Mark was first elected as the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in 2001. He has now been returned four times to represent the seat.
Mark takes a special interest in economic matters, foreign trade and international development. In the last Parliament Mark was the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Venture Capital and Private Equity. He was also the Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Bangladesh and Football.
In September 2010 Mark was appointed by then Prime Minister David Cameron to the prestigious Intelligence and Security Committee. He was the youngest MP serving on the Committee which oversees and scrutinises the work of Britain’s intelligence services. Mark was made a Privy Counsellor in March 2015 in recognition of his service on the Committee.
After the 2015 General Election, Mark was asked by the Prime Minister to become Vice Chairman (International) of the Conservative Party. In this role he led the Party’s outreach work in the UK and acted as Chairman of its International Office, which builds alliances with centre-right sister parties abroad, primarily through our memberships of the International Democratic Union and Alliance of European Conservatives & Reformists and by working with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to promote good governance in developing nations.
Mark was re-elected at the General Election on Thursday 8th June 2017. Following the election Mark was appointed as Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by then Prime Minister Theresa May.
A prominent supporter of the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union during the 2016 referendum and of Jeremy Hunt’s leadership bid in the 2019 contest, Mark left office and returned to the back benches when Boris Johnson’s premiership began at the end of July.