David Mowat

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David Mowat
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Care and Support
In office
14 July 2016 – 9 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAlistair Burt (as Minister of State)
Member of Parliament
for Warrington South
In office
6 May 2010 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byHelen Southworth
Succeeded byFaisal Rashid
Personal details
Born (1957-02-20) 20 February 1957 (age 63)
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Nicky Mowat
Alma materImperial College London
ProfessionChartered accountant

David John Mowat[1] (born 20 February 1957)[2] is a former Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Warrington South, and was first elected at the 2010 general election.[3][4] He was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health in July 2016.[5] He lost the seat to Labour at the 2017 election.

Early life[edit]

Mowat attended Lawrence Sheriff School[4] and at one point was in the same class as Rugby MP Mark Pawsey.[6] He then went on to study engineering at Imperial College London.[4]

Career before Parliament[edit]

After graduating, Mowat qualified as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently joined the consultancy firm Accenture[4] where he eventually became a Global Managing Partner responsible for a business with a turnover of over £500m.[7]

Prior to his election to Parliament, Mowat served as the Chairman of Fairbridge, a charitable organisation in Salford which helps to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people.[8] Mowat also served as a Councillor on Macclesfield Borough Council from 2007 to 2008.[4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Mowat served as a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee from 2010 to 2012 and also served on the Joint Committee scrutinising the draft Financial Services Bill.[9][10] He was a trustee of the House of Commons Pension Fund and served on the Board of the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology, the non-partisan advisory body on Science & Technology policy within Parliament.[11]

He was also a member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups including Autism, Financial Education for Young People, Chess, Nuclear and Rail in the North. He was vice-chairman President of the Rugby League[12] and Nuclear Power Groups.[13] He was also co-chair of the All-Party Group on Rebalancing the British Economy and became Chair of the UK Aluminium Industry APPG in 2013.

On 10 September 2012 Mowat was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Clark and followed Clark to the Cabinet Office following a reshuffle in 2014.[9] Mowat stepped down from the role in 2015.

Mowat was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[14]

Following the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister in July 2016, Mowat was appointed to the Department of Health as a Parliamentary Undersecretary of State.

Election to Parliament[edit]

Mowat was elected to Parliament for the Warrington South Constituency on 6 May 2010 during the 2010 General Election with a majority of 1,553 over the Labour candidate after incumbent Labour MP Helen Southworth decided to step down.[3] He was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority after adding 6,287 votes compared to 2010 – the highest such increase in any seat apart from Thirsk & Malton.[15] He failed to get elected for a third time in the 2017 United Kingdom general election, losing out to Labour's Faisal Rashid.

General election 2015: Warrington South[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mowat 25,928 43.7 +7.9
Labour Nick Bent 23,178 39.1 +6.1
UKIP Mal Lingley 4,909 8.3 +5.3
Liberal Democrats Bob Barr 3,335 5.6 -21.9
Green Stephanie Davies 1,765 3.0 +2.2
TUSC Kevin Bennett 238 0.4 +0.4
Majority 2,750 4.6 +1.8
Turnout 59,353 69.4 +1.2
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: Warrington South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mowat 19,641 35.8 +3.7
Labour Nick Bent 18,088 33.0 −8.3
Liberal Democrats Jo Crotty 15,094 27.5 +3.5
UKIP Derek Ashington 1,624 3.0 +1.2
Green Stephanie Davies 427 0.8 +0.8
Majority 1,553 2.8
Turnout 54,874 68.2 +6.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.0


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8745.
  2. ^ "David Mowat MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b Warrington South, BBC Election 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e 'MOWAT, David John', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 1 Jan 2013
  5. ^ Government Appointments, Gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-18-07.
  6. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (20 January 2011). "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 20 Jan 2011 (pt 0003)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "The Conservative Party | People | Members of Parliament | David Mowat MP". Conservatives.com. 19 July 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Mowat, David". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b David Mowat Archived 4 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine, www.parliament.org. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Draft Financial Services Bill – UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  11. ^ "POST Board – UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  12. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 27 July 2012: Rugby League". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  13. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 27 July 2012: Nuclear Energy". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  14. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  15. ^ Warrington South, BBC Election 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Warrington South". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Helen Southworth
Member of Parliament for Warrington South
Succeeded by
Faisal Rashid