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. Subsequently re-elected in 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017. Mark has increased his majority from 5,000 (2001) to 19,000 (2017).

  • Was Minister of State for Business & Enterprise 2010-2012 and then Minister of State for Housing 2012-2013, member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee (2015-).

  • 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's record as an MP is of concerted action for our community. In recent years he has:

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

  • Helped local campaign to stop Bengeo Quarry, Hertford

  • 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 in Bishop's Stortford, Ware and Hertford

  • Sponsored the Homelessness Reduction Act

  • 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

  • Organised workshops for local small firms on exports and on pension auto-enrolment