MPs: Mark Reckless MP; Keith Taylor MEP;

Rochester and Strood (House of Commons)

Mr Mark Reckless MP (Conservative)

Surgery: Suite 6
4A Castle View Mews
Castle Hill

Surgery Tel: 01634 409917

MP Since - 2010 Majority - 9,953 Born - 06/12/1970.
Education - Oxford University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). Columbia Business School (MBA). College of Law (LLB).

Previous Occupation - UK Economist for the investment bank Warburgs. Conservative Party Policy Unit. Worked for a firm of City of London Solicitors (Booz Allen Hamilton). Barrister, called to the Bar in 2007.

Personal Overview - After running Labour close in Medway at the 2005 General Election, he was rewarded by being selected for the notionally Conservative successor seat of Rochester and Strood in 2010. Has a career background as an economist working in investment banking and more recently changing paths to work in the legal sector. He also worked for the Conservative Party Policy Unit where he was involved in developing new policies covering youth crime and police governance. Politically, he likely to be a Eurosceptic, a libertarian, supporting free market capitalism and to favour lower taxation.

Political History - Councillor, Medway Council (2007-). General Election candidate for Medway (2001, 2005). MP Rochester and Strood (2010-). Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2010-).

Characteristics - Has been a member of the Kent Police Authority. Is a personal friend (and Best Man) of Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan.

Business Tel: 020 7219 3000


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Interests: Business & Finance,European Issues,Taxation,Transport,Law & Order,Health,Airport Expansion

Commitee membership
  • Home Affairs Committee (Member)
  • European Secure Vehicle Alliance Group (Vice Chairman)
  • Policing Group (Member)
  • Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Group (Member)
  • British-Danish Group (Member)
  • Georgia Group (Chairman)
  • British-Icelandic Group (Member)
  • Pitcairn Islands Group (Member)
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Group (Member)
  • British-Ukraine Group (Member)


South East (European Parliament)

Mr Keith Taylor MEP (Green)

MEP Since - 2010 Born - 01/08/1953. Partner (Lizzie).
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Worked in sales (1972-1980). Self-employed/Co-Director of a local business (1980-1999). Regional Liaison Officer for Caroline Lucas MEP (2002-2007).

Personal Overview - Replaced the outgoing Caroline Lucas here in June 2010 after she was successful in her bid to become the Green party's first MP at Westminster. He is an experienced Councillor, having led the Green Group in Brighton for a number of years. He has also shown an interest in foreign affairs issues, as a Councillor was active in campaigning to secure the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He has also been involved in High Court action supporting families with Autistic children. Within the party, he has been a spokesperson on planning and regeneration as well as a Principal Speaker at the time when the party had not adopted a single leader. He has also been involved in policy development with the party election manifesto. Locally, he he is likely to have gained a good knowledge of his electoral region through his work for his predecessor.

Political History - Councillor, Brighton and Hove City Council (1999-2010). Green Group Leader (2001-08). Chair, Association of Green Councillors (2001-2002). Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales (2004-2006). Regeneration Spokesperson (2008-10). MEP South East Region (2010-). Member of the Afghanistan Delegation (2010-14), Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council (2010-) and the Iran Delegation (2010-14). Member of the International Trade Committee (2010-14) and the Transport and Tourism Committee (2010-). Substitute member of the Petitions Committee (2010-14). Substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a Vice President of the UK’s Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament. Former representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and a City representative to the Local Government Association.

Intergroups - Member of the LGBT Rights Group.

Business Tel: +32 (0)2 28 45153


Interests: Environment,Economic Regeneration,Womans Issues,Regional Policy,Conservation

Commitee membership
  • Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (Substitute)
  • Transport & Tourism (Member)


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