Mark grew up in neighbouring Herefordshire - and has lived in Shropshire for the last 20 years. He is married to Tamuna and has one daughter and one step-daughter.
He was first elected as Member of Parliament for The Wrekin in 2005. He is currently serving his fifth term as an MP - enjoying the largest parliamentary majority in the 100 year history of The Wrekin seat. He is also the longest serving MP for The Wrekin in its history - under any boundary configuration.
After leaving school, Mark studied theology. He then gained two Master's degrees in International Diplomacy, Marketing & Management, and a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and a Diploma in Public Relations from the (Institute of Public Relations).
Before entering Parliament in 2005, Mark ran a successful marketing business - advising a range of blue-chip clients and international businesses. He continues to run his own business, which he says "keeps me rooted in the real world - not just in the Westminster bubble"
Mark's hobbies include tennis, writing on economic and foreign policy issues, and comedy. A keen footballer, Mark played "one match" for Hereford United Reserves - and still plays for the Parliamentary football team.