Mark Hendrick

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Sir Mark Hendrick

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Member of Parliament
for Preston
Assumed office
24 November 2000
Preceded byAudrey Wise
Majority15,723 (44.2%)
Member of the European Parliament for Lancashire Central
In office
9 June 1994 – 10 June 1999
Salford City Councillor for Weaste & Seedley ward
In office
7 May 1987 – 9 June 1994
Personal details
Born (1958-11-02) 2 November 1958 (age 60)
Salford, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materLiverpool John Moores University, Victoria University of Manchester

Sir Mark Phillip Hendrick MP (born 2 November 1958) is a British Labour Co-operative politician. Since the 2000 Preston by-election, at which he retained the seat for his party, Hendrick has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency. He is a member of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA). Hendrick previously represented the Central Lancashire seat as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1994–1999.

Early life[edit]

Hendrick was born in 1958 in Salford, Lancashire. he is of Anglo-Somali descent. His father worked in the timber industry.[1]

Hendrick studied at the Salford Grammar School.[2] He later attended Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University), where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester. Additionally, Hendrick is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Certificate in Education (a teaching qualification) from the same institution.[3]

Training and early career[edit]

Hendrick trained as a student engineer with the Ministry of Defence in 1979 at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, Worcestershire. He later studied German at a Volkshochschule Hanau in Germany in 1981, where he trained as a student engineer with AEG Telefunken. In 1982, he was appointed as a Higher Professional and Technology engineer with the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Daresbury Laboratory, and stayed with the SERC for six years.

In 1990, Hendrick joined Stockport College of Further and Higher Education, where he worked for four years as a lecturer in Digital Electronics and Software Design.[4]

Political career[edit]

Local government and European Parliament[edit]

From 1984 to 1994, Hendrick was the Secretary of the Salford Co-operative Party. He was elected a councillor to the City of Salford Council in 1987 and served in this capacity for eight years.[3] He was also the Chairman of the Eccles Constituency Labour Party from 1990 to 1994. During the 1994 European Parliament Election, Hendrick was elected for the Central Lancashire seat. He served for five years until losing an election bid at the 1999 European Parliament Election, which was run on a regional PR list system.

House of Commons[edit]

Hendrick was elected to the House of Commons at the Preston by-election, 2000 after the sitting Labour MP Audrey Wise had died.[1] He retained the seat with a majority of 4,426, and made his maiden speech on 11 December 2000.[5] Hendrick was re-elected at the 2001 general election, the 2005 general election, the 2010 general election, the 2015 general election and the 2017 general election.

In Parliament, Hendrick was a member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee for three years from 2001. He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2003–2006); Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett (2006–2007); Lord High Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw (2007–2008); Ivan Lewis, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2009–2010). Hendrick also served on the International Development Committee from 2009 to 2010.

In 2002, Hendrick successfully campaigned for and achieved free access for the public to the National Football Museum in Preston. He campaigned for City Status for Preston, which was successful and awarded to Preston in the Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards in 2002.[6]

From November 2010 to the summer of 2012, Hendrick was appointed to the front bench by Labour Leader Ed Miliband as an Opposition Assistant Whip.[4][7] Returning to the backbenches, he was later appointed to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee from June 2012 to June 2017.[8]

In July 2015, Hendrick was appointed to the High Speed Rail (HS2) Committee in July 2015 and re-appointed to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee which he served on until May 2017. Hendrick was appointed to the International Trade Select Committee in July 2018.

Hendrick is a member of various All Party Parliamentary Groups and is currently Chair of the Norway APPG. Hendrick was Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) China from 2010 to 2012 and is currently a vice-chair[9]. He is the Treasurer for the All-Party Parliamentary British-German Group.[10] He is also a member of the UK delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA).[11]

Hendrick's political interests include foreign affairs, international development, defence, European, economic, monetary and industrial affairs.[3]

Hendrick was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for parliamentary and political service.[12]


  • Changing States 1995
  • The Euro and Co-operative Enterprise 1998
  • "Question Time Conundrum", Tribune 13 February 2014[13]
  • "The Ukrainian Crisis: Russia’s Relationship with Former Soviet States Post EU/NATO Enlargement", EP Today 9 May 2014 [14]
  • "A View to Brazil", The House Magazine 7 May 2014 [15]
  • "The Impact of Foreign Players on the Premier League and on England's National Team" Huffington Post 12 June 2014[16]
  • "The Government Reforms and Future Election of Aung San Suu Kyi to the Presidency Are Only the Beginning on Burma's Long Road to Being an Inclusive, Democratic Society", Huffington Post 1 July 2014 [17]


  1. ^ a b Robert Waller, Byron Criddle (2007). The Almanac of British Politics. Routledge. p. 755. ISBN 113520683X. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Preston". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Hendrick". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "About Mark Hendrick". Preston MP. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ Hendrick, Mark. "Orders of the Day – Foreign Affairs and Defence". UK Parliament. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Football museum funding refused". BBC News. 11 December 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". House of Commons Information Office. 22 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Foreign Affairs Committee – membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  9. ^ "All Party Parliamentary Group Registers published in 2018". UK Parliament. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  10. ^ "All-Party Parliamentary British-German Group". UK Parliament. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Mark Hendrick MP". BBC. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  12. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Audrey Wise
Member of Parliament for Preston