Mark Hoban

Former Minister of State For Work and Pensions

Mark Hoban is a British Conservative Party politician and a former Minister of State for Work and Pensions.

Hoban joined the Conservative Party in 1980, and in 1989 was elected as the treasurer of the Southampton Itchen Conservative Association, serving until he was elected as the Association’s vice chairman for two years in 1991.

He was the campaign manager for the local sitting Conservative MP Christopher Chope at both the 1987 and 1992 general elections.

He contested the Tyneside seat of South Shields at the 1997 general election, finishing in second place, 22,153 votes behind the sitting Labour MP, David Clark.

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 general election for the Hampshire seat of Fareham following the retirement of the Conservative MP Peter Lloyd.

Hoban held the seat with a majority of 7,009 and remained the MP there until 2015. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 2001, in which he recalled one of his Fareham predecessors, Arthur Lee, who had donated the Prime Minister’s country house, Chequers, to the nation in 1921.

In parliament, he served as a member of the science and technology select committee for two years from 2001.

He was made an Opposition Whip by Iain Duncan Smith in 2002, joining the front-bench under the leadership of Michael Howard in 2003 as a spokesman on education.

Following the election of David Cameron as the party’s leader in 2005, Hoban became Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

After the May 2010 General Election, Hoban took his shadow portfolio into Government when he was appointed Financial Secretary in George Osborne‘s Treasury team. His responsibilities included financial services policy, including banking and financial services reform and regulation, financial stability, City competitiveness, wholesale and retail markets in the UK, Europe and internationally; the Financial Services Authority (FSA); UK Financial Investments (UKFI); and personal savings and pensions policy. He supported the Chancellor on EU and wider international finance issues.

He was also chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Business, Finance and Accountancy, until succeeded by Ian Wright MP.

Hoban announced that he would be standing down at the 2015 General election, and it was reported that he had taken up board-level roles at three businesses.

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