Mark Hendrick

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Mark Hendrick
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Member of Parliament
for Preston
Assumed office
24 November 2000
Preceded by Audrey Wise
Majority 7,733 (27.6%)
Personal details
Born (1958-11-02) 2 November 1958 (age 56)
Salford, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater Liverpool John Moores University, Victoria University of Manchester

Mark Phillip Hendrick (born 2 November 1958) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Preston since winning a by-election in 2000.


Hendrick, who is half Somali,[1] was born in Salford, Lancashire. He was educated at Salford Grammar School and Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University), where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He later attended the University of Manchester, where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Hendrick trained as a student engineer with the Ministry of Defence in 1979 at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, Worcs. He later studied German at a Volkshochschule Hanau in Germany in 1981, where he trained as a student engineer with AEG Telefunken. He was appointed as an Higher Professional and Technology engineer with the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Daresbury Laboratory from 1982 and stayed with the SERC for six years. In 1990 he joined Stockport College of Further and Higher Education where he worked as a Lecturer in Digital Electronics and Software Design. He was later awarded the University of Manchester Certificate in Education in 1992. He taught in Stockport until his election to the European Parliament in June 1994

Political career[edit]

He was the secretary of the Salford Co-operative Party from 1984 to 1994, and was elected a councillor to the City of Salford Council in 1987 and served for eight years. Chairman of the Eccles Constituency Labour Party from 1990 to 1994, he was elected at the 1994 European Parliament Election for the Central Lancashire seat. He served for five years until he was unsuccessful at the 1999 European Parliament Election, which was run on a regional PR list system. He was elected to the House of Commons at the Preston by-election, 2000 which was caused by the death of the sitting Labour MP Audrey Wise. He won the seat with a majority of 4,426 and he made his maiden speech on 11 December 2000.[2] He was re-elected at the 2001 general election, the 2005 general election and the 2010 general election.

In Parliament he was a member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee for three years from 2001 and has served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2003-2006 and Foreign Secretary 2006-2007 Margaret Beckett and Lord High Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 2007-2008 Jack Straw.

Mark Hendrick served at the Foreign Office as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ivan Lewis, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2009 to 2010. Mr Hendrick also served on the International Development Committee from 2009 to 2010. He was appointed to the front bench by Labour Leader Ed Miliband as a whip in November 2010 to the summer of 2012, with attachment to the shadow International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial teams. Mr Hendrick now serves as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

Mark Hendrick was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG) from 2010 to 2012 and is currently a Deputy Chair. His political interests include: Foreign Affairs, International Development, Defence, Economic, Monetary and Industrial Affairs and Europe.

Hendrick lives in Preston, speaks German and French and supports Manchester City and Preston North End. In 2002 he successfully campaigned for and achieved free access for the public to the National Football Museum in Preston. Mark Hendrick campaigned for City Status for Preston, which was successful and awarded to Preston in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Awards in 2002.[3]


  • Changing States by Mark Hendrick, 1995
  • The Euro and Co-operative Enterprise by Mark Hendrick, 1998


  1. ^ Former MEP wins Labour poll nomination
  2. ^ [text/01211-25.htm#01211-25_spnew0] |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 11 Dec 2000. col. 414. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Football museum funding refused". BBC News. 11 December 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Audrey Wise
Member of Parliament for Preston