Mark Simmonds MP

Biography

Mark Simmonds was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 5 September 2012.

He first entered Parliament in 2001 and is the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness.

Education

Mark was educated at Worksop College and Trent University.

Political career

Mark was elected onto Wandsworth Borough Council for the Southfield Ward in Putney in 1990, where he remained until 1994 when he stepped down to pursue a career in politics.

Positions held:

  • Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness 2001 to present
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Foreign Secretary 2002 to 2003
  • Shadow Minister for Education 2003 to 2004
  • Shadow Foreign Office Minister 2004 to 2005
  • Shadow Minister for International Development 2005 to 2007
  • Shadow Minister for Health 2007 to 20010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office September 2012 to present

Personal life

Mark is married and has 3 children.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 2012 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Minister for Africa shines spotlight on African Great Lakes

    • 7 August 2014
    • Press release
  2. "The DRC Government, the wider region, MONUSCO have huge responsibilities for progress upon their shoulders"

    • 7 August 2014
    • Speech
  3. Local laws and customs catching British nationals out abroad

    • 7 August 2014
    • Press release
  4. Assisted Departure of British Nationals from Libya

    • 6 August 2014
    • Press release
  5. Ethiopian Chargé d’Affaires summoned to FCO over detention of British national

    • 4 August 2014
    • Press release
  6. Minister for Africa calls for leadership in South Sudan talks

    • 31 July 2014
    • Press release
  7. Minister for Africa welcomes release of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan

    • 24 July 2014
    • Press release
  8. Annual statement on the Government Wine Cellar 2013-14

    • 17 July 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. New report shows FCO helped thousands of British Nationals overseas

    • 17 July 2014
    • Press release
  10. New Map Reveals Worldwide Impacts of Climate Change

    • 16 July 2014
    • News story