Marcus is the Member of Parliament for Nuneaton and the surrounding villages of Ansley, New Arley, Old Arley, Hartshill and Furnace End.
Marcus has lived in Nuneaton all of his life. He grew up in Whitestone and went to both Whitestone and Chetwynd Schools before going on to St. Thomas More School and latterly King Edwards VI College all in Nuneaton. Marcus worked for a local firm of solicitors as a Conveyancing manager for a number of years.
Marcus is married to Suzanne and they have a young son, Oliver. Marcus has a number of hobbies including football. He has played for a number of local Sunday football teams in the Nuneaton and district league. Marcus is also an avid but long suffering supporter of Coventry City and enjoys angling when he gets the time.
Marcus' win in Nuneaton overturned a notional Labour majority of 3,850 and, as a result, he became the first Conservative MP for the constituency since 1992. Marcus said he was "very delighted and extremely proud" after his victory which gave him a 2,069 vote majority.
Marcus has represented the residents of Whitestone Ward on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council since 2005. During this time Marcus was the Conservative Group Leader from 2006-2009. In 2008, Marcus became the first Conservative Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth in the Council's 34 year history. Marcus was the Council's portfolio holder for Finance and Civic Affairs during 2008-2009 before standing down from the Council to concentrate on his campaign to win the Nuneaton Parliamentary seat for the Conservatives.
Campaigning in Nuneaton
Marcus has campaigned for improved action to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and has worked to improve the scourge of litter throughout Nuneaton. Marcus has also supported the campaign for Gurkhas who served in the British Army pre-1997 and their right to settle in the UK.
Since coming to office, Marcus has worked hard for the constituency on important issues such as the future of the Nuneaton Academy, education and other public services such as health.
Marcus has also been a keen advocate of local business and town centre regeneration including the protection of the local outdoor market. He aims to continue his work for Nuneaton with "passion, enthusiasm and old-fashioned hard work". Marcus recognises the importance of Nuneaton's industrial past, whilst appreciating the strengths of the modern economy. He stresses the need to simplify the welfare benefits system, including helping people into work and prioritises helping the constituency's most deprived areas in order to help the town develop.