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David John Pattison Martin (born 5 February 1945) is a British Conservative politician.

Early lifeEdit

A farmer, barrister and former employee of the family caravans and motorhomes sales business "Martins Caravans Company Ltd." founded by his father, the late CBE John Besley Martin. He was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge where he also was part of the Hawks' Club and later a member of Inner Temple.[citation needed]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Martin served as a Teignbridge District councillor from 1979-1983. He stood for Yeovil at the 1983 general election but was defeated.

He served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South from 1987 until 1997 general election, when he was unseated by the Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Hancock. He stood again at the 2001 general election in the seat of Rugby and Kenilworth and at the 2005 general election in the seat of Bristol West but was unsuccessful on both occasions.


According to a source he is married to Basia Dowmunt and has one son and three daughters,[1] including the fiction novel author Cesca Major (née Martin).[2] He is also paternal uncle of Coldplay's lead vocalist, Chris Martin.[3]


  1. ^ Who, Who's. "Martin, David John Pattison". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u26783. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ Leonard, Sue (28 November 2015). "Beginner's Pluck: Cesca Major". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Family tree of Anthony John Martin". Geneanet.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Hancock
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South
Succeeded by
Mike Hancock