Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
8 May 2015
|Preceded by||David Laws|
|Born||8 November 1970|
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Oxford|
Marcus John Hudson Fysh (born 8 November 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician and former investment banker. He has been member of parliament (MP) for Yeovil and the nearby towns and villages in South Somerset since the 2015 general election. He is a public supporter of Leave Means Leave, a pro-Brexit lobby group.
Early life and career
Fysh was born on 8 November 1970 in Australia. His family moved to the UK when he was three. He comes from a medical family with a background in business and economics. He was privately educated at Winchester College in Hampshire and went on to study Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Prior to his election he ran companies in the agriculture and healthcare sectors, after working for Mercury Asset Management specialising in investment in businesses in the Asia Pacific region.
Fysh was elected for the Conservative Party as a district councillor for South Somerset in 2011, representing Yeovil South ward, which he served on for one four-year term. In 2013, he was elected to represent the Coker ward of Somerset County Council; following his election as an MP he did not stand at the following local election in 2017.
Fysh has been engaged with the Industry and Parliament Trust programme examining the Defence Manufacturing Industry, and has been a member of All-party parliamentary groups for the Armed Forces, for Housing, for County Councils, and for Women Against State Pension Inequality.
In the House of Commons he sits on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs[clarification needed] Select Committees, International Trade Select Committee, European Scrutiny Committee and Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee).
In May 2016, it was reported that Fysh was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses. In May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that, while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.
In March 2017, the Daily Telegraph reported that Fysh was one of nine MPs who had claimed Amazon Prime subscriptions on their parliamentary expenses. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, responsible for handling expenses claims, told the newspaper that subscriptions could be claimed but MPs must "justify the subscription is primarily used for parliamentary purposes". He responded that Amazon had refunded him when he took out subscriptions in previous years and he was expecting the cost to be refunded.
In May 2017, it was reported that Fysh had the sixth highest parliamentary expenses claim in the country. It was noted by The Independent that all of the top ten expenses claimants except Fysh and Karl McCartney were from Scotland - and thus understandably had high travel expenses as they had the longest travel distances between their constituency and Westminster.
An enthusiastic user of social media, Fysh has attracted media attention on several occasions. In December 2016, he sent messages to the owner of a community Facebook page threatening to sue her for negative comments posted by users of her website. In February 2018, Fysh was criticised for a series of tweets in which he was accused of spreading fake news. In August 2018, he attracted criticism after he said that Jim Winship, director of the British Sandwich Association, was "completely wrong" when he warned of shortages in ingredients such as tomatoes, lettuce and avocados in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Economist and political blogger Alex Andreou said Fysh was arrogant and smug, and showed "impenetrable stupidity". Fysh followed up in an online blog, writing that "Project Fear is truly beneath them and us as a country", and that the case will not be that Britain "will not know where any tomatoes are" in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Fysh lives in London and at Naish Priory, parts of which date from the 14th century, in the village of East Coker. In 2011, Fysh opposed plans by the local council to build additional houses in the area.
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