Mark Hendrick is the Labour Co-Operative Member of Parliament for Preston, the home constituency of The Pulse Deputy News Editor Martin Law.
Hendrick was born on the 2nd November 1958 in Salford, then part of Lancashire, to an Anglo-Somali family. He attended Salford Grammar School and studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Liverpool Polytechnic – now Liverpool John Moores University. He continued his studies with an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Manchester, and also studied a Certificate in Education there.
He was the Secretary of Salford Co-Operative Party from 1984-1994, and was a Salford councillor from 1987 to 1995.
In 1994, he was elected to the European Parliament for the Lancashire Central constituency. He lost this seat in 1999, when the system became one of proportional representation and Hendrick was not high enough on the Labour list to be elected.
In 2000, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Preston, Audrey Wise, died. Hendrick won the resulting by-election with 45.7% of the vote. He has been the MP for the constituency ever since.
Whilst in Parliament, Hendrick voted in favour of the invasion of Iraq, and stands by his decision to this day.