Mark Garnier was born in 1963 in London and is married to Caroline. Together, they have three young children; Edward, Jemima and George. Mark went to school at Charterhouse, in Surrey, before embarking on a career in the City of London in 1982.
Mark was elected to serve the constituency of Wyre Forest in 2010, but has been an active campaigner in the area since January 2004, standing for election at the 2005 general election.
Mark has served on the influential Treasury Select Committee and brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience in banking and investment management, taking a specific interest in financial regulation and the banking sector. Mark also serves as an officer on a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including The Economy of the West Midlands, Combating Metal Theft, Heritage Railways, Financial Education for Young People, European Reform, Telehealth, Space, Economics Money and Banking, and Infrastructure, as well as participating in a number of others. Mark is also a keen member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and a vice chair of Conservative Friends of America.
Mark is a governor of Kidderminster College and takes an active interest in the local community in Wyre Forest, supporting local charities and other organisations. Outside Wyre Forest and his political interests, Mark is a Freeman of the City of London, sitting on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers. In his free time, Mark is a keen photographer as well as a keen target rifle shot, and is an enthusiast in both historic motoring and historic aviation.
Mark served as a councillor of the Forest of Dean District Council between 2003 and 2007, where he gained valuable experience of local government, especially with regard budget setting and use of resources.
In January 2004, Mark was selected to fight the seat of Wyre Forest and secured the largest gain in the country, with a 14% swing to Conservatives and an increase in the Conservative vote of 45%. Mark went on to fight the 2010 election, winning the seat from incumbent independent hospital campaigning MP.
In the 2015 General Election Mark held Wyre Forest increasing his majority from around 2,500 votes to nearly 13,000.
Campaigning in Wyre Forest
With extensive experience in business and finance, Mark is championing the cause of the local economy and business in Wyre Forest. Mark has been involved in a number of campaigns, including fighting the Labour government's plans to shut Kidderminster's driving test centre. But it is the plight of business and commerce that drives Mark’s local agenda and Mark is actively involved with the local business community, seeking ways to improve the local economy.