Marcus Fysh

Marcus Fysh
MP
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Yeovil
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by David Laws
Majority 14,723 (24.8%)
Personal details
Born (1970-11-08) 8 November 1970
Australia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jenny
Children 3
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Marcus John Hudson Fysh[1] (born 8 November 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Yeovil and the nearby towns and villages in South Somerset since the 2015 general election.[2] He is a public supporter of Leave Means Leave, a pro-Brexit lobby group.[3]

Career

Fysh is from a medical family with a background in business and investment, finance and economics, and was educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[4] Prior to his election he ran companies in the agriculture and healthcare sectors, after working for Mercury Asset Management specialising in investment in businesses in the Asia Pacific region.[5][6][7]

He was a District Councillor on South Somerset District Council representing Yeovil South,[8] and in 2013 was elected to represent the Coker division of Somerset County Council.[9] He was elected as Member of Parliament for the Yeovil constituency on 8 May 2015.[10][11]

During the 2015 Parliament Fysh has been a Member of the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee,[12] and an inaugural member of the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee.[13]

Fysh has been engaged with the Industry and Parliament Trust programme examining the Defence Manufacturing Industry, and has been a member of All Party Parliamentary Groups for the Armed Forces, for Housing, for County Councils, and for Women Against State Pension Inequality.[14][15]

Controversies

In December 2016, Fysh made national headlines when he sent messages to the owner of a community Facebook page threatening to sue.[16]

In February 2018, Fysh was ridiculed for a series of tweets in which he was accused of spreading fake news.[17] One of Fysh's tweets, described as "bizarre", read: "Ya da ya da gravity ya da ya da meaningless graphs, supposition and cod economics ya da ya da ya".[18] One Twitter user suggested that Fysh had "finally lost the plot." [17]

Personal life

He lives at Naish Priory, parts of which date from the 14th century, in the village of East Coker.[19] In 2011 he opposed plans by the local council to build additional houses in the area.[20][21][22]

References

  1. "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11785.
  2. "Election 2015: Lib Dems lose Yeovil seat to Tories". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. "Co-Chairmen - Political Advisory Board - Supporters". Leave Means Leave.
  4. Winchester College, A Register 2014, page 740
  5. "Marcus Fysh". Conservative Party. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. "Election Yeovil result: Conservative Marcus Fysh wins the seat over Lib Dem David Laws". Western Daily Press. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. Carr, Tim (2015). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2015: Profiles of the New MPs and Analysis of the 2015 General Election Results. Biteback. ISBN 9781849549240.
  8. "Cllr Marcus Fysh". South Somerset Council. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  9. "Conservatives claim another seat on Somerset County Council". Somerset County Gazette. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  10. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. "Yeovil parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  12. "Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee membership at the end of Parliament 2015-17". Parliament UK. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  13. "International Trade Committee membership at the end of Parliament 2015-17". Parliament UK. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  14. "Marcus Fysh MP, Yeovil". They Work For You. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  15. "COLUMN: Priority should be strong defence, MP Marcus Fysh". Yeovil Express. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  16. "Tory MP threatens to sue his constituency Facebook page".
  17. 1 2 Malloy, Tomas (13 February 2018). "MP in fiery Twitter spat over Brexit 'fake news'".
  18. "Marcus Fysh MP on Twitter".
  19. "Cllr Marcus Fysh". Somerset Conservatives. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  20. "Hands Off Our Land: the fight to protect TS Eliot's village". Telegraph. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  21. Gillespie, James (5 February 2012). "Developers get bonus to build on TS Eliot site". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  22. "Poet's corner: The battle for TS Eliot's village". The Independent. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Laws
Member of Parliament
for Yeovil

2015–present
Incumbent
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