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Mark Francois is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rayleigh and Wickford, previously Rayleigh, since the 2001 general election. Francois served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (2010–2012), a Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence (2012–2013) and Minister of State for the Armed Forces (2013–2015).
Francois was also Minister of State for Communities and Resilience and Minister for Portsmouth at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2015 to 2016. In 2018, he was appointed deputy chair and de facto whip of the eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) by chair Jacob Rees-Mogg. He was a critic of the leadership of Theresa May during her time as leader of the Conservative Party. In March 2020 he became the Chair of the ERG.
Mark Gino Francois was born on August 14, 1965 (age 57 years) in Islington, London, United Kingdom. He is the son of British parents Anna (née Carloni) and Reginald Francois. His father was an engineer and his mother was an Italian au pair. The family moved to Basildon, Essex in 1971. His secondary education was at the Nicholas Comprehensive School (now part of James Hornsby School).
Francois studied history at the University of Bristol and graduated in 1986. Francois stated that he joined the Conservative Party when he was studying in Bristol. He went on to complete a master’s degree in War Studies at King’s College London in 1987. In 1983, whilst at university, he joined the Territorial Army (TA), the part-time reserve force of the British Army. Given the service number of 523962, Francois was commissioned in December 1985 and served with the Royal Anglian Regiment until September 1989, reaching the rank of Lieutenant.
Francois became a management trainee with Lloyds Bank after university. He then worked as a political consultant for the lobbying company Market Access International in 1988, leaving to set up his own lobbying firm, Francois Associates, in 1996, which he closed when he was elected as MP in 2001. Mark Francois was a member of the Basildon District Council for the Langdon Hills ward from 1991 to 1995. On the council, he served as vice-chair of the housing committee from 1992 to 1995.
Mark Francois stood for the Brent East constituency in the 1997 general election. He came second to the incumbent, Labour’s Ken Livingstone. He contested the election to be the Conservatives’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Kensington and Chelsea in the 1999 by-election. The contest was won by Michael Portillo, who garnered 60% of the final ballot.
Francois was selected as the party’s candidate for Rayleigh in the 2001 general election. Francois won the seat with a majority of 8,290. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 2001. Francois was re-elected in 2005 with an increased majority of 14,726. The constituency was abolished prior to the 2010 general election. He was elected in the new seat of Rayleigh & Wickford in the election.
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He served as a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee for the duration of his first term in Parliament. Mark Francois was promoted to become an Opposition Whip in 2003 by Michael Howard; to Shadow Economic Secretary in May 2004; and later to Shadow Paymaster General (10 May 2005 – 3 July 2007) scrutinizing HMRC.
Mark Francois was promoted to Shadow Minister for Europe on 3 July 2007 and joined the Shadow Cabinet at the January 2009 reshuffle. As Shadow Minister for Europe Francois oversaw the Conservative Party’s withdrawal from the EPP grouping in the European Parliament, the creation of the ECR grouping and the Conservative’s opposition in the House of Commons to the Treaty of Lisbon, which he spoke against on many occasions including on 5 March 2008 in the debate to pass the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008.
When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats joined in a coalition government following the 2010 general election, Mark Francois was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, a sinecure given to a Government Whip that entails being kept as ‘captive’ at Buckingham Palace when the Queen opens Parliament. He joined the Privy Council on 9 June 2010. In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinize the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.
Mark Francois was appointed Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans in the Ministry of Defence in September 2012. From October 2013 to May 2015, he was Minister of State with responsibility for the armed forces, cyber activity, and force generation. Following the 2015 general election, he became Minister of State for Communities and Resilience and Minister for Portsmouth at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Francois left the government after Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister, but she appointed him to conduct a review into the use of reserves in the Army. Since September 2017, Francois has sat on the Defence Select Committee and is a former member of the Administration Committee, the Committee of Selection, the Defence Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. He is a vice president of Conservative Friends of Poland.
In 2019, 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. At the 2019 general election, Francois was re-elected with an increased majority of exactly 31,000 (7,550 votes more than in the 2017 election) and achieved over 72% of the vote. In January 2020, he launched a crowdfunding bid with the StandUp4Brexit group to raise money for Big Ben to chime upon the UK’s departure from the EU.
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On 3 March 2020, Francois was announced as chair of the ERG, succeeding Steve Baker. In this capacity, he wrote to Michel Barnier, head of the task force negotiating the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU, a letter titled “A Missive from a Free Country”. Barnier replied in an open letter. In December 2021, he called on Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis to resign for failing to come through with promised legislation related to veterans.
Mark Francois married his first wife Karen Thomas from 2000 to 2006, their wedding ceremony took place at Langdon Hills, Basildon, in June 2000. Francois and Karen Thomas divorced in 2006 after six years of marriage. In 2022, Mark Francois married his second wife Olivia Sanders, they officially became husband and wife on 11 June 2022.
Mark Francois net worth
How much is Mark Francois worth? Mark Francois net worth is estimated at around $4 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician. Mark Francois’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $350,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in the United Kingdom. Mark Francois stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.