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 21,000 (2015).

  • 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 (2015-2017).

  • 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

  • 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 Bill

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

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

 

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