Laurence was born in March 1958 and is married to Susan with one daughter, Jemma, aged 15.
He was educated at St James’s C.E. Secondary School; Farnworth Grammar School and Bolton Institute of Higher Education.
As a charity fund-raising, public relations and special events consultant he has raised over £1 million for charity. He was previously a company director, factory owner and work study engineer. As a consultant he has worked for over 80 companies.
Personally, Laurence is interested in all sports, especially golf, horse racing and marathon running. He has run 6 marathons, including the 1994 New York City event, where he raised £10,000 for charity. Other interests include reading, writing, travelling, the countryside and the Church.
Laurence was a candidate in Makerfiled in the 1987 General Election and Ashfield in 1992. He was successfully voted in as MP for Tewkesbury in May 1997.
Laurence has held numerous offices in the party both locally and nationally. Between 1988 and 1991 he was Chairman of Governors of a primary school with 250 pupils, Visitor for Victim Support Scheme, Area Chairman, Campaign for Law and Order.
Politically, Laurence is interested in the following areas: Law and Order, Education, European Policy, the Constitution, Small Businesses, the Economy and Rural Issues.
In September 2001, he was appointed an Opposition Whip. In June 2003, was made Shadow Minister for Trade & Industry. In November 2003, he was appointed a Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. Since May 2005, he has served as the Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland.