Mike Weatherley

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Mike Weatherley MP
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Mike Weatherley, July 2010
Member of Parliament
for Hove
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Celia Barlow
Majority 1,868 (3.7%)
Personal details
Born (1957-07-02) 2 July 1957 (age 57)
Clevedon, Somerset, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater London South Bank University

Michael 'Mike' Richard Weatherley (born 2 July 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hove in East Sussex, since winning the seat in the 2010 general election.[1][2][3]

Early life

Weatherley was born on 2 July 1957.[4] He was educated at Kent College, an independent school near Canterbury, Kent. He studied business studies at London South Bank University. He is a chartered management accountant. He professes a keen interest in live music and was finance director of record producer Pete Waterman's group of businesses.[5] In 2007 he became Vice President (Europe) for the Motion Picture Licensing Company.[6]

Political career

Weatherley's first parliamentary contest was in 2001 in the safe Labour seat of Barking in east London. He also unsuccessfully contested a council seat in Brighton and Hove in 2003. In the 2005 general election, he was Conservative parliamentary candidate for Brighton, Pavilion,[7] the seat adjacent to Hove. In the event, the seat was held by the incumbent Labour MP, David Lepper with a majority of over 5,000.

Weatherley then secured a seat on his local Crawley Borough Council, [8][9][10] defeating the Labour candidate, former Big Brother contestant Eugene Sully. In 2006, he was then selected by Hove Conservatives[10] as their candidate. He was finally successful in entering parliament when he defeated sitting Labour MP Celia Barlow, overturning her narrow 2005 winning margin of just 420 votes.

In Parliament

Following his election, Weatherley campaigned to have squatting in residential properties criminalised, with the backing of Justice Minister Kenneth Clarke.[11] The campaign was successful and led to a provision in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 creating a new offence. In November 2012 he was attacked with vegetables by a group of pro-squatting protesters ahead of a debate on the legislation at the University of Sussex. Weatherley and his staff were eventually led to safety by police.[12] In March 2013, an anonymous website claimed that Weatherley, as author of the legislation, was responsible for the death of a homeless man, Daniel Gauntlett, who had frozen to death after choosing to sleep outside an empty house rather than break the law. Weatherley rejected the claim.[13]

Weatherley has an interest in protecting intellectual property rights and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group.[14] In 2010, he launched a national music competition, "Rock the House",[15][dead link] one of the main objectives of which is to highlight intellectual property rights. The campaign has gained support from musicians such as Alice Cooper.[16] In April 2014 he called on the Prime Minister to commit to the permanent funding of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit to extend its existence beyond 2015.[17]

Weatherley has campaigned against the repeal of the Hunting Act 2004,[18] stating that "hunting foxes with hounds is a cruel and inhumane practice,"[19] and pledging to vote against any measure which would lead to the ban being overturned. He has also campaigned against the implementation of the proposed ban on the retail display of tobacco products,[20] arguing that it would damage trade for small businesses.[21] He has written to the Prime Minister in favour of giving same-sex couples equal marriage rights and force religious organizations to register such ceremonies, which has caused controversy.[22][23][24]

Weatherley is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Business and Retail Crime, along with various other APPGs.[25] He is also a Vice-President of the Debating Group.[26] He is a supporter of the Free Enterprise Group.[27]

After a battle with cancer, Weatherley decided to stand down at the 2015 general election.[28]

Personal life

Weatherley has two sons and a daughter with his first wife.[4][5]

In June 2010, Weatherley's second wife, Brazilian-born Carla Weatherley, was revealed to be working as a prostitute when married (although separated at the time) to Mike Weatherley.[29][30] Weatherley has expressed his shock at the revelation and has stated that they had separated in February 2010.[31]

His main passion outside work and politics is rock music. In his spare time, he watches bands perform live in local venues and, in his maiden speech, he pledged that he would wear an Iron Maiden T-shirt in the Chamber.[32] On 15 December 2011, Weatherley announced that he was unable to fulfil his pledge, explaining, "It's not allowed in the Commons, I asked the Speaker if he'd give me permission and he said no."[33]

Weatherley is a keen cyclist, having participated in the London to Brighton bike ride and, along with 44 other cyclists, raising £230,000 for Childline and Nordoff Robbins by participating in a 100 mi charity bike ride along the Nile in Egypt.[6] He is also a qualified ski instructor and football referee, and former centre-forward of the Martha Gunners.[6]

References

  1. ^ "TheyWorkForYou.com". TheyWorkForYou.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Election results in The Argus". Theargus.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "BBC Election 2010". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "The Argus candidate profile". Theargus.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Pavilion selection press release[dead link]
  6. ^ a b c "Biography". Mike Weatherley MP. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Pavilion campaign Web site[dead link]
  8. ^ "Crawley Borough election results 2007". Crawley.gov.uk. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Election leaflet, Furnace Green, Crawley[dead link]
  10. ^ a b Hove selection press release[dead link]
  11. ^ http://www.mikeweatherleymp.com/2011/10/04/667/
  12. ^ "Tory MP attacked with rocks and tomatoes by 50 'violent thugs' ahead of talk on controversial new squatting laws". Daily Mail (London). 14 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Hern, Alex (7 March 2013). "Anti-squatting MP denies responsibility for death of homeless man". New Statesman. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/intellectual-property.htm
  15. ^ http://www.rockthehouse2012.com/
  16. ^ http://www.mikeweatherleymp.com/2011/10/24/alice-cooper-and-mike-weatherley-mp-meet-to-%E2%80%98rock-the-house%E2%80%99/
  17. ^ "UK Prime Minister Asked for Permanent Police Anti-Piracy Unit Funding". TorrentFreak. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Owen Bowcott (28 October 2010). "Foxhunting ban likely to remain thanks to new generation of Tory MPs | UK news". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Mike Against Fox Hunting". Mike Weatherley MP. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "ConservativeHome's Platform: Mike Weatherley MP: Listen to our nation of shopkeepers - and don't force through a tobacco display ban". Conservativehome.blogs.com. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "Hove MP to fight tobacco display ban (From The Argus)". Theargus.co.uk. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  22. ^ http://www.mikeweatherleymp.com/2011/09/05/same-sex-couples-should-have-exactly-the-same-marriage-rights/
  23. ^ http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2011/09/08/tory-mp-urges-cameron-to-crack-down-on-churches-that-refuse-to-hold-same-sex-ceremonies/
  24. ^ Jessica Geen, 'Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples', in Pink News, 2 September 2011 [1]
  25. ^ "Parliamentary Posts". Mike Weatherley MP. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  26. ^ Debating Group
  27. ^ Free Enterprise Group
  28. ^ http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2014/07/03/hove-mp-to-stand-down-at-next-election/31356
  29. ^ Will Payne. "Tory MP Mike Weatherley's wife working as a prostitute". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  30. ^ Beth Hale (9 June 2010). "Tory MP weeps over discovery that his Brazilian wife is £70-a-time suburban prostitute". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  31. ^ "Hove MP shock over wife "prostitute" allegations". Theargus.co.uk. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  32. ^ "European Affairs: 3 Jun 2010: House of Commons debates". TheyWorkForYou.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  33. ^ "MP banned from Maiden T-shirt in House of Commons". BBC News. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Celia Barlow
Member of Parliament for Hove
2010–present
Incumbent