About Mark

  • Lives in Much Hadham with his wife Lesley.

  • A Chartered Surveyor, Mark ran his own business for 10 years before going into politics.

  • Was first elected as MP for Hertford & Stortford in 2001. Mark has increased his majority from 5,000 (2001) to 20,000 (2015).

  • Was Minister of State for Business & Enterprise 2010-2012 and then Minister of State for Housing 2012-2013 and now sits on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

  • Has been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Investment Envoy to the Nordic & Baltic nations (2014-) and Brazil (2016-)

  • Is a keen walker, choral singer and regularly attends St. Andrew’s Church, Much Hadham. He and his wife are keen rugby fans, and enjoy theatre and cinema.

  • Mark personally supports a number of charities and local causes including in musical education, the hospice movement and the arts.

 

Mark is a hard working MP with a record of action. In recent years he has:

  • Secured £4m for the installation of superfast broadband across Hertfordshire

  • Won online compensation for rail commuters; and lobbied for new rolling stock on the Hertford Loop

  • Led a cross-party campaign for new rolling stock and track infrastructure on West Anglia Route

  • Worked with local GPs and NHS to improve overstretched GP services

  • Led a mentoring campaign for local students to help older people get online.

  • Campaigned against a second runway at Stansted Airport.

  •  Helped save Hertford Post Office from closure; and three others sub post offices, including in Bishop's Stortford

  • Campaigned against Labour’s regional housing plan for East Herts.

Expenses

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, commonly known as IPSA, was created by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 and was tasked with bringing independent oversight and control over MPs’ expenses. IPSA put in place new rules which are a clean break from the past and operates transparently by regularly publishing details of MPs’ expense claims.

The cost of running both a Westminster and Constituency office is funded by IPSA and the typical costs include financing staff, room bookings for meetings and regular surgeries along with general administration, equipment and travel.

 

 

General information about IPSA and MP’s expenses can be found via the following website link - http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx

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Details of all of my expense claims are published on a regular basis and can be found here via the following link - http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/MPAndConstituencyData.aspx?conId=CE0773F5-710C-4CE2-8DAF-80D3B754BE54