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Meet Mark Oaten

Mark Oaten, International Fur Federation

Mark Oaten is CEO of the International Fur Federation. Oaten joined the IFF in 2011 with a remit to represent national fur trade associations and organisations from across 40 countries.

Prior to this he was a Member of Parliament in the UK for 13 years and served for 4 years as the UK member of the Council of Europe. During his time in Parliament he was Liberal Democrat Party Chairman and the Shadow Home Secretary. He served on a number of boards including the British Healthcare Trade Association, Alcohol Concern, Mental Health Matters, the prison Charity Unlock, the Council for Administration and a Director of the Charity Finance Directors Group. Prior to his time at Westminster he was Managing Director of one of the UK top lobby consultancy firms.

He lectured at Wroxton College in Oxford and was a regular broadcaster for Sky and BBC TV.

Following his retirement from active politics, Oaten published two books, one on the history of coalition governments Coalition and the other a memoir entitled Screwing Up: How One MP Survived Politics, Scandal and Turning 40.

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‘Coach statement to support sustainability by going fur free is ridiculous.   How can dropping a totally natural product like fur be sustainable? They either don’t understand what sustainability means or are really just panicked by a minority of animal rights campaigners. Even though Fur makes up only 1 percent of coach operations, soon they will have to ban leather and wool and cotton.  The animal rights agenda will not stop until coach is totally based on vegan products.’


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