Mark Hunter (politician)
|Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip|
11 May 2010
|Assistant Government Whip|
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Member of Parliament
14 July 2005
|Preceded by||Patsy Calton|
25 July 1957 |
Audenshaw, Lancashire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Relations||Parents: Arthur Brian Hunter and Betty Elizabeth Mary Hunter (nee Turner)|
|Children||Robert (M) and Francesca (F)|
Education and background
Mark Hunter ran as the Liberal candidate in Ashton under Lyne in the 1987 general election, and as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Stockport in the 2001 general election. He was first elected to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in May 1996 for a ward in Marple, and served as Chair of Education before replacing Patsy Calton as Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration in June 2001 when she stood down after becoming the local MP. In May 2002 he became Leader of the Council.
As Leader, Mark Hunter served on the North West Regional Authority. He was also elected to the Liberal Democrat executive on the Local Government Association.
Election to Parliament
When Patsy Calton died from cancer shortly after the 2005 general election, Mark Hunter was selected to follow her. Stephen Day who was MP prior to 2001 was selected as the Conservative Party candidate. In a by-election which saw accusations of 'dirty tricks' from all parties but was fairly low-profile (coming so soon after the general election), he managed to slightly increase the Liberal Democrat percentage of the vote on a lower turnout.
Mark Hunter is Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip and Assistant Government Whip in the Coalition Government (2010-).
From the election of Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007 to the 2010 General Election, Mark Hunter served as Clegg's Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) and the party's Transport Spokesman in the Commons.
Prior to this, Hunter had been a member of the Shadow Foreign Affairs team in 2007, Shadow Home Affairs team in 2006 and Shadow ODPM team in 2005.
Hunter was a member of the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee which replaced the Trade and Industry Select Committee (of which he was also a member) in November 2007. By virtue of sitting on the BERR committee, Hunter was also a member of the Quadripartite Committee on Strategic Export Controls.
- Mark Hunter MP official constituency site
- Profile at the Liberal Democrats
- Cheadle Liberal Democrats
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Cheadle