I was first elected as Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire in the May 2015 General Election and was re-elected on 12th December in 2019. I live in the constituency with my wife and children, who attend local schools.
I was born and raised in Lincolnshire and attended the Robert Pattinson Comprehensive School in North Hykeham before going on to study politics and economics at Oxford University. I moved to London to work for Arthur Andersen as a management consultant and then received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Andersen School at UCLA in the USA. I married my American wife, Melissa, in 1999 and we moved back to the UK in 2006 following the birth of our son. I worked for Deloitte before joining Google as Industry Head of Travel in 2011.
In the 2010 General Election I contested the Luton South seat and achieved a 4.6% swing from Labour to the Conservatives.
I was a councillor with St Albans District Council between 2011 and 2014 - representing the Wheathampstead Ward.
I was selected as the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate for Mid Worcestershire in November 2013 in an Open Primary (a public meeting at which both Conservative and non-Conservative supporters attended and voted), and I won the seat with a majority of 20,532 in the May 2015 General Election.
I have a particular interest in tourism and technology, and sat on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee between 2015 and 2017.
I contested the same seat again in the June 2017 General Election and increased my majority to 23,326. Following this election, I was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Ministers in the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). In January 2018 I was appointed to a new role and became PPS to Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State at DCMS. When Matt Hancock was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in July 2018, I stayed at DCMS to act as PPS for Jeremy Wright, the new Secretary of State until February 2019 when I was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, with particular responsibility for the engagement of young people.
In July 2019 following the election of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and therefore Prime Minister I was invited to join the new Government as an Assistant Government Whip. I am delighted to have been re-elected as MP for Mid Worcestershire again following the recent December election.