|Deputy Presiding Officer of the Welsh Assembly|
2 May 2000 – 7 May 2007
|Preceded by||Jane Davidson|
|Succeeded by||Rosemary Butler|
|Member of the Welsh Assembly
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Assembly Established|
|Succeeded by||Lesley Griffiths|
|Member of Parliament
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Tom Ellis|
|Succeeded by||Ian Lucas|
24 December 1940 |
|Forward Wales (2003 – 10)
John Marek Independent (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.
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.
Of Czech descent, he was the only Czech-speaking Member of the UK Parliament. 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 Aberystwyth University
Having previously unsuccessfully contested Ludlow in October 1974, 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.
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.
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).
On 29 March 2010 Marek joined the Conservative Party, and he was later confirmed as the party's candidate for the 2011 Welsh Assembly election where he again came second to Griffiths, by 3,335 votes in the Wrexham constituency.
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.
- "Former Wrexham Labour MP and AM John Marek joins Tories". BBC News. 29 March 2010.
- John Marek "BBC News AMs profile". BBC. Retrieved 1999-09-01.
- "AM loses reselection battle". BBC. 22 February 2003. Retrieved 2003-02-22.
- "Marek is first independent AM". BBC. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 2003-05-02.
- "Independent John Marek is ousted". BBC. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
- "Ex-Wrexham MP and AM John Marek to fight seat as Tory". BBC. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- "BBC News - Election 2011 - Wales - Wrexham". BBC News Online. 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Wrexham
|National Assembly for Wales|
|Assembly Member for Wrexham
|Deputy Presiding Officer