Mark Pawsey

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Mark Pawsey

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Member of Parliament
for Rugby
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byNew constituency
Majority8,212 (16.0%)
Personal details
Mark Julian Francis Pawsey

(1957-01-16) 16 January 1957 (age 62)
Binley Woods, Warwickshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Tracy Pawsey
RelationsJim Pawsey (father)
Alma materReading University

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]

Pawsey 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] Pawsey was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010 for Rugby with a majority of 6,000 votes.[6] He was subsequently reelected in 2015 and 2017 with majorities of 10,345 and 8,212.

Pawsey served on the Communities and Local Government Committee, having taken over from George Freeman, between 2010-2015.[7] He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014[8] and has been a member of the all-party groups on manufacturing, microbusinesses, packaging, small business, sewers and sewerage and rugby union. He played for the Lords & Commons rugby club [9] and is currently also secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Speedway Racing. Since September 2017 he has been a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.

He has stated that he would support repealing the ban on fox hunting.[10]

Pawsey was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[11]


Pawsey attracted controversy in December 2012 after he spoke out against allowing same sex people to marry by suggesting that it would lead to lower levels of heterosexual people getting married. He postulated: ""Given that marriage rates in Spain and Holland collapsed after the introduction of same-sex marriage, does she [Maria Miller] not fear that in this country even fewer couples intending to have children will choose to marry?" [12] Research later showed that Pawsley's evidence base for making his assertion was problematic.[13]

Since becoming an MP Pawsey has campaigned against various measures to limit the tobacco industry. In 2012 Pawsey set up, and became Chair, of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Packaging Manufacturing Industry, with one of objectives of this APPG is “to address issues facing the industry from regulation”.[14] Pawsey was one of the MPs who voted unsuccessfully against the proposed tobacco control measure of introducing plain packaging in 2015. Later that year, Pawsey was treated to hospitality worth £1,650 by Japan Tobacco International.[15] Having helped establish the APPG for E-Cigarettes, Pawsey promoted the alleged health benefits of e-cigarettes in Parliament, without disclosing that he had been treated to hospitality by a manufacturer of UK e-cigarette brand in December 2015.[16]

In July 2017, Pawsey was accused of hypocrisy by opponents after he voting against an opposition motion to end a below inflation public sector pay cap – one week after saying concerns over wages needed to be addressed in a letter to his local newspaper.[17]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Tracy and they live in the village of Grandborough and London. They have four children.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8745.
  2. ^ "Mark Pawsey MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "UK > England > West Midlands > Rugby". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  5. ^ In re A-List,, April 2009.
  6. ^ "UK> England> West Midlands> Rugby". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013-14". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Rugby girl, 10, campaigns to get MP to change his mind on fox hunting". Rugby Advertiser. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Gay Marriage: Tory MP Says Fewer Straight People Will Marry If Gay People Can". Huffington Post. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Full Fact". Full Fact. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  14. ^ "New role". Personal website. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Parliamentary Expenses" (PDF). Gov UK. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Tory MP heaps praise on e-cigarettes after vaping firm treats him to £1,600 trip to Rugby World Cup". Mirror. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Rugby MP's public sector pay vote draws criticism from opponents". Rugby Observer. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  18. ^

External links[edit]

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