|The Rt Hon. Mark Oaten|
4 September 1999 – 21 January 2006
|Succeeded by||Nick Clegg|
|Born||March 8, 1964 |
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
Mark Oaten (born 8 March 1964, Watford) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom, and Member of Parliament for the Winchester constituency. The Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, is the minister in charge of the United Kingdom Home Office Events 476 - Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Charles Peter Kennedy (born 25 November 1959 is a British politician. Nicholas William Peter Clegg (born 7 January 1967 known as Nick Clegg, is Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Watford (ˈwɒtfəd) is a town and district in Hertfordshire, England, situated 19 miles (30 km northwest of London The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a Parliament. Winchester is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Oaten served as the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, 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. Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. A gigolo, hustler or male prostitute is a male who engages in the sale of their sexual services by Prostitution. The News of the World is a British Tabloid Newspaper published every Sunday A tabloid is a Newspaper industry term which refers to a smaller newspaper format per spread to a weekly or semi-weekly alternative newspaper that focuses on local-interest Oaten has confirmed he will not be standing for re-election at the next general election. A general election is an Election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election 
Oaten was educated at Queens' School, Bushey and Hatfield Polytechnic. Queens' School, near Watford, is a state funded secondary school currently designated a Specialist Sports and Science College taking students aged 11 Year 7 through For other meanings see Bushi and similar. Bushey (population 24000 is a Town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire The University of Hertfordshire is a modern university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, England, from which the university  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 Borough Council. This is about the UK Social Democratic Party which existed between 1981 and 1988 Watford (ˈwɒtfəd) is a town and district in Hertfordshire, England, situated 19 miles (30 km northwest of London He stood for the Watford seat at the 1992 election and polled 10,231 votes, coming third. Watford is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Results |} The turnout was 33514074 from an Electorate of 43275316 voting in a total of 651 seats 
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. Results The election was fought under new boundaries with a net increase of eight seats compared to the 1992 election 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. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Peter Gerald Malone, known as Gerry Malone, (born 21 July 1950) is a British Conservative politician who was an MP 1983-1987 
This decision caused the 1997 Winchester by-election at which Malone fought once again to capture the seat. The Member of Parliament for Winchester, Hampshire, England, Mark Oaten, ( Liberal Democrat) was unseated on an electoral 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. Results |} Total votes cast 26368204 All parties with more than 500 votes shown 6% share of the vote), and again in 2005, although his majority dropped to 7,473 (a 50. Results Overview For events leading up to the date of the election see article Pre-election day events of the United Kingdom general 6% share of the vote).
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). Liberal Future was a British market liberal Think tank dedicated to the pursuit of encouraging new thinking amongst liberals both within and without the A think tank (also called a policy institute) is an organization institute corporation or group that conducts Research and engages in advocacy in areas such Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Orange Book Reclaiming Liberalism (ISBN 1-86197-797-2 is a book written by a group of prominent British Liberal Democrat politicians and edited 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.
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 a committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
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. Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. In the 2006 Liberal Democrats leadership election, Sir Menzies Campbell was elected to succeed Charles Kennedy as Leader of the Liberal Democrats, the third-largest Charles Peter Kennedy (born 25 November 1959 is a British politician. 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. Events 350 - Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor 
On January 19, Oaten withdrew from the contest, having failed to attract enough support from within the parliamentary party; his sole backers were Lembit Öpik MP and Sarah Ludford, Baroness Ludford, peer & MEP. Events 1419 - Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy. Lembit Öpik (ˈlempit ˈøpˑik in Estonian (born 2 March 1965) is a British Politician of Estonian descent Sarah Ann Ludford Baroness Ludford (born 14 March 1951) is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and Member of the European Parliament
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. "
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. Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was 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 The newspaper alleges that Oaten had had 'three-in-a-bed' sex with two male prostitutes. . Rumours of coprophilia were reported in Private Eye and an opinion piece in the The Daily Telegraph. Coprophilia (from Greek κόπρος kópros - excrement and φιλία filía - liking fondness) also called scat, is the Paraphilia Private Eye is a fortnightly British satirical Magazine, edited by Ian Hislop. For "The Daily Telegraph" in Australia see The Daily Telegraph (Australia. 
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. Austria (Österreich ( officially the Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich While it was initially alleged by The Daily Mirror newspaper that she plans to divorce him more recent reports on the BBC News website (as of 27th April 2006) state that their relationship is improving due to weekly counselling sessions. The Daily Mirror, often referred to simply as The Mirror, is a British Tabloid daily Newspaper founded in 1903 A poll for the Southern Daily Echo revealed 58% of 1,000 respondents believed he should resign his seat.  On January 29, the News of the World revealed that one of the male prostitutes involved was 25-year-old Tomasz (pronounced like English "Tomash"), a Polish former ballet dancer. Events 904 - Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed Antipope Christopher. The Polish people, or Poles, (Polacy) are a Western Slavic Ethnic group of Central Europe, living predominantly in Poland. Ballet is a formalized form of Dance with its origins in the French court further developed in France and Russia as a Concert dance 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. " 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 in which he claimed a "mid-life crisis" and the stress of going bald were partly responsible for his actions. The Sunday Times is a Sunday Broadsheet Newspaper distributed in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Midlife crisis is a term used in Western societies to describe a period of dramatic self-doubt that is felt by some individuals in the "middle years" of life as a Baldness involves the state of lacking hair where it often grows especially on the head
Oaten has been reported as saying he will stand down from Parliament before the next General Election.
Mark Oaten has professed a desire to either write a book or work in the field of international development following his departure from the House of Commons.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Winchester|
1997 – present