Mark Hoban

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Mark Hoban
MP ACA
Mark Hoban MP speaking at 'Improving Employment Outcomes'.jpg
Hoban in 2013
Minister of State for Employment
In office
4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Chris Grayling
Succeeded by Esther McVey
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Stephen Timms
Succeeded by Dr. Greg Clark
Member of Parliament
for Fareham
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Peter Lloyd
Majority 17,092 (31.5%)
Personal details
Born (1964-03-31) 31 March 1964 (age 50)
Peterlee, County Durham, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Fiona Jane Barrett
Alma mater London School of Economics
Website www.markhoban.com

Mark Gerard Hoban MP (born 31 March 1964) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fareham, and a former Minister of State for Work and Pensions.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.

He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1985 as a financial analyst, becoming a chartered account manager in 1990, and was appointed as a senior manager in 1992 until his election to parliament.

Parliamentary career[edit]

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.

He was the campaign manager for the local sitting Conservative MP Christopher Chope at both the 1987 and 1992 general elections.

He contested the Tyneside seat of South Shields at the 1997 general election, finishing in second place some 22,153 votes behind the sitting Labour MP David Clark.

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 general election for the Hampshire seat of Fareham following the retirement of the Conservative MP Peter Lloyd.

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.[2]

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.[3]

It was reported in the Independent in December 2011 that Hoban had been involved in meetings[4] with bankers lobbying to avoid proposals in the Vickers Report[5] 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 Dapartment of Work and Pensions. The Work Capability Assessment for which Hoban had responsibility has been heavily criticised[6] 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."[6] 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.".[7] Hoban received £22,507 in non-cash donations from his former employer PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2009.[8] Hoban left the Government in October 2013.

Hoban voted against gay couples adopting children in 2002,[9] 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."[10]

Hoban was also the subject of some debate over expenses at the taxpayers' cost, claiming a figure of 12000 pounds on furniture costs,[11] 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.[12] This expenses raise questions about the cost burden on the taxpayer on certain politicians expensive, which can be considered excessive and wasteful by some.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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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