Matthew James Offord is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hendon since 2010. He was previously a member of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa Governing Council.(born 3 September 1969)
|Member of Parliament |
|Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew Dismore|
3 September 1969
Alton, Hampshire, England
|Alma mater||Nottingham Trent University|
King's College London
Early life and education
Offord was born on 3 September 1969 in Alton, Hampshire, England to Christopher and Hilda Offord. His father was a builder. He attended Amery Hill School and then studied Geography at Nottingham Trent University. He worked as a BBC political analyst. Offord also obtained a master's degree in Environment, Culture and Society from Lancaster University in 2000, and a PhD in Geography from King's College London.
Offord stood as the Conservative candidate for Barnsley East and Mexborough in the 2001 general election. He came third in the seat behind the incumbent Labour MP Jeffrey Ennis and the Liberal Democrat candidate. The following year, he was elected as a councillor for Hendon ward on the Barnet London Borough Council. Offord was re-elected in 2006 and became the deputy leader of the council.
In 2010, he was elected as MP for Hendon by a majority of 106 votes. The seat had previously been held by Labour MP Andrew Dismore since 1997. The following year, he was one of 81 Conservative MPs who rebelled against the government by voting for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Offord was one of 136 Conservative MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 which legalised same-sex marriage in England and Wales. He voted against the Act as he felt that marriage should only between a man and a woman and that it could eventually lead to the legalisation of polygamy. He was also one of 21 MPs to vote against LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education from primary school.
He was re-elected in the 2015 and 2017 general election. In parliament, he has been a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee since December 2012. He is an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel. Offord supported Brexit in the 2016 UK EU membership referendum. He is a member of the European Research Group. Offord voted for then Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement in March 2019. He also voted against any referendum on a Brexit withdrawal agreement in the indicative votes on 27 March. He supported Boris Johnson's bid to become Conservative Party leader in 2019, and after he became prime minister voted for his Brexit withdrawal agreement in October.
Offord married Claire Michelle Rowles in 2010. She is a Conservative councillor for the Hungerford & Kintbury ward on West Berkshire Council and former solicitor. He is a Christian.
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