Tom Pursglove was elected as the Member of Parliament for Corby & East Northamptonshire in May 2015, and grew up in nearby Wellingborough.
Prior to his election, Tom was already well known in and around Corby and East Northamptonshire as a result of his political activity and sporting interests – he swam competitively locally, still plays cricket for the Wellingborough Old Grammarians and as an ECB qualified umpire, officiates local league matches.
First elected to serve the Croyland Ward on the Borough Council of Wellingborough in 2007 at the age of 18 - the youngest councillor in the country at that time - and as the former Deputy Chairman Political of the Wellingborough Conservative Association, Tom is very familiar with the issues facing North Northamptonshire, and even before being selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in April 2013, was fighting for improvements to local infrastructure, against unwanted wind farm proposals and overdevelopment, and for the Rushden Lakes development at Skew Bridge.
Comprehensively educated at Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough and having received a degree from Queen Mary College, University of London, Tom went on to work as a Parliamentary Assistant to Chris Heaton Harris MP. He also remains the Director of Together Against Wind, the national anti-wind farm campaign, and in that role, he led the charge to secure national policy change in relation to onshore wind farms – an important issue affecting East Northamptonshire, in particular - and a policy change which has been delivered by the Government since the General Election.
When Tom was first selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, he launched the Listening to Corby & East Northamptonshire Campaign which seeks to find out what issues matter most to local people, so that he can best reflect and champion local views and concerns to policy makers both locally and nationally.
Most recently, upon Theresa May MP becoming Prime Minister in July 2016, Tom was asked to serve as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Immigration at the Home Office, Robert Goodwill MP; a role he fulfils in Parliament in addition to his constituency duties.