Key interests and
Mark Reckless has
campaigned all his adult life for the UK to leave the European
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.
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.
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
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. In April 2017, Mark
left UKIP and became an Independent Assembly Member joining the
Conservative group at the Assembly.