Jacob was born in May 1969 and was brought up in Somerset at Ston Easton and Hinton Blewett. He now lives in the village of West Harptree with his wife Helena and their three young children.
As the Member of Parliament for the constituency of North East Somerset, Jacob spends time in both Westminster and North East Somerset where, almost every weekend he holds surgeries to meet his constituents and discuss their thoughts and issues.
Jacob was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset in May 2010, with a majority of 4914. Being elected fulfilled his ambition to represent the Somerset parliamentary seat in which his family has lived for generations. Within Parliament, Jacob sits on the Procedure Committee which considers the practice and procedure of the House in the conduct of business and the European Scrutiny Committee which assesses the legal and political importance of each EU document, deciding which is debated within the House.
After Eton Jacob read History at Trinity College Oxford, before moving into finance being based in Hong Kong and later moving back to London. He now runs his own company, Somerset Capital Management, which specialises in investment management for pension funds and charitable organisations.
Jacob’s interests are very much family oriented. Apart from an extended family living locally in Somerset, his three young children certainly keep him on his toes! In what little spare time he has left, Jacob also enjoys watching cricket; he has supported Somerset County Cricket since he was a child and enjoys few things more than a day at Taunton.