Jesse Norman was elected as MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in the 2010 General Election. He has been married to Kate since 1992, has three children and lives in Hereford City.
Jesse was selected as a parliamentary candidate in December 2006. Whilst a candidate, he campaigned very actively on key local issues, fighting against the loss of public services and for a stronger voice for Herefordshire in Whitehall and Westminster. His campaigns have been featured in the Hereford Times, Hereford Journal and Ross Gazette.
Among other things, he acts as county-wide co-ordinator of the Herefordshire Save Our Post Offices campaign, and set up Schools First as a resource to help all those fighting school closures. In 2009 he ran a countywide campaign to support local shops, and published the Directory of Small Shops of Herefordshire. He is a trustee of the Kindle community centre in South Wye in Hereford City, where he has helped to set up a new youth theatre; and of the Friends of St Mary's Church in Ross-on-Wye.
Jesse is a published author of many books and pamphlets, and has written widely in the national press. His book Compassionate Conservatism has been called the "handbook to Cameronism" by the Sunday Times, while the follow-up Compassionate Economics was described as "the most intelligent political tract of 2009, and the best analysis of the credit crunch" in the Daily Telegraph online.