Mark Todd (politician)

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Mark Todd
Member of Parliament
for South Derbyshire
In office
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Edwina Currie
Succeeded by Heather Wheeler
Personal details
Born (1954-12-29) 29 December 1954 (age 63)
Dorchester, Dorset, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Sarah Todd
Children 1 son (Peter)
Alma mater Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Website (Constituency matters)

Mark Wainwright Todd (born 29 December 1954) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Derbyshire from 1997 to 2010.

Mark Todd became the Chairman of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in January 2014.

Early life and career[edit]

His grandfather Alfred Todd was a Conservative MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1929 to 1935. Todd attended Sherborne School in north Dorset and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, gaining a Cambridge University BA degree in history in 1976. He served for twelve years as a Cambridge City Councillor, spending three years as Leader from 1987–90 and five as Deputy Leader.

He was a managing director of the Longman publishing house from 1977–96. In this company he worked from 1988–92 in Industry and Public Service management, from 1990–92 at Carter Mill and in information technology from 1992–94. A former non-executive director of consumer co-operative Cambridge & District Co-operative Society, before its 1991 merger with Co-operative Retail Services, he is a member of the Co-operative Party.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Todd first contested the seat of South Derbyshire in 1992, before gaining the seat from the Conservative's Edwina Currie in 1997. He steered the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2003 through Parliament as a private member's bill.[1] The Act is an amendment to the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, which regulates a form of UK corporation known as the industrial and provident society.

Todd announced on 21 September 2007 that he would stand down as the MP for South Derbyshire when the next general election was called.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Todd married Sarah Dawson in 1979 in Cambridge; their son was born in December 1992. He lives with his wife in Findern, South Derbyshire, and is an active member of the community.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edwina Currie
Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire
Succeeded by
Heather Wheeler