|Hoban in 2013|
|Minister of State for Employment|
4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Chris Grayling|
|Succeeded by||Esther McVey|
|Financial Secretary to the Treasury|
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Stephen Timms|
|Succeeded by||Dr. Greg Clark|
|Member of Parliament
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Peter Lloyd|
31 March 1964 |
Peterlee, County Durham, England
|Spouse(s)||Fiona Jane Barrett|
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
Hoban was born in Peterlee and was educated at Durham's St Leonard's Catholic Comprehensive School and the London School of Economics where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1985.
Hoban joined the Conservative Party in 1980, and in 1989 was elected as the treasurer of the Southampton Itchen Conservative Association and served until he was elected as the Association's vice chairman for two years in 1991.
Hoban held the seat with a majority of 7,009 and has remained the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 2001, in which he recalled one of his Fareham predecessors, Arthur Lee, who had donated the Prime Minister's country house Chequers to the nation in 1921.
In parliament he served as a member of the science and technology select committee for two years from 2001. He was made an Opposition Whip by Iain Duncan Smith in 2002, joining the frontbench under the leadership of Michael Howard in 2003 as a spokesman on education. Following the election of David Cameron as the party's leader in 2005, Hoban became Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
After the May 2010 General Election, Hoban took his shadow portfolio into Government when he was appointed Financial Secretary in George Osborne's Treasury team. His responsibilities include financial services policy including banking and financial services reform and regulation, financial stability, city competitiveness, wholesale and retail markets in the UK, Europe and internationally and the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Responsibility for UK Financial Investments (UKFI) and personal savings and pensions policy. He supports the Chancellor on EU and wider international finance issues.
He was also chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Business, Finance and Accountancy, now succeeded by Ian Wright MP.
It was reported in the Independent in December 2011 that Hoban had been involved in meetings with bankers lobbying to avoid proposals in the Vickers Report that were intended to reduce risks in the banking industry. The talks were alleged to be secret, but were obtained via a Freedom of Information request.
In September 2012 Hoban was moved from the Treasury to the Department of Work and Pensions. The Work Capability Assessment for which Hoban had responsibility has been heavily criticised due to its failure rate of more than 30% reversals of decisions upon appeal and because "the descriptors used to qualify for long-term support are so limited that almost nobody does so." In July 2013, Hoban's department asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to "provide independent advice in relation to strengthening quality assurance processes across all its health and disability assessments.". Hoban received £22,507 in non-cash donations from his former employer PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2009. Hoban left the Government in October 2013.
Hoban voted against gay couples adopting children in 2002, and against the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in 2003. In 2013, Hoban took part in a discussion about Russia's anti-gay legislation with actor Simon Callow and claimed "We have seen a change of people's attitudes in the UK and that's gathered momentum over time...you can have quite rapid change in these areas."
Hoban was also the subject of some debate over expenses at the taxpayers' cost, claiming a figure of 12000 pounds on furniture costs, including 35 pounds on a toilet roll holder, 10 pounds on a chrome shower rack and 79 pounds on four silk cushions on his second home allowance. This expenses raise questions about the cost burden on the taxpayer on certain politicians expensive, which can be considered excessive and wasteful by some.
He has been married to Fiona Jane Barrett since August 1994 and they live in the constituency at Locks Heath.
He has been an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales since 1988.
Hoban is a Roman Catholic and attends mass regularly at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Parish in Park Gate.
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- Register of All-Party Groups UK Parliament
- Chu, Ben (16 December 2011). "Revealed: bankers' secret meetings with ministers". The Independent (London). Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Boone, Peter; Johnson, Simon (11 April 2011). "Vickers' banking report not enough to reduce risks to us all in global banking". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Marsh, Sue (26 July 2011). "These work capability assessments are a farce". The Guardian (London).
- Patrick Wintour (22 July 2013). "Disabled benefits claimants test: Atos reports found 'unacceptably poor'". Guardian newspapers (London). Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "The Register of Members' Financial Interests Hoban-Hutton". The UK Parliament website.
- "Ask Aristotle:People > MPs > Conservative > Mark Hoban > How they voted". The Guardian (London). 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Russia gay laws debate: Callow, Hoban and Leslie". BBC News. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- Mark Hoban MP Official constituency website
- Mark Hoban MP Conservative Party profile
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Democracy Live Mark Hoban