My MP: Mark Hendrick

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Mark Hendrick is the Labour Co-Operative Member of Parliament for Preston, the home constituency of The Pulse Deputy News Editor Martin Law.

The former Lancashire Central European Parliament constituency

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.

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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