Local farmer and businessman. Formerly District and County Councillor within the constituency. Hard-working MP for Sherwood since 2010. Mark was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sherwood which covers the village of Calverton.
Born in 1970 he attended Lambley Primary School and Colonel Frank Seely School in the village. He then qualified at Shuttleworth Agricultural College in Bedfordshire, before joining the family farm business. A former dairy farm, the business has developed a retail arm and now employes around 50 local people.
He and his family have lived in the Sherwood Constituency for four generations, at Lambley, on the urban fringe of the City of Nottingham. Born in 1970 Mark attended Lambley Primary School and Col Frank Seely School in Calverton. He then qualified at Shuttleworth Agricultural College in Bedfordshire, before joining the family farm business. A former dairy farm, the business has developed and now employees around 50 local people, growing potatoes, vegetables and producing free range eggs, beef and lamb which are sold at Spring Lane Farm Shop. Mark has always actively supported the local and wider community and Mark is a past Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
Mark's history in the constituency:
In 2001 Mark fought his first Nottinghamshire County Council seat for Hucknall and in 2003 he won a seat on Gedling District Council representing Ravenshead and he retained this seat in 2007. In 2005 Mark took the Nottinghamshire County Council seat of Calverton for the Conservatives and in 2009 retained his seat with an increased majority. In 2006 Mark was appointed Shadow Spokesman for Community Safety & Partnership for Nottinghamshire County Council and he currently represents the electorate on the four Parish Councils; Ravenshead, Calverton, Woodborough and Lambley. In 2010 Mark was elected as Member of Parliament for Sherwood, in this capacity he sits on the Government’s ‘Green Watchdog’, the Environmental Audit Select Committee.
Mark was a Trustee of The Royal Agricultural Society of England and for a number of years was the Honorary Show Director of The Royal Show. Mark is a past vice Chairman of School Governors of Woodborough Woods Foundation School, where he was chairman of the Disciplinary Committee. As Chairman of the Lambley Playground Fund he helped raise over a £100,000 to provide new play equipment in the village and Mark is also Trustee of the Core Centre Calverton, an Adult Education Centre.
Mark's work in Westminster:
Mark’s focus is on energy security, agriculture and business. Thanks to being on the Government’s Green Watchdog he spends a lot of time working on environmental issues, especially energy since he is passionate about ensuring Britain’s future energy security.
Coming from a farming background, Mark also focuses on agriculture and rural communities and he is particularly committed to ensuring that British food production is recognised and promoted as world class. In addition he works with the Coalfield Communities All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to help restore the economies of former coalfield areas.
Mark has also campaigned for improved road safety on the A614 and was named the Brake Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year 2011, and boosting the wider economy of the East Midlands.
More recently he's raised a vast number of constituency issues in the House, including housing issues around Hucknall, the Bilsthorpe Incinerator and the plight of Thoresby Colliery.
Calverton Horticultural Show
ASDA 125 pound raised for Breast Cancer
Tesco School vouchers 2011
Tesco School vouchers 2011
Mine car for Calverton 2011
Mine car for Calverton 2011
Carl Froch opens new landscape area.
Constituents are able to visit Mark in person at one of his MP's surgeries. These are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Hucknall during the morning and also the 4th Friday of the month at Ollerton during the afternoon. Please telephone the Constituency Office to make an appointment. Mark will often contact you by telephone prior to your surgery appointment to get some preliminary information from you. It may also be helpful, or even essential, that you take certain steps before Mark can intervene on your behalf. If this is the case, Mark or one of his staff will be able to advise you about what steps you need to take.
Please note that there are over 80,000 people living in the Sherwood Constituency and there can, therefore, be long waiting lists for surgery appointments. If you have an urgent matter, please talk with Mark's staff about other ways of dealing with your concerns more quickly. It may be sensible for you to start by writing to Mark, or by making an appointment to see one of his staff as a preliminary step.
The Dukeries Surgery Ollerton
The Dukeries College, Whinney Lane,
New Ollerton, Newark,
Under One Roof,
NG15 7HN Hucknall, United Kingdom
Phone: 0115-968 1186 or 020 7219 3000
Address: Room 3, Under One Roof, Vine Terrace NG15 7HN Hucknall, United Kingdom
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