James was educated at Yarm School before reading Law at Durham University. Following graduation James qualified as a solicitor and practised Law in the North East, working in Stockton, Darlington and Newcastle.
In the 2005 local elections James stood as the Conservative Candidate in Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree Ward in Stockton, as well as working to support Conservative Candidates across the Borough and playing a key role in the Campaign Team of James Gaddas, the 2005 Conservative Parliamentary Candidate.
Since being selected as the Conservative candidate for Stockton South by local party members in 2007, and as the MP since May 2010, James has campaigned on a wide range of issues in the Constituency. From fighting for a new school in Ingleby Barwick to playing a key role in the campaign to save Preston Park from development in Eaglescliffe James prides himself in standing up for the people he represents.
In Parliament James sat on the powerful Public Accounts Select Committee until November 2012, where he took a particular interest in defence procurement and issues affecting regional development. He also takes an active interest in foreign affairs and has worked with Teesside companies to promote British interests abroad, particularly in South East Asia.
Outside politics James’ interests include reading, walking and spending time with friends and family.