John Marek

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John Marek
Deputy Presiding Officer of the Welsh Assembly
In office
2 May 2000 – 7 May 2007
Preceded by Jane Davidson
Succeeded by Rosemary Butler
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Wrexham
In office
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
Preceded by Assembly Established
Succeeded by Lesley Griffiths
Member of Parliament
for Wrexham
In office
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Tom Ellis
Succeeded by Ian Lucas
Personal details
Born (1940-12-24) 24 December 1940 (age 73)
London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Other political
affiliations
Forward Wales (2003 – 10)
John Marek Independent (2003)
Labour (1983–2003)
Alma mater King's College London

Dr John Marek (born 24 December 1940, London), is a Welsh Conservative politician, former Member of Parliament and former Member of the National Assembly for Wales. He was leader of Forward Wales until joining the Conservatives in 2010.[1]

He was Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham from 1983 until 2001. He stood down after he was elected to represent Wrexham in the National Assembly for Wales in 1999. This was initially for the Labour Party, but he was deselected in 2003 and formed Forward Wales, for whom he was re-elected. He was defeated at the 2007 election.

Background[edit]

Of Czech descent, he was the only Czech-speaking Member of the UK Parliament.[2] He was educated at Chatham House Grammar School and at King's College London where he earned a BSc in Mathematics in 1962, and a PhD in Mathematics in 1965. He became a lecturer in applied mathematics at the Aberystwyth University

Political career[edit]

He was elected as Labour Party Member of Parliament for the Wrexham Westminster constituency in 1983 and served as a party spokesman on Treasury matters, although he was not offered a government post in 1997.[2]

As a supporter of devolution he chose to move to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, and stood down from the UK Parliament in 2001. In the Assembly he became increasingly known as a maverick. In 2000 he was elected as Deputy Presiding Officer against the candidate preferred by the Labour leadership. This move, and his frequent criticisms of the Labour-led Wrexham County Borough led to his deselection as the Labour Party's candidate for the National Assembly elections of 1 May 2003.[3]

He then stood as a candidate for the John Marek Independent Party and defeated the official Labour Party candidate, Lesley Griffiths, by 973 votes. Later that year he formed a new political party called 'Forward Wales' (Welsh: Cymru Ymlaen).[4]

He ran for re-election in the 2007 Welsh Assembly election, but was defeated by Labour's Lesley Griffiths by 1,250 votes, thanks to a swing to the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and UKIP.[5]

On 29 March 2010, Marek joined the Conservative Party,[1] and he was later confirmed as the party's candidate for the 2011 Welsh Assembly election again coming second to Griffiths, by 3,335 votes in the Wrexham constituency.[6][7]

Wrexham AFC[edit]

In 2006, he was appointed a vice president of Wrexham A.F.C. by new owners Nev Dickens and Geoff Moss. This appointment was viewed with some concern by many fans of the club, as he had previously supported the bid of ex-chairman Mark Guterman when Guterman was trying to regain control of the club.[citation needed]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former Wrexham Labour MP and AM John Marek joins Tories". BBC News. 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b John Marek "BBC News AMs profile". BBC. Retrieved 1999-09-01. 
  3. ^ "AM loses reselection battle". BBC. 22 February 2003. Retrieved 2003-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Marek is first independent AM". BBC. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 2003-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Independent John Marek is ousted". BBC. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Wrexham MP and AM John Marek to fight seat as Tory". BBC. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  7. ^ "BBC News - Election 2011 - Wales - Wrexham". BBC News Online. 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

Offices held[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tom Ellis
Member of Parliament for Wrexham
19832001
Succeeded by
Ian Lucas
National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Wrexham
19992007
Succeeded by
Lesley Griffiths
Preceded by
Jane Davidson
Deputy Presiding Officer
2000–2007
Succeeded by
Rosemary Butler