Mark Menzies is the MP for Fylde, winning the seat for the fourth time in 2019. The December election saw Mark re-elected with an increased vote share and an increased majority; he polled 60.9 per cent of the vote, 28,432 votes, a majority of 16,611.
Having been an active member of the Conservative Party since 1987, Mark was first elected in 2010 as the Conservative MP for the seat. He was first selected for the seat in November 2008 and elected in May 2010 before he was returned, with an increased majority, in May 2015. He then won a 58.6 per cent share of the vote in the June 2017 election to win his third term as the area’s MP.
Mark grew up in Ardrossan, a small town on the Ayrshire coast, raised by his mother after his Merchant Navy father died a month before he was born. Mark’s mother worked shifts at the local ICI factory to support them, giving him an early understanding of the importance of self-reliance and managing finances.
Mark attended his local primary school before benefiting from the assisted places scheme with a place at a nearby independent secondary. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1994 with an honours degree in economic and social history, and retains a strong interest in economics.
Prior to entering politics, Mark spent his working career in the retail sector. He joined Marks & Spencer as a graduate trainee in 1994 and has since worked in marketing for two of the biggest names in the UK supermarket sector, helping to deliver low prices and value-for-money for customers across the country. In 2007, he was the recipient of the IGD/Unilever Social Innovation Marketing award.
His main political priorities are international trade, UK energy security, supporting local business and ensuring a vibrant future for the defence industry within the UK.
Mark serves as one of the Prime Minister's Trade Envoys, with his current portfolio covering Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
He currently sits on the Scottish Affairs Committee, his third separate stint on the Committee, having served as a member of the International Trade Select Committee prior to its merger with the Business & Trade Committee. He has also sat on the International Development Select Committee, the House of Commons Finance Committee, and the Transport Select Committee.
Mark has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Charles Hendry MP, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mark Prisk MP, former Minister of State for Housing, and Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development.