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Col Mark Lancaster, RE Reservist

Brigadier John Mark Lancaster, TD, VR is a British Conservative Party politician, who served as Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North from the seat’s creation at the 2010 general election until his retirement in 2019, having been Member of Parliament for the North East Milton Keynes constituency between 2005 and 2010. He served as a Minister in several appointments after the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, first as Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury, before in May 2015 moving to the Ministry of Defence as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, then in June 2017, he was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces in the Second May ministry and was reappointed by Boris Johnson at the start of his Premiership in July 2019, he served in this role until his retirement from Government in Dec 2019.

Between 1988 and 1990 Lancaster served in the British Army on an extended gap year Commission in Hong Kong with the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers before going to university. He then transferred his Commission to the Army Reserve where he continues to serve as a Brigadier in the General Staff Corps ( Late Royal Engineers ), having previously commanded an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit.[6] He has been on active service three times in Kosovo (1999–2000), Bosnia (2001–2002) and Afghanistan (2006).[4] He is currently Deputy Commander of 77th Brigade.[7]

He received a number of military honours and decorations between 2000 and 2016, including the Territorial Decoration (TD) in 2002 and the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) in 2011. He was awarded the Bar for a further five years’ service in 2016.

He was appointed as the Deputy Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas on 1 September 2019.[8]

He was appointed Chair of the Reserve Forces 2030 review in January 2020 in the rank of Brigadier.

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