Adam Holloway

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Adam Holloway
Member of Parliament
for Gravesham
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Chris Pond
Majority 9,312 (19.7%)
Personal details
Born (1965-07-29) 29 July 1965 (age 51)
Faversham, Kent, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Residence Gravesend
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge
Occupation Politician
Profession Military
Religion Christian
Military service
Service/branch Grenadier Guards
Years of service 1991–1997
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Gulf Medal BAR.svg (Gulf Medal)

Adam James Harold Holloway (born 29 July 1965) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gravesham since 2005.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Faversham, Kent, the son of the Revd Roger Holloway OBE (died 2010), Holloway was educated at Cranleigh School before going to Magdalene College, Cambridge where he studied social and political sciences, graduating as MA, before postgraduate studies at Imperial College London (MBA).

Prior to his election to Parliament, Holloway was commissioned in the British Army and served with the Grenadier Guards. During his military service he engaged in combat during the Gulf War and elsewhere, being promoted to the rank of Captain. After leaving the Army, he worked as an investigative journalist with ITN, World in Action, Panorama and the Sunday Times. His most well known work was an award winning documentary series for ITV called "No Fixed Abode" in which Holloway spent three months homeless on the streets of London in 1991, highlighting the plight of the capital's growing homeless population and particularly those with mental health issues.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Holloway was elected in the 2005 General Election to represent the Kent constituency of Gravesham, defeating a former Labour Minister, Chris Pond, by just 654 votes, but with one of the largest swings from Labour to Conservative in the country at 4.9% at that General Election. This was the first time since the Second World War that Gravesham (or its predecessor Gravesend constituency) had not been held by the party of Government.

He delivered his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 28 June 2005. Holloway was also invited to speak (on 15 September 2006) alongside US Congressman John Shimkus to students on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).

Holloway was a member of the Defence Select Committee from 2006 to 2010,[2] since when he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council.[3]

Holloway was returned as MP for Gravesham on 6 May 2010 with 22,956 votes (48.5% of the vote) and with an increased majority of 9,312.[4]

In October 2010 he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to David Lidington, Minister of State for Europe and NATO in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[5] In 2011, in defiance of a three-line (party) whip over Europe.,[6][7] he resigned this junior governmental post.[8]

The Prime Minister and Samantha Cameron made a high-profile visit to Gravesend at the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara during Vaisakhi, as his campaign for re-election to Parliament in 2015 .[9]

Political funding[edit]

Since being elected to Parliament in 2005, Holloway has received donations to his constituency organisation and for parliamentary activities in the sum of just under £62,000;[10] from Lord Ashcroft’s company Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd (now Impellam Ventures),[11] as well as £2,000 from Archie Norman,[12] and £1,400 from Diplomatic Freight Services (DFS),[13] for travel expenses visiting Afghanistan.[14]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chris Pond
Member of Parliament for Gravesham