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About Mark Pritchard, MP

Mark grew up, for a large part of his childhood, in the neighbouring County of Herefordshire. He now has a home in The Wrekin constituency – and has lived and worked in the Parliamentary seat since 2002. Mark was educated in Hereford, Surrey, and London. Mark originally studied theology in Regents Theological College, but then went on to study at London Guildhall University and Buckingham University. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Diplomacy and also a Master’s of Arts Degree in Marketing Management. He also hold two post-graduate diplomas.

Before entering Parliament – Mark was a Company Director of a marketing communications company – advising a wide range of blue-chip companies - in the United Kingdom and in Europe.

He has been very active in Parliament since being elected in May 2005. He has been outspoken on a wide range of local, regional, national, and international issues.

Locally, Mark has been very active trying to stop cuts to local hospital services at the Princess Royal Hospital. He presented a massive Parliamentary Petition to Parliament (October 2009) with over 16,000 signatures. He has also attracted 4,000 people (and growing) to his ‘Save The PRH’ hospital campaign - on the social networking site: Facebook. He also continues to lead the charge in trying to safeguard local defence jobs – at both RAF Cosford and MOD Donnington. Mark has also not been afraid to speak out on other issues such as: British sovereignty, Sharia Law, protecting British customs, traditions, and values; the aged and the frail, and human rights, and freedom of speech and conscience issues. He is a founding member of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission.

Mark has also been a champion of animal welfare issues. Being nominated as Parliamentarian of the Year (2009) for Animal Welfare. He has introduced three private Bills on animal welfare issues.

He is also active in debates, Parliamentary Motions and Questions, on defence, foreign affairs, counter-terrorism issues, health and Home Office issues. His work rate and output on these and other local and national issues can be located at: www.markpritchard.com.

He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) – having spent time attached to the British Army as part of his annual commitment to the scheme. He is currently attached to the Royal Navy.

His hobbies include walking in Shropshire, running, reading, and writing comedy – and writing socio-political commentaries.

 

Summary

  • Member of the UK Joint National Security Strategy Committee.
  • He has represented The Wrekin (Shropshire) since 2005.
  • He is a former member of the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
  • Member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs and recently chaired The Modern Slavery Bill.
  • Served on a number of Select Committees, most recently as a member of the International Development Committee, Work & Pensions, Environmental Audit, Welsh etc.
  • He is a Member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA).
  • He has moved three animal welfare Bills in the UK Parliament.
  • Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Foreign Affairs and Defence Parliamentary Committee.
  • Founding Chairman of the Parliamentary Group on Cyber-Security.
  • He is an elected member of the British-American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) Executive Committee.
  • Post-graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS-Army). He has visited both Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Treasurer of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Group.
  • Secretary of the Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security.
  • He is also Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for the ASEAN region.
  • He is a Global Board Member of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). *Where he is Chairman of the International Law & Human Rights Programme.
  • He is a Founding Member Board Member of the Conservative Party Human Right’s Commission.
  • Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

 

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