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 with his share of the vote rising on each occasion at a time when the overall constituency electorate has declined.
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 the Prime Minister 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.
Following the 2015 General Election, Mark was asked by the Prime Minister to become Vice Chairman (International) of the Conservative Party. In this role he leads the Party’s outreach work in the UK and acts as Chairman of its International Office, which builds alliances with centre-right sister parties abroad, primarily through our memberships of the International Democratic Union (IDU) and Alliance of European Conservatives & Reformists (AECR) and works with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to promote good governance in developing nations.
After retaining his seat for the fourth time at the 2017 General Election, Mark was appointed as Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by the Prime Minister.