About Oliver

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 near Watford and then 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. I was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of this service. 

I was honoured to be elected as Member of Parliament for Hertsmere in May 2015. As your MP, I have used my skills and experience to give Hertsmere a strong voice nationally and get us the best deal. In 2018, it was a privilege to be appointed as a Minister and I then served in the Cabinet as the Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office. 

In February 2020, I was delighted to be appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

I am passionate about preserving the things that make Hertsmere such a special place to live. 

Improving Transport: We rely on our local transport links. I have campaigned constantly on this as your MP and have secured major improvements to our railways, including: 

  • Extending Oyster to Potters Bar and Radlett;  

  • Overhauling and upgrading Borehamwood station;  

  • New modern carriages on Thameslink and Great Northern;  

  • Delivering proper compensation for everyone hit by the 2018 timetable chaos 

I have also worked to preserve vital local bus services in Bushey and Potters Bar, alongside pushing the Council to make sure our roads are maintained, and potholes fixed. 

Better Education: I owe a debt of gratitude for the excellent state education I had at Parmiter’s School, near Bushey. Making sure every child gets the best start in life is one of the main reasons I entered politics. 

There is pressure on our school system which is why I have been pushing for Hertsmere to get its fair share of resources. I have helped secure a new primary school at Yavneh in Borehamwood, and new facilities for Dame Alice Owens and Mount Grace in Potters Bar.  

I am also working with the Borough and County Council to construct a new secondary school to serve Radlett and Bushey. 

Defending our Countryside: The countryside around us makes our towns and villages beautiful, gives us space to roam and prevents ugly urban sprawl. 

Nationally I push to maintain protections for our green open spaces in law and locally always work to give residents a voice in local planning, such as the future of Aldenham Reservoir, new house building, or the proposed Radlett rail freight terminal. 

Upgrading Infrastructure: As our towns and villages continue to grow, particularly with the Elstree Way Corridor and the new Local Plan, we must get the infrastructure to go with it.  

In addition to education and transport, I continue to campaign for more resources for policing, fire and rescue, and healthcare.  

This has included pushing for a new health hub in Borehamwood, maintaining Potters Bar Hospital, and re-developing key hospitals serving Bushey and Radlett. 

Equally, I also campaign on many other issues that matter to local people, including against anti-Semitism, which has absolutely no place in our society and fairer, simpler taxes for everyone.