Mark Spencer (politician)
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Paddy Tipping|
|Born||20 January 1970|
Born in 1970, Spencer attended Lambley Primary School and Col Frank Seely School in Calverton. He then qualified at Shuttleworth Agricultural College in Bedfordshire, before joining the family farm business. A former dairy farm, the business has developed and now employs around 50 local people, growing potatoes, vegetables and producing free range eggs, beef and lamb. Spencer is a past Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
In 2001 Spencer fought his first Nottinghamshire County Council seat for Hucknall and in 2003 he won a seat on Gedling District Council representing Ravenshead and he retained this seat in 2007. In 2005 Spencer took the Nottinghamshire County Council seat of Calverton for the Conservatives and in 2009 retained his seat with an increased majority. In 2006 Spencer was appointed Shadow Spokesman for Community Safety & Partnership for Nottinghamshire County Council and he currently represents the electorate on the four Parish Councils; Ravenshead, Calverton, Woodborough and Lambley. In 2010 Spencer was elected as Member of Parliament for Sherwood by just 214 votes. In this capacity he sits on the Government’s ‘Green Watchdog’, the Environmental Audit Select Committee.
Spencer was a Trustee of The Royal Agricultural Society of England and for a number of years was the Honorary Show Director of The Royal Show. Spencer is a past vice Chairman of School Governors of Woodborough Woods Foundation School, where he was chairman of the Disciplinary Committee. As Chairman of the Lambley Playground Fund he helped raise over a £100,000 to provide new play equipment in the village and Mark is also Trustee of the Core Centre Calverton, an Adult Education Centre.
Spencer’s focus is on energy security, agriculture and business. Thanks to being on the Government’s Green Watchdog he spends a lot of time working on environmental issues, especially energy and has spent a lot of time talking about ensuring Britain’s future energy security.Coming from a farming background, Spencer also focuses on agriculture and rural communities and he is particularly interested in ensuring that British food production is recognised and promoted as world class. In addition he works with the Coalfield Communities All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), whose aim is to restore the economies of former coalfield areas. Spencer has also been campaigning for improved road safety on the A614 and was named the Brake Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year 2011, and boosting the wider economy of the East Midlands.
- "Mark Spencer MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- Mark Spencer: Member of Parliament for Sherwood on the Conservative Party website
- Sherwood Conservatives
- Constituency website biography www.markspencermp.co.uk
- Interview after winning his seat in 2010 at Catch21