I am the Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire having first been elected in the May 2015 General Election. 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.