Mark Francois

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Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford

Mark Francois has been the Conservative Party MP for Rayleigh and Wickford since 2010. In the 2015 election, Francois successfully defended his seat, gaining a majority of 17,230 and 55% of the vote.

He was the MP for Rayleigh from 2001 to 2010.

He was appointed a minister of state at the Ministry of Defence in 2012.[1] In May 2015, Francois was appointed minister of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government. [2]

Mark Francois is also the (half-)brother of Brian Francois, the chairman of the Friends of the Metropolitan Police Heritage Charity (FOMPHC). Brian served for 30 years in the Metropolitan Police, and led Operation Hatton monitoring the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) until his retirement in 1997.[3]


  1. Rt Hon Mr Mark Francois,, accessed 24 August 2013.
  2. Mark Francois given role in Communities and Local Govt ITV News, 11 May 2015, accessed 12 May 2015
  3. The Metropolitan Police, Hearings in the Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse, Operation "Winter Key], 20 December 2016 and Untitled report of hearing, signed by DC Kathleen Drummond, 15 March 2017. Also see, research by @ciabaudo presented in a Twitter thread, April 2019 (accessed July 2019).