Nadhim Zahawi was born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents in 1967. His family immigrated to the UK when he was 9 and he grew up in South West London and rural East Sussex. A lifelong entrepreneur, in 2000 he founded YouGov, a leading market research company which has since become famous for the accuracy of its polling data. In 2010 he was elected MP for Stratford-on-Avon, and re-elected in 2015.
Local schools are a major priority for Nadhim; he has helped deliver a better funding deal for Warwickshire schoolchildren and is currently pushing for a new special school at Welcombe Hills. Many of his constituents are concerned about uncontrolled development and he has campaigned hard to make localism work for local people.
His priorities for the next five years are improving the local business environment for small firms and independent shops, continuing to fight to protect Stratford’s unique character and keeping the surrounding villages sustainable through measures like rural broadband and better infrastructure.