|Marital Status:||Married, two teenage children|
Mark Hunter entered Parliament at his third attempt at a by-election on 14th July 2005 to succeed the former Lib Dem MP Patsy Calton, who died shortly after the general election in May 2005. He was re-elected in 2010.
Mark was educated at Audenshaw Grammar School for Boys and worked as a marketing executive for the Guardian Media Group.
He was the Liberal candidate in Ashton under Lyne in 1987 and the Liberal Democrat candidate in Stockport in the 2001. He was first elected to Stockport Borough Council in 1996, and served as Chair of Education and Executive Member for Regeneration; in 2002 he became Leader of the Council. Mark has played a leading role in moving forward the vital long awaited A555 link road. Mark has also helped to get more police on patrol locally and to clean up our local streets. Under Mark's leadership, the Council has become the leading Metropolitan Council for recycling in the country. New measures to protect our heritage and to tackle the problems of infill development have also been introduced.
Mark became a member of the Shadow Foreign Affairs team in January 2007; in 2006 he was a member of the Shadow Home Affairs team and in 2005 a member of the Shadow ODPM (Local Government etc) team; he is also a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee. Mark then served as a Spokesman on Communities and local Government after Nick Clegg became leader of the Liberal Democrats at the end of 2007.
Mark was appointed an Assistant Government Whip following the formation of the Coalition Government.
Leader of Stockport Council until 2005
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