Tim was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, in 1962. He was educated at The Priory School, Lewes, the University of Warwick and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied classics and Mesopotamian Archaeology. He lives in Sussex with his wife Elizabeth, son and two daughters.
After leaving Cambridge in 1984, he worked as a fund manager in the City of London for British merchant bank Flemings, becoming a director in 1992. He was also a non-executive director of an internet start-up company Netlink from 1996 until it was successfully sold in 1999.
His political interests include the economy, social exclusion, children's issues, special educational needs, youth justice, the environment, and health. He is captain of the Lords and Commons Hockey Team and a member of the tennis and skiing teams. His other outside interests include archaeology, wine and the South Downs.
Tim joined the Young Conservatives in Lewes in 1976 and held various positions in YC's in Lewes, Sussex and the South-East Area before becoming involved in student politics at university and then in the Battersea constituency, where he stood for Wandsworth Council in 1990. In 1992 he stood for Parliament in Sheffield Brightside against David Blunkett, narrowly losing by just over 22,000 votes. In 1995 he was selected to stand as the Conservative candidate in the new constituency of East Worthing and Shoreham in West Sussex, which we won in the 1997 General Election with a majority of 5,098. His majority has since increased to 11,105.
In 1997 he was a founding member of the new Environmental Audit Select Committee and in 2000 he was appointed a Shadow Minister for Environment, Transport and the Regions. In 2001 Tim became Shadow Minister for Health. From 2003 he additionally became Shadow Minister for Children. After the 2010 General Election David Cameron appointed Tim to the Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Children & Families at the Department for Education, a position he held until September 2012.
Tim’s priorities in East Worthing and Shoreham
Tim is well known as a very active constituency MP and set up the hugely successful Keep Worthing And Southlands Hospitals (KWASH) campaign when local hospitals were threatened several years ago. Other campaigning priorities include:
- Continuing the long running campaign to secure a proper bypass around Worthing, Sompting and Lancing and upgrade the A27
- Promoting the Eco Young & Engaged (EYE) project set up by Tim in 2008 to involve local schools in disseminating environmental best practice
- Safeguarding the Downs and protecting the strategic gaps and flood plains against excessive development currently under consultation in the Draft Local Plan
- Working with local councils and resident groups to secure the regeneration of Lancing village and East Worthing seafront and attract further business investment and jobs into our area
- Holding an ‘Export Summit’ to promote local businesses and making the Worthing & Adur Jobs Fair into an annual event
- Continuing to get a better deal for pensioners and extending the successful Pensioners’ Fair across the constituency
- Continuing my work with young people, especially the Youth Mayor and Youth Cabinet, to ensure their voices are heard loud and clear
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