Mark Pawsey

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Mark Pawsey
MP
Member of Parliament
for Rugby
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Andrew King
Majority 6,000 (12.6%)
Personal details
Born Mark Julian Francis Pawsey
(1957-01-16) 16 January 1957 (age 57)
Binley Woods, Warwickshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Tracy Pawsey; 4 children
Relations Jim Pawsey (father)
Alma mater Reading University
Profession Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic[citation needed]
Website markpawsey.org.uk

Mark Julian Francis Pawsey[1] (born 16 January 1957)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rugby since the 2010 general election.[3][4]

His father, Jim Pawsey, was Member of Parliament for Rugby from 1979 to 1983, then for Rugby and Kenilworth from 1983 until he lost the seat in the 1997 General Election to Labour's Andy King.

Education and early career[edit]

Mark Pawsey grew up in Binley Woods and was educated at Lawrence Sheriff School. He later attended Reading University, where he earned a degree in Estate Management. In 1982 he founded a company with his brother supplying products to the catering trade, which was later bought by a FTSE100 company.[citation needed]

Local Government[edit]

Pawsey was elected Conservative Councillor for Dunchurch & Knightlow on the Rugby Borough Council in 2002. He served on Planning, Borough Development and Housing Panels and was Portfolio Holder & Cabinet Member for Housing. He retired from his position as a borough councillor upon selection in January 2007 for the new Rugby Constituency. He was a member of the A-List.[5]

House of Commons[edit]

Mark Pawsey was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010, as the Member of Parliament for Rugby with a majority of 6,000 votes.[6] The seat is now Labour target number 96.[7]

He also serves on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, taking over from George Freeman on 29 November 2010.[8] Mark Pawsey is a member of the All Party Groups on Manufacturing, Micro-Businesses, Packaging, Small Business, Sewers & Sewerage and Rugby Union, as well as playing for the Lords & Commons Rugby Team.[9]

He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Bill.[10]

Elections[edit]

General Election 2005: Nuneaton[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Olner 19,945 44.0 −8.1
Conservative Mark Pawsey 17,664 39.0 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Ali Asghar 5,884 13.0 +1.9
UKIP Keith Tyson 1,786 3.9 +1.9
Majority 2,281 5.0
Turnout 45,279 61.7 +1.6
Labour hold Swing −6.2
General Election 2010: Rugby[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Pawsey 20,901 44.0 +5.7
Labour Andy King 14,901 31.4 −12.1
Liberal Democrat Jerry Roodhouse 9,434 19.9 +4.9
BNP Mark Badrick 1,375 2.9 N/A
Green Roy Sandison 451 1.0 N/A
UKIP Barry Milford 406 0.9 −1.1
Majority 6,000 12.6 +17.8
Turnout 47,468 68.9 +1.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.9

Personal life[edit]

Mark lives in Grandborough near Rugby with his wife Tracy and his four children Victoria, Will, Tom and Sara.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rugby
2010–present
Incumbent