Matthew James Offord FRGS (born 3 September 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Hendon in North London. He is also a member of the AWEPA Governing Council.
|Member of Parliament |
|Assumed office |
7 May 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew Dismore|
Matthew James Offord
3 September 1969
Alton, Hampshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Divorced May 2018|
|Alma mater||Nottingham Trent University|
King's College London
|Occupation||Political Analyst at the BBC |
|Committees||AWEPA Governing Council|
Early life and educationEdit
Offord was state-educated at Amery Hill School, Alton, Hampshire, and studied at Nottingham Trent University where he first became involved in the Conservative Party. After graduation, he gained a master's degree from Lancaster University and was awarded a PhD at King's College London in 2011.
Offord stood unsuccessfully at the 2001 general election for the safe Labour seat of Barnsley East and Mexborough where he failed to defeat the sitting MP, Jeff Ennis. He was elected to serve the Hendon ward on the London Borough of Barnet's Council in 2002 and became chairman of the Hendon Conservative Association and deputy leader of the Council while working for the BBC as a political analyst. He became MP for Hendon at the 2010 general election, winning the seat from Labour's Andrew Dismore with a 4.1% swing to give a slender majority of 106.
In 2013, Offord said "there is a clear trend of attacking religion at the moment" as he proposed an amendment to the Local Government Act to allow prayers to take place at council meetings, which had been outlawed by a High Court decision. He also described same-sex marriage as an "attack on religion".
In 2015, Offord successfully retained his seat in Hendon, increasing the 2010 Conservative majority of 106 votes to 3,724.
In March 2018, he was a Commons promoter of the renewal of the Holocaust Act 2009.
In late November 2018, Offord became the 100th Conservative MP to say he would vote against Theresa May's Brexit deal, warning it would leave the UK bound to EU rules and regulations.
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