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Mark Reckless AM

Mark Reckless AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Region: South Wales East

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Assembly Address: 
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1Na

Bus. phone:  0300 200 7204


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Term of Office

  • 06/05/2016 -

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Key interests and achievements

Mark Reckless has campaigned all his adult life for the UK to leave the European Union.

In October 2012, Mark defeated the then UK coalition government for the first time in a parliamentary vote, with a motion requiring a real terms reduction in the EU budget. This was delivered, saving UK taxpayers billions of pounds, and within three months the Prime Minister agreed to a referendum on EU membership.

In the autumn of 2014, Mark left the Conservative party and joined UKIP. He stood down from his seat in the UK Parliament to seek the endorsement of his constituents and was re-elected in a by-election.


Professional background

Before politics, Mark worked as UK Economist for the investment bank S.G. Warburg (now part of UBS). He was rated top three by clients on the Extel and Institutional Investor surveys. Mark later worked as a management consultant. In 2007 he was called to the Bar. In 2009 he qualified as a solicitor with Hebert Smith LLP, having spent time as Judicial Assistant to the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal.


Political history

Having fought for the Medway constituency seat in 2001 and 2005, Mark was elected as Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood in 2010. He also served as a Medway Councillor and a member of the Kent Police Authority.

In November 2014 Mark was re-elected as UKIP MP for Rochester and Strood at a by-election, holding the seat until May 2015. Mark was then appointed as UKIP’s Director of Policy Development and later as Economy Spokesman.


Mark was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2016. He chairs the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.


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