About Mark

Background

Mark grew up in Herefordshire and has lived in Shropshire for the last 15 years.  He is married to Tamuna and has a step-daughter, Elene.

He was first elected as Member of Parliament for The Wrekin in 2005.

After leaving school, Mark studied theology as an undergraduate.  He also holds Master's degrees in International Diplomacy and in Marketing & Management, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Diploma in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations.

Before entering Parliament in 2005, Mark for a leading marketing agency and then set up his own marketing communications business advising a range of international companies.

Mark's hobbies include tennis, writing on economic and foreign policy issues, and comedy and satire.  A keen footballer, Mark used to play for Hereford United Reserves and still plays for the Parliamentary football team.

Parliamentary Committees and Groups

  • 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 - 2017: 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 - 2019: Appointed to serve on the Chairman's Panel of the House of Commons, which chairs and oversees Parliamentary Debates

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Mark has served as Chairman or Vice Chairman of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Aviation, Cyber security, ASEAN, Abolition of the Death Penalty, Lithuania, Latin America, Media and Tennis.

Activity in Parliament

Mark mostly speaks and asks questions on foreign policy, defence matters, counter- terrorism, pro-life and on animal welfare issues.

Since being elected as Member of Parliament for The Wrekin, Mark has introduced four major animal welfare bills and motions in the House of Commons:

  • 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)

Mark is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme through which he was attached to the British Army for three years.  He has visited Iraq and Afghanistan with British troops.