Mark Garnier has been the Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest since May 2010 General Election. Prior to his election to Parliament in 2010, Mark had been an active campaigner in Wyre Forest since January 2004, standing for election at the 2005 General Election and secured the largest gain in the country, with a 14% swing to Conservatives and an increase in the Conservative vote of 45%.
In 2020 Mark received a historical win in Wyre Forest receiving the largest vote share for a Member of Parliament in the history of the constituency.
CAMPAIGNING IN WYRE FOREST
With extensive experience in business and finance, Mark is championing the cause of the local economy and business in Wyre Forest. Mark has been involved in a number of campaigns, including Fairer Fuel Prices within Wyre Forest, fighting the Labour government's plans to shut Kidderminster's driving test centre and importance of regional airports. Mark is currently supporting the residents in Cookley and Wolverley against a planning application on the Lea Castle Farm site.
It is the plight of business and commerce that drives Mark’s local agenda and he is actively involved with the local business community, seeking ways to improve the local economy. He regularly holds Jobs Fairs to link those looking for job opportunities with companies seeking employees.
WORK IN WESTMINSTER
Mark was promoted in July 2016 to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade, until the 2018 reshuffle. Mark was previously the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Burma, Brunei and Thailand, served on the influential Treasury Select Committee from June 2010 – July 2016 and on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards 2012-2014; bringing a wealth of knowledge from his experience in banking and investment management. Mark also served as an officer on a number of All Party parliamentary Groups including Chairman for Heritage Rail, Co-Chair of The Economy of the West Midlands and the Vice- Chair for Space. Mark has also campaigned for stronger legislation on scrap metal trade, financial education within schools, greater on-line protection for children.
From February 2020 Mark is a Member of the International Trade Select Committee
Mark was born in London in 1963, is married to Caroline and they have two sons and a daughter.