Born in Hertfordshire in 1968 I went to school in Watford and set up my own printing business at the age of 22. I fought North Southwark and Bermondsey in 1997 before standing as the Conservative candidate for Welwyn Hatfield in 2001, finally winning the same seat from Labour in 2005.
Since then I’ve campaigned on local issues like protecting our local health services, and have started a successful apprenticeship programme; whilst working tirelessly to represent the concerns of my constituents. After the May 2010 election I was appointed Minister for Housing and Local Government within the Coalition Government. In 2012 I was appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party, and in 2015 I became Minister of State for International Development.
The hardworking people of this country deserve an independent and secure economy, businesses cut free of red-tape that can create jobs and deliver apprenticeships, and a welfare system that helps people to get on in life.
I’m driven by a desire to achieve the Conservatives' long-term economic plan for our country and convinced that Britain’s best days are yet to come.