Mark is currently in his third term of Parliament having been re-elected in May 2015 with the largest majority in the history of The Wrekin parliamentary seat. He was first elected in 2005.
He represents a semi-rural seat with agriculture, tourism and military bases, RAF and Army, being large employers in his constituency. The Wrekin is also the home of Harper Adams University the only Agricultural University in the United Kingdom, which is a global leader in agro-sciences and the industries of the rural economy. Mark grew up in neighbouring Herefordshire but has lived in Shropshire for the last fourteen years.
Mark originally studied theology, which included ancient Middle Eastern history and the study of world religions, such as Islam and Judaism. He holds two Masters Degrees. Master of Arts in international Diplomacy (Buckingham) and a Master of Arts in Marketing & Management. Before entering Parliament in 2005 he ran his own marketing communications consultancy advising a range of international companies and blue-chip clients. Prior to establishing his own company Mark worked for a leading London marketing communications agency and also worked in an in-house role advising some of the UK's top companies on their marketing communications strategies.
Mark also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing for the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Diploma in Public Relations form the Institute of Public Relations. He is a member of both professional bodies.
Mark runs, plays tennis, squash and writes comedy and reads books on international relations in his spare time.
2005-2010 - Appointed by the Foreign Secretary to represent the United Kingdom on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
2010-2015 - Appointed by the Prime Minister to the United Kingdom's Joint national Security Strategy Committee (JNSSC)
2015 - current. Appointed by the Prime Minister to serve on the Joint Human Rights Committee.
2005-2011 - Served on Department for International Development , Environmental Audit Select Committee, Department of Work & Pensions, Wales, Transport Select Committees.
2012-current. Appointed by Mr Speaker to serve on the Chairman's Panel of the House of Commons, which chairs and oversees Bills and Debates.
Mark also Chairs and Vice Chairs several Parliamentary groups Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Aviation Chairman ASEAN Parliamentary Group Joint Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Lithuania Vice Chairman of the All Party Latin American Parliamentary Group Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group
Mark is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) where he was attached to the British Army for three years. He has visited Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2009).
According to Hansard, the Official Record of Parliament, Mark mostly speaks and asks questions on foreign policy, defence matters, counter- terrorism, pro-life and on animal welfare issues.
Mark has introduced three animal welfare Bills during his time in Parliament and moved key amendments to Bills and introduced Motions:
Sale of Endangered Animals on the Internet Bill
The Sale of Primates as Pets (Prohibition) Bill
The Protection of Common Birds Bill
The Ending of Wild Animals in Circuses (Motion)
Conservative Party Roles/Appointments
2010-2012 - Secretary of the 1922 Committee (Elected by all Conservative MPs).
2011-2013 - Appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party's International Office