Mark Garnier has been the Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest since May 2010 General Election. Mark was born in London in 1963, is married to Caroline and they have two sons and a daughter. Mark went to School at Charterhouse, Surrey, before embarking on a career in the City of London in 1982. Prior to his election to Parliament in 2010, Mark had been an active campaigner in Wyre Forest since January 2004, standing for election at the 2005 General Election.
Mark was promoted in July 2016 to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade. Mark was previously the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Burma, Brunei and Thailand, served on the influential Treasury Select Committee from June 2010 – July 2016 and on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards 2012-2014; bringking a wealth of knowledge from his experience in banking and investment management. Mark also served as an officer on a number of All Party parliamentary Groups including Chairman for Heritage Rail, Co-Chair of The Economy of the West Midlands and the Vice- Chair for Space.
Mark is a Freeman of the City of London, sitting on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers. In his free time, Mark is an enthusiastic photographer as well as a keen target rifle shot.
Mark served as a councillor of the Forest of Dean District Council between 2003 and 2007, where he gained valuable experience of local government, especially with regard to budget setting and use of resources.
In 2004, Mark was selected to fight the seat of Wyre Forest and secured the largest gain in the country, with a 14% swing to Conservatives and an increase in the Conservative vote of 45%. Mark went on to fight the 2010 election, winning the seat from incumbent Dr Richard Taylor.
CAMPAIGNING IN WYRE FOREST
With extensive experience in business and finance, Mark is championing the cause of the local economy and business in Wyre Forest. Mark has been involved in a number of campaigns, including Fairer Fuel Prices within Wyre Forest, fighting the Labour government's plans to shut Kidderminster's driving test centre and importance of regional airports. But it is the plight of business and commerce that drives Mark’s local agenda and he is actively involved with the local business community, seeking ways to improve the local economy.
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