, 2008) and the Hidden Debt Bombshell (CPS, 2009).

Personal life

He is married to Lucy Keegan (daughter of the military historian Sir John Keegan) and has four sons, Benjamin (also a graduate of Harvard University[9]), Sam (Harvard University Class of 2014), Max and Zachary, and one daughter, Lily. Newmark supports Newcastle United at football, and enjoys both running and skiing.[10]

Newmark is involved in various charities including PARC, a respite centre based in Braintree for Children with severe disabilities, Farleigh Hospice and A Partner in Education, which he founded in 2010.[11]

In September 2014 Newmark resigned from his ministerial role after he was found to have sent an explicit photograph of himself to an undercover reporter from the Sunday Mirror newspaper posing as a female activist.[12][13] Fellow Conservative MP Mark Pritchard was to make a formal complaint against the newspaper saying that "questionable techniques" had been involved in the paper's report.[14] A former contestant on the Swedish television show Sweden's Next Top Model, Malin Sahlen, said that she had no idea the newspaper had used her picture to entrap Newmark.[15] Pritchard's complaint is to be investigated by the newly created Independent Press Standards Organisation. Other newspapers, including the Sun and The Mail on Sunday were reported to have turned down the story.[16]


  1. ^ "Crown Office". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Brooks Newmark MP gets business role The Jewish Chronicle 21 May 2010
  3. ^ a b "Non-Parliamentary Occupations". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Shackle, Samira; Hegarty, Stephanie; Eaton, George (1 October 2009). "The new ruling class". New Statesman. 
  5. ^ "Reshuffle at-a-glance: In, out and moved about", BBC News, 15 July 2014
  6. ^ Aimme Meade ""Nick Hurd resigns: what do charities want from next civil society minister?", The Guardian (Professional), 15 July 2014
  7. ^ "Tory MP Brooks Newmark quits ministerial position following Sunday newspaper sting". The Independent. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cabinet Office minister Brooks Newmark resigns". The Guardian. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Off to airport to Boston as my eldest son Benjamin graduates from Harvard 2morrow.". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ The Story of APIE
  12. ^ Tim Ross "Conservative minister resigns over sex scandal", The Telegraph, 27 September 2014
  13. ^ "Conservative Minister Brooks Newmark Resigns", Sky News, 27 September 2014
  14. ^ "BBC News - Brooks Newmark Sunday Mirror story prompts MP's complaint". BBC News. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Brooks Newmark: Swedish model says she is 'shocked' to have been 'exploited' by tabloid sting". 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  16. ^ [1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Hurst
Member of Parliament for Braintree