Mark Garnier

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Mark Garnier
MP
Member of Parliament
for Wyre Forest
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Richard Taylor
Majority 2,643 (5.2%)
Personal details
Born (1963-02-26) 26 February 1963 (age 51)[1]
London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Website www.markgarnier.co.uk

Mark Robert Timothy Garnier[2] (born 26 February 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre Forest, elected at the 2010 general election.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Charterhouse School

Garnier was born in London in 1963. He was educated at Charterhouse School. In 1981 he joined the London Stock Exchange as a junior clerk on the Gilts Markets. In 1986 he left to join a succession of investment banks, working in the Far East Equity markets. His occupation prior to becoming an MP was a Fund Manager. He set up his own investment company from 1999.

Political career[edit]

Garnier was a district councillor of the Forest of Dean District Council from 2003 to 2007. He stood as the Conservative candidate in the 2005 general election, and then the 2010 general election for Wyre Forest where was elected Member of Parliament. The election saw a 7.4% swing towards Garnier, giving him a majority of almost 3,000 votes. 1st. Garnier, Mark Con 18793 36.92% 7.8% 2nd. Taylor, Richard ICHC 16150 31.73% -6.9% 3rd. Knowles, Nigel Lab 7298 14.34% -8.2% 4th. Farmer, Neville LD 6040 11.87% 10.6% 5th. Wrench, Michael UKIP 1498 2.94% 0.6% [other parties did not obtain a percentage of the vote: are excluded from this chart.][5]

The bulk of Garnier's work in Parliament is focused on the constituency of Wyre Forest, including education, healthcare and economic development.[6]In the latter category, Garnier is an enthusiastic supporter of HS2. He believes that Birmingham Airport will be an increasingly significant hub for the region that will help to ease pressure on Heathrow.[7]He has also taken a centralist business approach to EU membership, choosing to eschew skepticism, but focus on the economic and trading gains to be had from trading relationships.[8]Developing the theme of deregulation Garnier perceives the right environment for business to be essential. This can be achieved for young people through vocational courses in higher education that offer practical skills to become entrepreneurial.[9]

In a speech on 19 January 2012, Mr Garnier revealed his 'true blue' credentials in criticizing a Labour MP for denying youngsters the right to learn how to shoot. In an active support of a report from the Countryside Alliance, the contrast was set between legal attitudes to the sport in town and country.[10]

In Westminster, Garnier serves on the Treasury Select Committee and raised a debate in the House on Commons on 29 November 2010 (with several other Conservative MPs) on the regulation of independent financial advisors.[11] Garnier also serves on several All Party Parliamentary Groups and is Deputy Chairman of the APPG concerning Space.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Garnier is married to Caroline, and they have three children: Edward, Jemima and George. They live in Worcestershire, near the Wyre Forest constituency.

His cousin is Sir Edward Garnier QC, MP was Solicitor General from 2010 until 2012 and has been the Member of Parliament for Harborough since 1992.

He is a governor of Kidderminster College.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Taylor
Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest
2010–present
Incumbent