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About me

It is a privilege to be elected as the new MP for West Suffolk. Everything I do as your Member of Parliament will be on your behalf and in your interests.

I learned my conservative values watching my parents as I grew up. My father worked in manufacturing, sometimes holding down two or even three jobs, and my mother worked at a local school, helping children who had had a difficult start with pastoral care. We didn’t always have much, but my brother and I were given a lot of love and taught to work hard.

I was fortunate to attend a brilliant state school, and from there I became the first member of my family to go to university. Because I appreciate the difference education has made to my life, I am determined to play my part in making sure as many children as possible have the chance to learn in an excellent school, wherever they live and whatever their background.

These days, I am the dad doing several jobs. I am a business consultant, helping British firms in sectors from aerospace to finance. I am also a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, and was recently a visiting fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. I am a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, I chair the Future of Conservatism project at Onward, and I am an adviser to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.

I write the main column in The Daily Telegraph each Monday, and a sports column every month in The Critic. I am also the founder and co-editor of The Conservative Reader. I appear regularly on television and radio, being interviewed by the likes of Laura Kuenssberg, Robert Peston and Nick Robinson, and making the conservative case on a range of issues. My book about the future of conservatism, Remaking One Nation, was published in 2020 amid positive reviews and widespread acclaim.

But I am not content only to write about the future of our country. I am deeply patriotic, and believe we all have a responsibility, in our different ways, to serve our country and local communities. I grew up benefiting from a loving family, a strong community and services funded by the taxpayer, and I want everybody else, young and old, to have the opportunities made possible by that security.

I have served the public in a variety of ways during my career. At the request of the Prime Minister and Home Secretary, I conducted a review of the effectiveness of the Home Office. I am a founding trustee of a new specialist maths school. I was a member of the Organising Committee for the successful 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, and also served as a board member of the Department for Education and the Government’s £250 million Sports Survival Package, which was established during the pandemic. 

Earlier in my career, I ran the New Schools Network, a charity dedicated to opening great new schools within the state sector. I worked as a special adviser in the Home Office for five years, focusing on police reform, immigration and counter-terrorism policy. I served as the Prime Minister’s chief of staff in Downing Street between 2016 and 2017, and in recognition of my service to government I was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

I am married to Martina, stepfather to Keeva and Emily, and father to Sylvia, and we live in West Suffolk. I am taken on regular walks by our Irish setter, Monty, and I spend a lot of my time taking the girls to gymnastics and horse-riding lessons. When I can, I enjoy watching football and cricket, and going skiing with the family.