|Matthew Offord FRGS MP|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew Dismore|
3 September 1969 |
Alton, Hampshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Claire Michelle Rowles|
|Alma mater||Nottingham Trent University
King's College London
|Occupation||Political Analyst at the BBC |
|Committees||AWEPA Governing Council|
Dr Matthew James Offord FRGS (born 3 September 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Hendon in North London. He is also a member of the AWEPA Governing Council.
Early life and education
Offord was state-educated at Amery Hill School, Alton, Hampshire, and went to Nottingham Trent University where he first became involved in the Conservative Party. He went on to study at both Lancaster University where he received his masters degree, and King's College London where he was awarded a PhD in 2010. Offord is a keen sailor on the Welsh Harp Reservoir and competed in the 2009 Fastnet Race. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and undertook a 2,000 km exploration of the Libyan Desert in 2005.
Offord stood unsuccessfully for election at the 2001 general election for the safe Labour seat of Barnsley East and Mexborough where he failed to defeat the sitting MP, Jeff Ennis. He was elected to serve the Hendon ward on the London Borough of Barnet's Council in 2002 and became chairman of the Hendon Conservative Association and deputy leader of the Council while working for the BBC as a political analyst. He became MP for Hendon at the 2010 general election, winning the seat from Labour's Andrew Dismore with a 4.1% swing to give a slender majority of 106.
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