Mark Smith

Campaign Secretary

I moved to Gosport in 1979 and have worked as a teacher at both St Vincent and Brune Park, retiring from the latter after 18 years in July 2015. For seven years, I also worked for the charity Tools for Self Reliance. I served as a councillor for Town Ward in the early 2000s but lost my seat following the reorganisation of ward boundaries.

I first joined the Labour party in 1987 following a five year period working in Africa. My decision to join the Labour party was driven by two things – the policies of the Thatcher government and their impact on British society and the experience of being in a highly politicised environment in Zimbabwe but being unable to participate. I left the party following the decision of the Blair government to invade Iraq and re-joined in 2012.

I have been secretary of Gosport CLP South branch since then and took on the role of Campaign Coordinator in 2015. I look forward to helping revitalise the local party and to involving a significant number of the new members we have gained. The Campaign Committee meets regularly and aims to raise the party’s profile in Gosport, to increase our level of community activity, to increase our representation on the council and share of the vote in elections.

I am also involved with the National Union of Teachers, Gosport Fairtrade Action and the Friends of Leesland Park.