Mark Pawsey

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Mark Pawsey
Member of Parliament
for Rugby
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Andrew King
Majority 10,345 (21.1%)
Personal details
Born Mark Julian Francis Pawsey
(1957-01-16) 16 January 1957 (age 59)
Binley Woods, Warwickshire, England
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Tracy Pawsey
Relations Jim Pawsey (father)
Children 4
Alma mater Reading University
Profession Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic[citation needed]

Mark Julian Francis Pawsey[1] (born 16 January 1957)[2] is an English 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 and then for Rugby and Kenilworth from 1983 to 1997, when he lost the seat in the general election to Labour's Andy King.

Education and early career[edit]

Mark Pawsey grew up in Binley Woods, England, and was educated at Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby. 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 an FTSE 100 company.[citation needed]

Local government[edit]

Pawsey was elected as a Councillor for the Conservative Party for Dunchurch and Knightlow on the Rugby Borough Council in 2002. He served on planning, borough development and housing panels and was portfolio holder and cabinet member for Housing.

House of Commons[edit]

He resigned from his position as a councillor upon selection in January 2007 for the new parliamentary constituency of Rugby and was a member of the A-List.[5]

Mark Pawsey was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010 for Rugby with a majority of 6,000 votes.[6]

He serves as well on the Communities and Local Government Committee, having taken over from George Freeman on 29 November 2010.[7] Mark Pawsey is a member of the all-party groups on manufacturing, microbusinesses, packaging, small business, sewers and sewerage and rugby union. He plays for the Lords & Commons rugby club.[8]

He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014[9]


2005 general election: Nuneaton[10]
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
2010 general election: Rugby[11]
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]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rugby