Chris was elected as MP for Daventry in 2010 and re-elected in 2015. In the last reshuffle, Chris became Assistant Whip in the Government’s Whips’ Office, where he is responsible for the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office.
Previous to this, he sat on the Public Accounts Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee, and was Co-Chairman of the Fresh Start Project, which set out proposals for renegotiating a new relationship for the UK in the European Union. He also ran the Parliamentary Campaign against onshore windfarms.
From 1999 to 2009, Chris was a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands, serving as Chief Whip of the British Conservatives between 2001 and 2004. Before entering politics, he worked in and eventually ran his family’s business – a wholesale fruit and vegetable company – for eleven years. A sports enthusiast, he is an advocate for the Special Olympics movement in the UK and has been an active and qualified football referee for over 32 years.