Mark Simmonds

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Mark Simmonds
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Simmonds at a Health Hotel session during the 2009 Conservative Party Conference
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Assumed office
5 September 2012
Preceded by Henry Bellingham
Member of Parliament
for Boston and Skegness
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Sir Richard Body
Majority 12,426 (28.8%)
Personal details
Born (1964-04-12) 12 April 1964 (age 50)
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
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.

In September 2012 he was appointed to the Government as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

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.[1] In this role, he is also responsible for the British Overseas Territories.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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 lives in his constituency in Swineshead in a house on the former site of Swineshead Abbey.

In 2012 he apologised to Parliament for failing to mention an interest in Circle Healthcare when speaking in support of the Health and Social Care Bill in Parliament.[3]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Richard Body
Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness