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Mark Oaten
Mark Oaten

Mark Oaten (born 8 March 1964, Watford) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom, and Member of Parliament for the Winchester constituency. Oaten served as the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary (the party's main Home Affairs spokesman), before resigning that position on 21 January 2006 after a sex scandal involving male prostitutes was uncovered by the News of the World tabloid newspaper. Image courtesy Liberal Democrats. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Watford is a town and district (styled as a borough due to the historical charter granted by Henry VIII) in Hertfordshire located 15. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... Winchester is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A male prostitute (or rent boy (UK)/hustler (US)) is a sex worker or prostitute who earns money by providing sexual services to clients. ... The News of the World is a British tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. ... A tabloid is a newspaper — especially in the United Kingdom — that uses the tabloid format, which is roughly 23½ by 14¾ inches per spread. ...

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Before Parliament

Oaten was educated at Queens School, Bushey and Hatfield Polytechnic[1]. Before entering Parliament, Oaten had been a councillor and was employed as a lobbyist by various Westminster public affairs companies. He was leader of the SDP group on Watford District Council. He stood for the Watford seat at the 1992 election and polled 10,231 votes, coming third[2]. The University of Hertfordshire is a modern university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, from which the university takes its name. ... The Social Democratic Party (SDP) was a political party of the United Kingdom that existed nationwide between 1981 and 1988. ... Watford is a town and district (styled as a borough due to the historical charter granted by Henry VIII) in Hertfordshire located 15. ... Watford is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The UK general election, 1992 was held on April 9, 1992, and was the fourth victory in a row for the Conservatives. ...


Election to Parliament

He won the Winchester seat in the 1997 election with a majority of 2, but his election was later declared void by the Election Court. The defeated Conservative former MP Gerry Malone successfully challenged the election on the basis of an established precedent which voided the result where it had been affected by a decision not to count ballot papers which had not been properly stamped[2]. The UK general election, 1997 was held on 1 May 1997. ... The Conservative Party is one of the two largest political parties in the United Kingdom and the most successful party in political history based on election victories. ... Peter Gerald Malone (born 21 July 1950) is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician who was an MP 1983-1987 and 1992-1997. ...


This decision caused the 1997 Winchester by-election at which Malone fought once again to capture the seat. However, many felt that Malone had behaved as a 'poor loser' and Oaten won with a majority of 21,556, gaining 68% of the vote. He held the seat in the 2001 election, with a majority of 9,634 (with a 54.6% share of the vote), and again in 2005, although his majority dropped to 7,473 (a 50.6% share of the vote). The Member of Parliament for Winchester, Mark Oaten, (Liberal Democrat) was unseated on an electoral petition on October 6, 1997. ... Tony Blair William Hague Charles Kennedy The UK general election, 2001 was held on 7 June 2001 and was dubbed the quiet landslide by the media. ... The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on Thursday, 5 May 2005 and won by the Labour Party, led by Tony Blair. ...


Oaten's politics

Oaten was a member of the Advisory Board of the Liberal Future think tank until it was wound up in 2005 and one of the contributors to the Orange Book (2004). Within the party Oaten has been called a moderniser, in the sense that he is keen to emphasise economic liberalism and to prevent the Liberal Democrats being sidelined as a 'party of the left'. However as the party's principal home affairs spokesman, he also championed the rights of asylum seekers and civil liberties, and has claimed to want to reunite all the strands of liberalism, and not elevate one above the others. Thus Oaten's supporters would describe him as being on the libertarian wing of the Liberal Democrats, rather than the 'right' wing. Liberal Future is a British market liberal think tank dedicated to the pursuit of encouraging new thinking amongst liberals both within and without the Liberal Democrats party. ... This article is about the institution. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Orange Book - Reclaiming Liberalism (ISBN 1861977972) is a book written by a group of prominent British Liberal Democrat politicians and edited by David Laws and Paul Marshall in 2004. ...


He also popularised the term 'tough liberalism', which was widely reported as a shift towards more punitive law and order measures and stricter immigration policy. However, this seems to be a mischaracterisation of Oaten's initial meaning, which was to indicate a non-interventionist approach emphasising personal responsibility, which could be characterised as 'cruel to be kind', and to emphasise willingness to stand up to reactionary public opinion on social policy issues.


He has been a Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Learning & Skills in the Criminal Justice System since September 2005. The All Party Parliamentary Group for Learning & Skills in the Criminal Justice system was founded by Baroness Veronica Linklater and Lord David Ramsbotham in September 2005. ...


Liberal Democrat leadership contest 2006

On January 10, 2006, Oaten declared that he would be a candidate in the leadership election to replace Charles Kennedy, standing on an agenda of making liberalism relevant to the twenty first century. He was widely rumoured to be Kennedy's favoured successor, but his campaign failed to gain momentum. On January 18 he became embroiled in a row about the leaking of an email[3]. January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chris Huhne, Menzies Campbell and Simon Hughes at the London Hustings in Friends Meeting House on 23rd February The 2006 Liberal Democrats leadership election was won by Menzies Campbell. ... Rt. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On January 19, Oaten withdrew from the contest, having failed to attract enough support from within the parliamentary party; his sole backers were Lembit Opik MP and Baroness Ludford. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Lembit Öpik (born March 2, 1965) is a British politician in the Liberal Democrat Party. ... Sarah Ann Ludford, Baroness Ludford (born 14 March 1951) is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. ...


He concluded his withdrawal statement with the words "Next week I'll be giving some thought to where I go politically and giving my thoughts on the future of the Party."


Scandal and resignation

On January 21, 2006, Oaten resigned from the Liberal Democrat front bench when it was revealed by the News of the World that he had had a relationship with a 23-year-old male prostitute between summer 2004 and February 2005. The newspaper alleges that Oaten had had 'three-in-a-bed' sex with two male prostitutes, getting them to "humiliate him with a bizarre sex act too revolting to describe"[4]. Rumours that this referred to coprophilia were later confirmed by Private Eye[5]. January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In many parliaments and other similar assemblies, seating is typically arranged in banks or rows, with each political party or caucus grouped together. ... The News of the World is a British tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. ... Look up coprophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Private eye may mean: Look up Private eye on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Private Eye a fortnightly British satirical magazine-newspaper, edited by Ian Hislop (as of 2005) A private investigator, a private detective for hire (see also crime fiction and detective fiction) Private Eye, a song by Alkaline Trio...


Shortly after the scandal broke Oaten's wife of 13 years, Belinda, fled to their neighbours' house and then left the country taking their two daughters on a skiing holiday to Austria. While it was initially alleged by The Daily Mirror newspaper that she plans to divorce him[6] more recent reports on the BBC News website (as of 27th April 2006) state that their relationship is improving due to weekly counselling sessions. A poll for the Southern Daily Echo revealed 58% of 1,000 respondents believed he should resign his seat [7]. On January 29 the News of the World revealed one of the male prostitutes involved as 25 year old Tomasz (pronounced like English "Tomash"), a Polish former ballet dancer. The newspaper quotes Tomasz as saying "he was very specific about something special he wanted us to do to him. It's a gross act of humiliation which only a few punters ask for. It's quite revolting really". Alternate newspaper: The Daily Mirror (Australia) The Daily Mirror is a British tabloid daily newspaper, known for taking a left-of-centre editorial line. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker. ...


Mr. Oaten's wife Belinda was interviewed in Hello magazine in April 2006, while Oaten himself gave an explanation for his actions in an essay in The Sunday Times [1] in which he claimed a 'mid-life crisis' was partly responsible for his actions. The Sunday Times is the name of several Sunday newspapers. ...


External links

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Liberal Democrats: Who's Who.
  2. ^ a b "Ask Aristotle: Mark Oaten." The Guardian.
  3. ^ Tania Branigan, 2006. "Oaten to pull out of Lib Dem leadership race." The Guardian.
  4. ^ Marc Shoffman, 2006. "Lib Dem MP resigns over "gay" relationship" Pink News.
  5. ^ "Street of Shame", Private Eye, No. 1151, 3rd February - 16 February 2006
  6. ^ Bob Roberts, 2006. "Shamed Lib-Dem Mark Oaten 'dumped by wife'", The Mirror.
  7. ^ Tania Branigan, 2006. "Pressure on Oaten to quit as MP" The Guardian.
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