|Simmonds at a Health Hotel session during the 2009 Conservative Party Conference|
|Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
5 September 2012
|Preceded by||Henry Bellingham|
|Member of Parliament
for Boston and Skegness
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Sir Richard Body|
12 April 1964 |
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Lizbeth Hanomancin Garcia|
|Alma mater||Trent Polytechnic|
Mark Jonathon Mortlock Simmonds (born 12 April 1964) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire, and was first elected in 2001, succeeding Sir Richard Body. He was re-elected in 2005 with a greatly increased majority before his subsequent re-election in 2010 - more than doubling his 2005 majority.
Born in Worksop, Simmonds went to Worksop College, then Trent Polytechnic, where he obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Urban Estate Surveying in 1986. He became an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1987. He worked as a surveyor for Savills from 1986–88 and was a partner in Strutt & Parker from 1988-96. He became a Director of Hillier Parker from 1997-9, then Managing Director of Mortlock Simmonds Brown from 1999 until becoming an MP, becoming Chairman.
He contested the Ashfield seat in 1997. Simmonds was promoted to Shadow Health Minister in 2007.
On 5 September 2012, he was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In this role, he is also responsible for the British Overseas Territories.
He married Lizbeth Hanomancin Garcia in December 1994 in London, and they have two daughters (born March 1999 and October 2000) and a son (born April 2002). He is one of the few MPs that live within his constituency in Swineshead in a house on the former site of Swineshead Abbey.
- "Who we are - our Ministers". FCO (Official website). Retrieved 6 September 2012.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Richard Body
|Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness