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Mark Lancaster:
Electoral history and profile


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2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Serving Officer, Royal Engineers Territorial
Army.  Payments received from the Army Pay Office, Kentigern House, 65
Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX:
30 April 2011, received payment of £383.12 for 4 days military service between 1 November 2010-30 April 2011. (Registered 22 June 2011)
30 June 2011, received payment of £750.53 for 10 days military service between 1 May-30 June 2011. (Registered 25 July 2011)
Management consultant giving advice on strategy
and business to Palmer Capital Partners Ltd (Palmer Capital), Time and
Life Building, One Bruton Street, London W1 6TL;  a privately owned
venture capital and fund management business which specialises in
Received quarterly payment (May-July 2011) of £4,999.98.  Hours: 33 hrs. (Registered 24 July 2011)
Received quarterly payment (August-October 2011) of £4,999.98.  Hours: 33 hrs. (Registered 16 November 2011)
Received quarterly payment (November 2011-January 2012) of £4,999.98.  Hours: 33 hrs. (Registered 21 February 2012)

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Lancaster has had something of

an explosive career. He has

worked in his family’s firework

business, served as a bomb

disposal officer in the
army, and in 2005 was the first

pyrotechnician to have been

elected to
the House of Commons.


primary passion is his constituency, Milton Keynes North, to which he
was returned with an 8,961 majority

in May 2010. The 40-year-old lives
in the town of Olney, which sits in

the rural heart of the constituency,
having grown up in nearby

Kimbolton. He read his first degree

at Buckingham University and went

on to complete an MBA at Exeter
University, before working in the

family firework manufacturing

company based in Kimbolton –

the last such manufacturer in the



Mark Lancasters
military career spans 23 years,

beginning when he served as an

officer in the Queens Gurkha

Engineers in Hong Kong on a gap

year commission.
Still serving as a bomb disposal

officer in the Territorial Army, he
spent the 2006 summer recess on

active service alongside our troops in
Afghanistan. This was the third time

that Mark volunteered for active
service since 2000, having previous

served as part of the NATO
peacekeeping force in both

Kosovo and Bosnia.


Mark Lancasters
is a keen sportsman, supporting his

local team, MK Dons, and has

opened the batting for the House of

Commons Cricket team. As a

hobby, Mark
collects and restores classic

British motorcycles.




In seven
years as an MP Mark Lancaster

has spearheaded numerous

campaigns to great
success. His most notable was

pushing for infrastructure before
expansion – I before E – to ensure

that Milton Keynes has the facilities
it needs before housing growth.


has been involved in raising

awareness of safety in

houses after two tragic deaths in

Fishermead in September 2010.


recently scored a result when the

Government admitted it would
reconsider its school admissions

processes after he called an
adjournment debate on the matter

in December 2010, following the

in Milton Keynes.


a number of years, Mark Lancaster

 has been campaigning for a ban

on  the drug khat, which is a

substance traditionally chewed by

the Somali community.
He has approached the Home

Secretary and is awaiting the

results of the
Drugs Advisory Council which is

due in October. The campaign is

result of several complaints from

his constituents about the damaging
social and physical effects of the



for the right of service men and

women, he has been pressing the
Government to allow the armed

forces to be able to play the

Lottery abroad. He cites one of his

greatest victories as retaining
funding for the TA when the

previous Government threatened

to cut it.


Last year
Mark introduced a Bill to

Parliament that has allowed the

Royal Mint to
produce a special coin to mark the

2012 Olympic Games.


Mark and his team fight countless

individual battles on a daily basis;
the office has completed more

than 8,000 pieces of casework

since 2005.


Parliamentary roles


Mark is currently Parliamentary

Private Secretary to the

Secretary of State for International

Development, Andrew Mitchell.


opposition he served as a whip

(2006) and Shadow Minister for
International Development

(2007-10). Mark has also served

on the Office
of the Deputy Prime Minister

Select Committee (2005), Defence

(2006) International Development

Select Committee (2009-10).  

He is
currently on the committee

scrutinising the Armed Forces Bill.


is also a member of the All Party

Nepal, Hong Kong, China, USA,

University, Football, Cricket,

United Nations and Beer groups,

as well
as acting as an (unpaid)

parliamentary advisor to the Royal

Society of Chemistry


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Parliamentary jobs

  • Current job

    Shadow junior international development minister since Jul 2007

  • Previous positions

    Assistant chief opposition whip (Nov 2006 - Jul 2007)

  • Member of the defence committee (Feb 2006 - Jul 2007)

  • Member of the committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) (Jul 2005 - Feb 2006)


    • School:

      Kimbolton school, Cambs

    • University:

      Exeter University

    • Former career:

      Firework manufacturer

    • Career history:

      Army officer (serving officer TA - Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal), family firework business.


Mark Lancaster won the Milton Keynes North constituency for the
Conservative party at the 2010 general election with 43.5% of the vote