Brooks Phillip Victor Newmark[2] (born 8 May 1958) was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree between 2005 and 2015.

On 11 October 2014, Newmark announced that he would stand down at the 2015 general election following media intrusion into his personal life.[1]

Early life

Bedford School

Newmark was born in Westport, Connecticut, in the United States, on 8 May 1958 to Howard Newmark and Gilda Gourlay (née Rames). He is of Jewish heritage.[3] He moved to the UK aged nine and attended Caldicott Preparatory School and Bedford School and graduated from Harvard College, receiving a BA in History in 1980 and was a member of the Delphic Club. He was a Research Graduate in Politics at Worcester College, Oxford, from 1980 to 1982, and received an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School in 1984.

Business interests

Newmark was Vice President in the International Division of Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1984 to 1987, a Managing Director of Newmark Brothers Ltd., a corporate finance advisory company, from 1988 to 1993, and then a director of Stellican Ltd from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2005, Newmark was a senior partner at Apollo Management (UK) LP, an international private equity firm.

He has been a director of Telesis Management Ltd since 2005 and AAA MIP Limited since 2006.[4]

Parliamentary career

Newmark contested Newcastle Central in 1997, and Braintree in 2001. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Braintree (in mid Essex) in the 2005 general election over the Labour incumbent, Alan Hurst, and was re-elected in 2010 with a greater majority.

He served as a Whip for Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for International Development, Department for Business, and Innovation & Skills. In opposition, Newmark served as the Foreign Affairs Whip (2009–10) and Treasury Whip (2007-8). Newmark had previously served as a Member of the Treasury Select Committee (2006-7) and the Science & Technology Select Committee (2005-7). Newmark was re-elected onto the Treasury Select Committee in 2012 after 5 years in the Whips' Office. In mid July 2014, Newmark was appointed as the Minister for Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office.[5][6] In response to a question, following his first public speech in that role, he said that charities should "stick to their knitting" and "keep out of the realm of politics". However, it has been later revealed that these quotations were taken out of context, and in fact suggested that politicians should support charities, but not interfere.[7]

During his time as an MP, Newmark co-founded and co-chaired Women2Win, an organisation established to encourage women into politics and public service. Newmark is credited for increasing the number of Conservative female MPs from 17 to 68 between 2005-2015. He also co-founded the Million Jobs Campaign to address the need for more to be done regarding youth unemployment. In the 2015 budget, the Chancellor abolished National Insurance for anyone 18-25 and newly employed following a recommendation by Newmark.

Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society on 27 September 2014, a day before the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. This followed allegations, published by the Sunday Mirror, that he had been sexting a consenting male undercover reporter who was posing as a female to deliberately target Newmark, having failed with various other male MPs, over social media.[8][9] Fellow Conservative MP Mark Pritchard announced that he would make a formal complaint against the newspaper saying that "questionable techniques" had been involved in the paper's report.[10] Investigations by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) are ongoing.[11] A former contestant on the Swedish television show Sweden's Next Top Model, Malin Sahlen, said that she had no idea the newspaper had used her picture to entrap Newmark and was shocked.[12] Following further media intrusion Newmark announced he would not seek re-election to Parliament at the forthcoming General election. Former chair of the Press Complaints Commission, Christopher Meyer criticised the Sunday Mirror over the entrapment[13] as did Alan Moses of the IPSO.[14] Other newspapers, including the Sun and The Mail on Sunday were reported to have turned down the story.[1][15]

Newmark is currently a Research Associate at the University of Oxford in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He is also guest lecturing at the Said Business School on private equity, and frequently travels to universities outside the UK to lecture in either politics or finance. He is the author of various articles on the war in Syrian, Brexit, US politics and homelessness.

In April 2016, Newmark was made President of the new Braintree District Community Foundation, an organisation led by local people supporting community projects.

He is currently chairing a report on homelessness at the Centre for Social Justice.

Political views

Newmark's special interests include: Economic Policy, Foreign Affairs (Middle East, India, China and USA); Poverty Reduction & International Development (Micro Finance), Special Needs Education and Women & Equality (Founder and Co-Chairman of Women2Win). Many female candidates in the 2015 general election were subsequently successful in their bid to become MPs.

Publications include: Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party (2005); Simply Red; The True State of the Public Finances (CPS, 2006); The Price of Irresponsibility (CPS, 2008) and the Hidden Debt Bombshell (CPS, 2009).

Personal life

He is married to Lucy Keegan (daughter of the military historian Sir John Keegan) and has four sons, Benjamin (also a graduate of Harvard University[16]), Sam (Harvard University Class of 2014), Max and Zachary, and one daughter, Lily. Newmark supports Newcastle United F.C. and enjoys both running and skiing.[17]

Newmark is involved in various charities including PARC, a respite centre based in Braintree for Children with severe disabilities, Farleigh Hospice and A Partner in Education, which he founded in 2010.[18]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Tory Brooks Newmark to quit as MP". BBC News. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "no. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8741. 
  3. ^ Brooks Newmark MP gets business role The Jewish Chronicle 21 May 2010
  4. ^ "Non-Parliamentary Occupations". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Reshuffle at-a-glance: In, out and moved about", BBC News, 15 July 2014
  6. ^ Aimme Meade ""Nick Hurd resigns: what do charities want from next civil society minister?", The Guardian (Professional), 15 July 2014
  7. ^ Brooks Newmark: charities should keep out of politics Civil Society Magazine 3 September 2014
  8. ^ "Tory MP Brooks Newmark quits ministerial position following Sunday newspaper sting". The Independent. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cabinet Office minister Brooks Newmark resigns". The Guardian. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "BBC News - Brooks Newmark Sunday Mirror story prompts MP's complaint". BBC News. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Watchdog to pursue inquiry into sex sting against MP Brooks Newmark The Guardian 19 October 2014
  12. ^ "Brooks Newmark: Swedish model says she is 'shocked' to have been 'exploited' by tabloid sting". Telegraph.co.uk. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Brooks Newmark Quits As MP: 'Sexting' Scandal Places 'Intolerable Burden' On Family Huffington Post 11 October 2014
  14. ^ Brooks Newmark resigns: Minister caught in sex sting to quit as MP over new scandal Independent 11 October 2014
  15. ^ Brooks Newmark sex sting: Ipso to investigate Sunday Mirror The Guardian 29 September 2014
  16. ^ "Off to airport to Boston as my eldest son Benjamin graduates from Harvard 2morrow.". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  18. ^ The Story of APIE