Brooks Newmark

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Brooks Newmark
MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for The Civil Society
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nick Hurd
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
Incumbent
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 of America
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Keegan
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford
Harvard University

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

Early life[edit]

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 9 years old 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

From 2010 to 2012, Newmark served as a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury; however, he was supposedly retired from his position after the Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin became discontent with his freethinking and recreational tweets on Twitter.[5] Newmark would tweet personal political convictions that often toed the party line with the advocacy of policies he himself believed in, despite his Tory partisanship. He also 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 2014, Newmark was appointed as the Minister for the Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office.

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 - see http://www.women2win.com).)

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).

Political views[edit]

Newmark is a critic of quantitative easing: in October 2011, he tweeted "QE is the crack cocaine of monetarism. If all else fails print money."[6]

In June 2013 Newmark expressed his support for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict but if this failed he supported the arming and training of forces (but not sending British troops) opposing the government of Syria in a Mail on Sunday article.[7] Newmark justified his stance on the Syrian conflict in his view resembling the Bosnian and Libyan conflicts more than the invasions of Afghanistan or Iraq and that arms would give opposition forces a "chance of winning". Newmark first met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in 2006 and continued "regular" one-on-one meetings until 2011, the start of the civil war. Newmark also expressed in the article that he believed chemical weapons had been used by the Syrian government and that "Syrians faced genocide".

Personal life[edit]

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[8]), 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.[9]

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.[10] Newmark serves as Vice President on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association (Harvard University).[citation needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Hurst
Member of Parliament for Braintree
2005–present
Incumbent