Mark Hunter (politician)

Mark Hunter (politician)
Mark Hunter MP
Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip
Assumed office
11 May 2010
Leader Nick Clegg
Member of Parliament
for Cheadle
Assumed office
14 July 2005
Preceded by Patsy Calton
Majority 3,272 (6.2%)
Personal details
Born 25 July 1957 (1957-07-25) (age 54)
Audenshaw, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Lesley
Relations Parents: Arthur Brian Hunter and Betty Elizabeth Mary Hunter (nee Turner)
Children Robert (M) and Francesca (F)
Residence Bramhall

Mark James Hunter (born 25 July 1957) is a British Liberal Democrat politician who is the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Cheadle.[1]


Education and background

Mark Hunter was educated at Audenshaw Grammar School for Boys and worked as a marketing executive for the Guardian Media Group until 2002.[2]

Before Parliament

Mark Hunter ran as the Liberal candidate in Ashton under Lyne in the 1987 general election, and as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Stockport in the 2001 general election. He was first elected to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in May 1996 for a ward in Marple, and served as Chair of Education before replacing Patsy Calton as Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration in June 2001 when she stood down after becoming the local MP. In May 2002 he became Leader of the Council.

As Leader, Mark Hunter served on the North West Regional Authority. He was also elected to the Liberal Democrat executive on the Local Government Association.

Election to Parliament

When Patsy Calton died from cancer shortly after the 2005 general election, Mark Hunter was selected to follow her. Stephen Day who was MP prior to 2001 was selected as the Conservative Party candidate. In a by-election which saw accusations of 'dirty tricks' from all parties but was fairly low-profile (coming so soon after the general election), he managed to slightly increase the Liberal Democrat percentage of the vote on a lower turnout.

Parliamentary roles

Mark Hunter is Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip and Assistant Government Whip in the Coalition Government (2010-).He has been accused by members of his consituency of breaking some of the pre-election promises in exchange for this minor promotion.

From the election of Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007 to the 2010 General Election, Mark Hunter served as Clegg's Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) and the party's Transport Spokesman in the Commons.

Prior to this, Hunter had been a member of the Shadow Foreign Affairs team in 2007, Shadow Home Affairs team in 2006 and Shadow OPDM team in 2005.[3]

Hunter was a member of the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee which replaced the Trade and Industry Select Committee (of which he was also a member) in November 2007. By virtue of sitting on BERR committee, Hunter was also a member of the Quadripartite Committee on Strategic Export Controls.

In 2009 he tabled an early day motion to save payments by cheque which are due to be phased out.[4]


External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Patsy Calton
Member of Parliament for Cheadle

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