Chris was born in 1978 in Wolverhampton in the Black Country. His mother was born at Rosemary Ednam Maternity Hospital in Dudley and his sister was born in Wordsley hospital. Chris attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and Oxford Brookes University where he gained a degree in politics & modern history and where he joined the Conservative Party. Upon graduation Chris joined his family firm, Keltruck Limited, which is based in the Black Country, where he had previously always worked during holidays and on Saturdays. Three years later he attended the Imperial College Business School where he gained an MBA.
Chris was marketing director of Keltruck between 2006 and 2010. His involvement over many years in his family business - which has a depot on Oak Lane, Kingswinford in the Dudley South constituency - gives him an invaluable insight into the challenges faced by Black Country businesses, not just his family's but the wide cross section of private businesses and public sector organisations with which Keltruck deals.
The Dudley South constituency covers Brierley Hill, Brockmoor, Kingswinford, Netherton, Pensnett, Wall Heath, St. Andrews, Woodside and Wordsley. Being Black Country born and bred, Chris remembers the Merry Hill shopping centre being built in the 1980s on the site of the former Round Oak Steelworks in Brierley Hill by Roy and the late, great Don Richardson. Chris has always used the Merry Hill centre and is proud to know the visionary entrepreneurs behind its creation. Chris views the Merry Hill as a prime example of how free enterprise can regenerate areas and create jobs when the right conditions are created.
Chris's other interests include sport and fitness (swimming, squash, tennis, running and skiing) and travelling. Chris can often be seen swimming lengths at the Crystal and Dudley leisure centres or playing squash at the Dudley and Thorns leisure centres in the Dudley Borough. He ran the 2012 London marathon for Dudley charities.
Chris is an ambassador for Heropreneurs, a registered charity which enables former military personnel (including injured soldiers) with the right qualities to benefit from the good-will and support of people in the commercial and finance sectors, and to establish themselves as successful entrepreneurs. He is also a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme - having chosen the RAF scheme - with which he has visited Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Chris is the founder Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Family Business and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft.
Chris has three times participated, on a self-funded basis, in Conservative Party international development social action projects including Project Umubano in Rwanda - where he helped to set-up a rural village community centre (complete with gardens and sports pitch) and participated in an education programme to improve the English language skills of teachers of English - and Bosnia where he helped to create a sports pitch for a rural village and arranged for transportation from the UK of pallets of children's toys and education aids for a school.
Chris Kelly's Experience
Chris was selected by Dudley South Conservatives in September 2007 and was subsequently elected as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Dudley South in May 2010 with a 9.51% swing from Labour to the Conservatives and a 43% share of the vote. Whilst 43 in every 100 people who voted in 2010 voted for him, Chris is determined that he will always represent 100% of Dudley South's residents.
He is a member of the House of Commons European Scrutiny (Select) Committee.
Chris has been a member of the Conservative Party since 1996 and, prior to his election to Parliament, held numerous positions in the voluntary party, mainly in the Black Country. After graduating from business school Chris worked for the Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne QC whilst he was Leader of the Conservative Party up until the leadership election in December 2005. During his time working for Michael Howard, Chris gained an invaluable insight into the work of a dedicated constituency MP, something he now hopes he is emulating for the people of Dudley South.
Whilst studying for an MBA Chris interned, as part of the research team, at the 'no' campaign against Britain joining the euro (the main keep the pound campaign) during the Treasury's assessment of the Government's six economic tests for euro entry.
Chris's political interest and activism dates back to the age of 14 when he wrote his first ever letter in the Express & Star questioning the increase in the price of entry to the council baths!
Campaigning in Dudley South
The Dudley Borough lies between Birmingham and Wolverhampton on the western fringe of the West Midlands conurbation. Local people are fiercely proud of Dudley's own distinctive identity and heritage.
The parliamentary seat of Dudley South is situated to the west of Dudley town centre and largely consists of residential suburbs and some rural fringes on the border of glorious South Staffordshire countryside.
The Conservatives controlled Dudley MBC - which became a 4 star, excellent rated authority - until May 2012.
The Conservatives are currently the second largest political party in Dudley South, holding six of the eighteen council seats.
Dudley South is a great place to live and work but was poorly served by its last Labour MP. Chris is putting the Dudley South constituency and the interests of local people first by campaigning on the issues that matter locally, whilst giving a strong voice to Dudley South in Parliament.
Local Conservative Councillors and activists continue to campaign with Chris on a variety of different issues in the constituency including:
Reducing traffic congestion and bottlenecks
Investing in our NHS and new cancer drugs
Beating crime and tackling anti-social behaviour
Improving our public services.
Chris holds regular constituency advice surgeries and regularly visits local schools and other public bodies. In addition Chris has set himself the task of visiting as many of the several hundred businesses that are located within Dudley South as possible. As someone with a background in business he knows that only these private enterprises can generate the growth we need in Dudley South to provide more employment opportunities for local people and to help reduce the deficit and debt left by the last Labour Government. Chris is determined to offer all the support he can to these businesses as the local MP.
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