17 Facts About Mark Francois

1. Mark Francois was Minister of State for Communities and Resilience and Minister for Portsmouth at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2015 to 2016.

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2. Mark Francois studied history at the University of Bristol and graduated in 1986.

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3. Mark Francois went on to complete a master's degree in War Studies at King's College London in 1987.

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4. Mark Francois was commissioned in December 1985 and served with the Royal Anglian Regiment until September 1989, reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

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5. Mark Francois was a member of Basildon District Council for the Langdon Hills ward from 1991 to 1995.

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6. Mark Francois stood for the Brent East constituency in the 1997 general election.

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7. Mark Francois came second to the incumbent, Labour's Ken Livingstone.

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8. Mark Francois was selected as the party's candidate for Rayleigh in the 2001 general election.

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9. Mark Francois made his maiden speech on 4 July 2001.

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10. Mark Francois was re-elected in 2005 with an increased majority of 14,726.

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11. Mark Francois served as a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee for the duration of his first term in Parliament.

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12. Mark Francois was promoted to be Shadow Minister for Europe on 3 July 2007, and joined the Shadow Cabinet at the January 2009 reshuffle.

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13. Mark Francois joined the Privy Council on 9 June 2010.

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14. Mark Francois was appointed Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans in the Ministry of Defence in September 2012.

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15. Mark Francois is a vice-president of Conservative Friends of Poland.

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16. In 2019, Mark Francois became one of the 28 so called Tory "Brexit Spartans" who voted against Theresa May's Brexit deal all three times it was put to the House of Commons.

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17. On 3 March 2020, Mark Francois was announced as chair of the ERG, succeeding Steve Baker.

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