Hertsmere is my home patch. I was born and grew up here and still live in the area with my wife and two young children. I went to Parmiter’s School, a comprehensive near Watford, and won a place to study law at Cambridge University.
From 2010 until 2015 I served in Downing Street, advising the then Prime Minister on how to tackle the wide variety of challenges confronting him, latterly as Deputy Chief of Staff. I was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of this service.
I was honoured to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Hertsmere in May 2015. As your MP I use my skills and experience to give Hertsmere a strong voice nationally and to help get us the best deal.
Since January 2018 I have been a Minister in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for government digital transformation; civil contingency and cyber; public appointments; and cross government delivery and implementation. Before this, I had the privilege to serve as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary from July 2017.
I am passionate about preserving the things that make Hertsmere such a special place to live:
Improving Transport: Many of us rely on our transport links. I have campaigned to secure additional investment in our railways and our stations – with an upgrade to Borehamwood station, the promise of Oyster extended to Radlett and Potters Bar, and an additional £300 million to improve the Thameslink line. I know there is lots more to be done if local residents are to get the transport services they deserve.
Better Education: I got an excellent education at our local state schools and am determined to ensure that all children get the best start in life. I know that there is considerable pressure on school places locally. I helped secure a new primary school at Yavneh and am working with the County and Borough councils to develop a new secondary school in the medium term.
Defending Our Countryside: Our surrounding countryside makes our towns and villages beautiful places to live, gives us space to roam and prevents urban sprawl. Nationally, I speak up to maintain our green belt protection in law. Locally, I give a voice to residents concerned about inappropriate developments, such as the Radlett Rail Freight Terminal and around Potters Bar and Bushey.
Better Infrastructure: As our towns and villages continue to grow, particularly with the Elstree Way Corridor, we must get the infrastructure to go with it. In addition to education and transport, I continue to campaign for improved local medical facilities, such as a new health hub in Borehamwood and pushing the local economic development agency to invest in Potters Bar High Street.
I also regularly campaign on issues that matter to local people, including against anti-semitism and on fairer business rates and small business taxation. Recent work includes efforts to secure the release of a prisoner in Iran, for the regulation of dangerous laser pens, to help preserve Aldenham Reservoir, the reconstruction of damaged roads in Bushey and protecting precious trees in Potters Bar.