| Andrew Dismore|
Michelle Rowles (m. 2010)
| 3 September 1969 (age 46)
Alton, Hampshire, England (1969-09-03) |
Nottingham Trent University
King's College London
Political Analyst at the BBC
AWEPA Governing Council
Hendon, London, United Kingdom
King's College London, Lancaster University, Nottingham Trent University
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.
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 is a keen sailor on the Welsh Harp Reservoir and competed in the 2009 Fastnet Race. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and undertook a 2,000 km exploration of the Libyan Desert in 2005.
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 claimed "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.
Matthew Offord voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership.
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