Ministerial Duties

Mark was a Conservative Party whip between November 2006 until July 2007 and as a Shadow Minister for DfID until the 2010 General Election.

Shortly after his re-election in 2010, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for International Development. In September 2012 he became a Government Minister when he was made a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury.

In May 2015, following his re-election, Mark was appointed Minister for Defence Veterans and Personnel. In June 2016 he had the Reserves added to his portfolio. Responsibilities currently include the Armed Forces Covenant, Service and civilian personnel, reserves, cadets, veterans, Service families and Defence Infrastructure.

Following the General Election in June 2017, Mark was appointed to Minister of State for Armed Forces.

 

 

News

On Exercise with USS George H.W Bush

With the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth due to arrive in her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on the 18th Aug, it was a huge honour to visit this week the USS George H.W. Bush on exercise off the coast of Scotland.

Veterans' Gateway

The recently launched Veterans' Gateway is a a one stop website for veterans and their families offering advice and support with healthcare & housing to employment, finances, relationships & more.

New Appointment at MOD

Whilst my priority is and always will be Milton Keynes, it has been an enormous honour to have been appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces, effectively the Deputy Secretary of State, which gives me the responsibility of our Armed Forces and Operations at home and abroad.

Ghurka's Longstanding Alliance with UK

A particularly proud moment for me as a former Gurkha officer, was to represent the government this week at the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the UK.

Changes for Service Personnel

I am delighted to have announced in parliament this week that the Armed Forces Covenant has made progress with broadband providers for service personnel.

Go to my Facebook page to view the announcement.

QPR Lead the Way

QPR FC have joined a growing number of professional football clubs to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

I had the honour of signing as Defence Minister and they're the first London club to sign and hopefully others will follow their lead.

MK Council Sign Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who are serving or have served giving them an assurance that they will be treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.