Martin Vickers

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Martin Vickers

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Member of Parliament
for Cleethorpes
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byShona McIsaac
Majority10,400 (21.7%)
Personal details
Born
Martin John Vickers

(1950-09-13) 13 September 1950 (age 68)[1]
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ann Gill
Children1
ResidenceCleethorpes
Alma materUniversity of Lincoln
Websitewww.martinvickers.org.uk

Martin John Vickers[2] (born 13 September 1950) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cleethorpes at the 2010 general election.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, Vickers was educated at Havelock School and Grimsby College.[3] He gained a politics degree at the University of Lincoln after six years as a part-time student in 2004.[4]

In 1979, he stood as a Conservative candidate for the Cromwell ward on Great Grimsby Borough Council, but was not successful. The following year, he elected as a councillor for the Weelsby ward on that council. Having only narrowly held his seat in 1986 by just 74 votes, he changed seats in 1990 to the Scartho ward (even then, only winning by an even narrower 30 votes) while Labour comfortably gained his old seat. In 1994, he lost his seat in Scartho to the Liberal Democrats.[5]

In 1995, he stood for the Scartho ward (with boundaries similar to the former Humberside County Council division) on the then-newly created unitary authority North East Lincolnshire Council which replaced the Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes borough councils, but was unsuccessful. He did, however, gain the seat from Labour in 1999 and remained on the authority until 2011[6]

Before being elected an MP, he served as full-time Conservative agent for Edward Leigh.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Vickers was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Cleethorpes in the 2010 general election, by a majority of 4,298.[7] On 24 October 2011, Vickers joined the Conservative backbench rebellion to vote in favour of a national referendum on the European Union.

Political views and parliamentary voting record[edit]

Vickers supported Brexit in the 2016 European Union referendum.[8]

He has voted against an investigation into the Iraq War, and has also voted against LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage. He has opposed raising welfare benefits in line with inflation, and has supported reducing benefits for those occupying homes with additional bedrooms.[9][better source needed]

In March 2019, Vickers was one of 21 MPs who voted against LGBT inclusive sex and relationship education in English schools.[10][11][12]

He is a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship [13]

Personal life[edit]

He has a wife, Ann, and has one daughter.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Vickers MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ "2010 Parliamentary Elections". North East Lincolnshire Council. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Martin Vickers". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Vickers, Martin". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Great Grimsby Borough Council Elections 1973-1994" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Cllr Vickers, Martin". North East Lincolnshire Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Cleethorpes". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence? – Coffee House". The Spectator. 16 February 2016.
  9. ^ Martin Vickers Voting RecordThey Work for You. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  10. ^ https://inews.co.uk/news/education/lgbt-sex-relationship-education-mps-support/
  11. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/21-mps-who-voted-against-14198149
  12. ^ https://commonsvotes.digiminster.com/Divisions/Details/650#noes
  13. ^ "Martin John VICKERS - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Shona McIsaac
Member of Parliament for Cleethorpes
2010–present
Incumbent