Matthew Offord


Matthew James Offord FRGS (born 3 September 1969)[2] 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.[3]

Matthew Offord

Offord in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Hendon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byAndrew Dismore
Majority4,230 (7.7%)
Personal details
Born
Matthew James Offord[1]

(1969-09-03) 3 September 1969 (age 51)
Alton, Hampshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
ResidenceHendon
Alma materNottingham Trent University
Lancaster University
King's College London
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.matthewofford.co.uk

Early life and education


Offord was born on 3 September 1969 in Alton, Hampshire, England to Christopher and Hilda Offord.[2] His father was a builder.[4] He attended Amery Hill School and then studied Geography at Nottingham Trent University. He worked as a BBC political analyst.[5] 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.[6][7]

Political career


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.[8] The following year, he was elected as a councillor for Hendon ward on the Barnet London Borough Council.[9] Offord was re-elected in 2006 and became the deputy leader of the council.[10]

In 2010, he was elected as MP for Hendon by a majority of 106 votes.[11] The seat had previously been held by Labour MP Andrew Dismore since 1997.[5] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] He was also one of 21 MPs to vote against LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education from primary school.[15]

He was re-elected in the 2015 and 2017 general election.[16] In parliament, he has been a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee since December 2012.[17] He is an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20][21]

Personal life


Offord married Claire Michelle Rowles in 2010.[2] She is a Conservative councillor for the Hungerford & Kintbury ward on West Berkshire Council and former solicitor.[22][23] He is a Christian.[4]

References


  1. "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11776.
  2. "Offord, Dr Matthew James". A & C Black. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  3. "Governing Council". 21 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011.
  4. Crerar, Pippa (17 April 2015). "Constituency focus: Hendon... the smallest Tory majority in the capital". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  5. "Hendon". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  6. "Facing the Socio-Environmental Complexities of our Time". Lancaster University. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  7. "Matthew Offord". King's College London.
  8. "Barnsley East & Mexborough". BBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. "London Borough Council Elections" (PDF). Greater London Authority. p. 40. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. Marzouk, Lawrence (18 May 2006). "Right-wing coup". Times series. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. "Hendon". BBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  12. Wintour, Patrick (25 October 2011). "Full list of MPs who voted for an EU referendum". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  13. "MP-by-MP: Gay marriage vote". BBC News. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  14. "Hendon MP Matthew Offord defends his disapproval of same-sex marriage". Times series. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  15. Butterworth, Benjamin (28 March 2019). "MPs vote for LGBT inclusive sex and relationship education from primary school". i. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  16. "Hendon". BBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  17. "Dr Matthew Offord MP". parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  18. "About CFI". Conservative Friends of Israel. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  19. "How MPs voted on May's withdrawal deal defeat". Financial Times. 29 March 2019. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019.
  20. "Full list: Tory leadership contenders and MPs backing them". The Spectator. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  21. Buchan, Lizzy (22 October 2019). "How your MP voted for Boris Johnson's Brexit deal". The Independent.
  22. "Election results for Hungerford & Kintbury". West Berkshire Council. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  23. "Claire Michelle Rowles". The Law Society. Retrieved 31 October 2019.