Scott Mann (politician)

Scott Mann
Parliamentary Private Secretary
to HM Treasury
In office
16 January 2018  16 July 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chancellor Philip Hammond
Preceded by Suella Fernandes
Succeeded by Vacant
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Transport
In office
26 June 2017  16 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Chris Grayling
Preceded by Victoria Prentis
Succeeded by Chris Green
Member of Parliament
for North Cornwall
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Dan Rogerson
Majority 7,200 (14.1%)
Personal details
Born (1977-06-24) 24 June 1977
Wadebridge, Cornwall, England
Political party Conservative
Website Official website

Scott Leslie Mann (born 24 June 1977) is a British Conservative politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Cornwall since May 2015. He previously represented the Wadebridge West ward on Cornwall Council.[1]

Political career

Local Government

In 2009, Mann was elected as local councillor for Wadebridge West, serving briefly on the North Cornwall District Council before it was absorbed by the now unitary authority that is Cornwall Council. In 2013, Mann retained his seat as county councillor for Wadebridge West.[2]

In February 2012, Mann resigned as deputy leader of the Conservative group on Cornwall Council in protest at £16 million of public money being used to fund a proposed sports stadium near Truro.[3][4]

In 2014, Mann met with Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid in Cornwall to campaign for the continued support for community leisure centres which were at threat of losing funding from the local authority.[5][6]

Member of Parliament (North Cornwall)

In 2013, Mann was named as the Conservative Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall in the run up to the 2015 General Election.[7]

Mann was subsequently elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of North Cornwall after winning the seat in the 2015 General Election. Mann received 21,689 votes, beating the previous MP, Dan Rogerson, by 6,621 with an approximate 9,000 vote swing. He became the first Conservative MP for the area since 1992, as well as contributing to all six Cornwall constituencies electing Conservative candidates—the first time in over a hundred years.[8] Along with Sarah Newton, MP for Truro & Falmouth, he took his parliamentary oath in the Cornish language.[9][10]

In November 2015, Mann introduced a Private Member's Bill to give Town and Parish Councils the power to hold community referendums to alter speed limits.[11] The Bill received its second reading in February 2016, but as it was opposed by both the Government and the Opposition, it was subsequently withdrawn.[12]

Mann campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 European Union Referendum. [13]

In December 2016, Mann was elected (unopposed) to the House of Commons' Environmental Audit Select Committee.[14]

In June 2017, Mann was elected as MP for North Cornwall following a snap General Election, garnering 23,835 votes and a 50.7% share of the vote. His majority also increased to 7,200.[15] Mann was subsequently appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for Transport - an un-paid role to assist and support government ministers in the Department for Transport.[16] Following the government reshuffle in January 2018, Mann was appointed as PPS to HM Treasury.[17]

In July 2018, Mann introduced his second Private Member's Bill - namely the Bathing Waters Bill - to introduce penalties which could be levied against water companies who pump sewage into the sea. During heavy rainfall, sewage is sometimes pumped into the sea through Combined Sewafe Overflow systems to reduce pressure on sewage systems.[18]

On 16 July 2018, Mann resigned from his role as PPS to HM Treasury in protest at Theresa May's "watered down" Brexit plan.[19]

Personal life

Mann was born and grew up in Wadebridge, Cornwall and attended Wadebridge Secondary School. His father grew up in Bodmin, Cornwall; his occupation was in boat construction.[20] His mother grew up in St Kew Highway, Cornwall.[21][22]

After leaving school at 16, Mann attended St Austell College before becoming a postman for the Royal Mail and was based at the local sorting office in Wadebridge.[23] He is the honorary vice-president of Wadebridge Cricket Club.[24]

On a summer boat trip in 2016 Mann had to be rescued from drowning by fellow MP Johnny Mercer because he was "ashamed to admit" he couldn't swim. Writing to raise awareness, he said he endangered his life because he was "afraid to own up to something that [he] considered an embarrassment". He has since taken swimming lessons.[25][26][27]


  1. Profile,; accessed 15 May 2015.
  2. "About Scott", North Cornwall View (magazine); accessed 15 May 2015.
  3. Mann resigns as deputy leader of the Conservative group on Cornwall Council,; accessed 15 May 2015.
  4. Profile,; accessed 15 May 2015.
  5. "Keep our leisure centres open",; accessed 15 May 2015.
  6. Cameron: rural communities overlooked,; accessed 15 May 2015.
  7. "Local Mann stands for parliament", North Cornwall News (magazine); accessed 15 May 2015.
  8. "North Cornwall Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  15. United Kingdom general election, 2017
  20. "Local Mann stands for parliament", North Cornwall News (magazine); accessed 15 May 2015.
  21. "About Scott" – North Cornwall View magazine 2015
  22. Profile,; accessed 15 May 2015.
  23. "About Scott" – North Cornwall View magazine 2015
  24. Profile,; accessed 15 May 2015.
  25. Mann, Scott (18 November 2016). "I Am An Adult, And I Am Unable To Swim | The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  26. McCann, Kate (18 November 2016). "Tory MP Johnny Mercer rescued colleague who was afraid to admit he couldn't swim from drowning". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  27. "Non-swimmer North Cornwall MP Scott Mann rescued after trying to swim to shore on Rame Peninsula". Cornwall Live. Local World. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dan Rogerson
Member of Parliament
for North Cornwall

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