Henry was first elected MP for North West Norfolk in 1983, and apart from 1997 to 2001, he has served the constituency since then. During his time out of the House he worked both as a barrister and an adviser to small businesses. As well as serving on three Select Committees, between 2002 and 2012 he held various Front Bench positions both in Opposition and Government.
Most recently he served under William Hague at the FCO as Minister for Africa, the UN, Overseas Territories and Conflict Resolution.
Since leaving Government Henry has served on the HS2 special Select Committee between 2014-16; he is also currently Chairing the Westminster foundation for Democracy (WFD), the Conservative Policy research Unit and the APPG on the commonwealth.
In 2016 Henry was awarded a Knighthood in the New Years Honours List for Parliamentary and Public Service.
Henry is passionate about small businesses, the rural economy, the environment and skills. His local priorities include: infrastructure, balancing the need for economic growth with preserving Norfolk’s unique environment, sorting out sea defences, working to secure better broadband and improvements to the A47. In 2014 Henry and his neighbour, Elizabeth Truss, the MP for South West Norfolk, won a stunning local battle to stop a waste to energy incinerator being built outside King’s Lynn.