Previous Parliamentary Experience
Mark was initially promoted to the Conservative Party frontbench in June 2003 and served as an Opposition Whip until March 2004.
In November 2003 he was appointed Shadow Minister for London, where his role included liaising with Greater London Assembly Conservative members and parliamentary candidates in the Capital where Conservatives achieved the largest regional swing and secured eight MPs in seats previously held by Labour.
Between May and December 2005 Mark was the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury. During a busy time in that position he served in the Finance Act (No. 2) 2005 and as the main Opposition spokesman on the Floor of the House and in committee on the Registration of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Bill 2005 and National Insurance Contributions Bill 2005.
In the eleven months to November 2006 Mark was the Shadow Minister for Culture and the Arts. During his tenure he led for the Opposition on the National Lottery Act 2006 and promoted the policy of safeguarding lottery funds for the four original causes of the arts, heritage, charities and sport. He also led debates and strong opposition to the lack of leadership and vision in Britain’s declining public library service. His other responsibilities included the Arts, Heritage, Architecture and Design, Museums and Galleries, the Royal Parks, Regional Policy and Local Government as well as aspects of broadcasting.
He also broadcasts regularly and appears frequently on the Parliamentary Panel of BBC Radio 4’s weekly ‘Westminster Hour’ and Sky News. Since late 2008 he has been a permanent panel member on the monthly ITV political programme, ‘Late Debate’ and also regularly appears on BBC Two’s ‘Daily Politics’.