He was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and a parliamentary aide to the former Welsh Secretary David Jones. In 2014 he was appointed as Special Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron on Central and Eastern Europe and on Eastern Europeans living in the United Kingdom.
Kawczynski was born in Warsaw, Poland. He came to the UK in the 1970s with his mother, a cook.
Kawczynski was educated at St George's College, Weybridge, an independent Roman Catholic school in Surrey, followed by Birmingham Polytechnic and then the University of Stirling in Scotland, where he read Business Studies with Languages, and was President of the University Conservative Association in 1991.
Kawczynski worked in the business entertainment industry before he became an international account manager in the telecommunications industry, a position he held for ten years.
Kawczynski first stood for Parliament in the 2001 general election for Ealing Southall and came a distant second with 18% of the vote. However, he won the seat for Shrewsbury and Atcham at the 2005 general election, succeeding Labour's Paul Marsden with 37.7% of the vote, compared to 34.1% for Labour and 22.8% for the Liberal Democrats. He was re-elected at the 2010 general election with 43.9% of the vote, compared to 29.0% for the Liberal Democrats in second.
He sat as a member of both the International Development Select Committee and the Justice Select Committee, but was criticised by the Birmingham Post in 2009 for failing to regularly attend the meetings of the Select Committees to which he had been appointed. Kawczynski was recorded as having attended only 12.5 per cent of all Justice Select Committee meetings and 31.3 per cent of International Development Select Committee meetings during that last Parliamentary session. He stated the figure for the international development committee was wrong and he had been unable to attend the justice committee meetings because they clashed. Kawczynski no longer sits on any Select Committees. Media noted his higher attendance of debates during the 2010-2015 Parliament, which amounted to 29, noting that he had voted on 80.06 per cent of issues, which is considered as above average amongst MPs.
Kawczynski is a keen supporter of fox hunting and advocates keeping the First Past the Post voting system. In 2007, he signed an Early Day Motion that welcomed the "positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals". In May 2008, he voted to lower the abortion time limit to 12 weeks, and has stated that he believes an abortion limit of 24 weeks is incompatible with the kind of "Christian society" he wishes to live in. He also voted against a House of Lords amendment to abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel under common law. The abortion time limit vote failed and the blasphemy vote passed. Kawczynski voted in favour of same sex marriage in 2013, revealing shortly afterwards that he was in a same-sex relationship.
In 2006, Kawczynski briefly appeared on the "Better Know A District" segment of American satirical programme The Colbert Report. In October 2009, Kawczynski appeared on The Doha Debates as a delegate supporting the motion of "This house deplores the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi".
In 2010 Kawczynski published a book called Seeking Gaddafi about Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. Political blogger Paul Staines (aka, the blogger Guido Fawkes) has accused Kawczynski of using 5,000-word essay submissions by interviewees for an unpaid internship as the basis of his book commenting on the inconsistency of style throughout the book and similarity of chapter titles to the submitted essays. When Kawczynski later advertised another unpaid internship for his new book entitled Saudi Arabia, Staines claimed that this was "nothing but a con."
He is a member of the socially conservative Cornerstone Group, chairman of the All-Party Group for Saudi Arabia, chairman of the All-Party Group for Libya, chairman of the All-Party Group for Poland and a vice-chairman of Conservative Friends of Poland. At 6 feet 8 1⁄2 inches (204.5 cm), Kawczynski was reported in 2005 to be the tallest ever MP in Parliament.
Extra-parliamentary career and Register of Interests
Since 2010 Kawczynski has cooperated with various British companies and supported their exports to Middle East, Africa and Europe. His consultancy expertise includes engineering, mining, nuclear energy, telecommunications, agricultural planning and public relations. Some of the companies which Kawczynski has been involved with are Tigris, Shamraeff, Chelgate, CGI Consulting and Hobsons Brewery.
Since becoming the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland, Kawczynski has supported a range of enterprises from his constituency in seeking business partners and export markets in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries and on many occasions encouraged Shropshire businesses to contact him if they needed advice. Kawczynski has been a frequent visitor to the British Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw where he often described the importance of trade between Poland and the United Kingdom. During his visit on 1 September 2014 Kawczynski stressed out the need for the Polish diaspora in the UK to foster the trade relationship between the two countries, stating that: "we want to harness the talents and engage with the Polish diaspora which numbers at least 600,000. Their knowledge, expertise and contacts ought to be taken advantage of. We have learnt how advantageous it has been to harness the Indian diaspora to leverage British interests in the Indian subcontinent. Yet we've not effectively harnessed the extraordinarily talented resource of Poles in the UK. Doctors, architects, scientists who've chosen to live and work in the UK could be leveraging UK influence in Poland, interacting with the Polish government". Kawczynski has also cooperated with the Federation of Small Businesses and the UK Trade & Investment in Serbia and in Poland. At a meeting in the Chamber of Commerce he praised Martin Oxley, the head of the Polish UKTI, for his excellent work with regard to UK-Polish economic relations, saying that "Mr Oxley is worth his weight in gold and you can minute that."
In September 2014 Kawczynski visited Krynica International Economic Forum, billed as the "Davos for Eastern Europe" by the World Bank. He participated in various economic debates and conferences, notably the "Poland – Science and Innovation – Strategies for Growth" where he focused on explaining the importance of improving the cooperation between British, Polish and German universities.
Kawczynski has a wide range of political and business contacts, including individuals, organisations and Governments, such as Poland, Serbia, United States, Hungary, Sweden, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Morocco, Israel, Sudan, India and the Conservative Arab Network.
Kawczynski was married In 2000 and divorced in 2011. In June 2013, he announced to his Conservative Association that his new partner is male. He is the second MP in Britain to come out as bisexual, the first being Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes. He currently lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
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- Official website
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- Voting record at Public Whip
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