I’m a strong local champion for Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan.
I live locally with my wife Emma and our son Henri. I first became aware of politics whilst growing up in a deprived community near Swansea and felt that it was wrong that people who were able to work could live off the state, yet others worked every hour for little reward.
Being elected in May 2010 was an honour and privilege and I enjoy the role hugely.
I’m a vocal campaigner for the issues that matter to my constituents, including a fair funding settlement, the roll out of broadband and improved infrastructure across the Vale. I am passionate about our community and want to play a part to help change it for the better.
During my time as an MP, I have been privileged to serve in the Government under both David Cameron and Theresa May. In July 2014, I became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and a Government Whip. Following this, I was appointed as Secretary of State for Wales in March 2016 and continue to serve in the Cabinet in this role.
As Secretary of State for Wales, I have delivered my key pledge to remove the Severn tolls on the Prince of Wales Bridge, which were removed entirely in December 2018. I have also played a role in securing a better funding settlement for Wales which means that we receive £120 per head for every £100 spent per head in England.
My priority since my first election in 2010 has always been to support and champion the Vale of Glamorgan and I continue to play my part in helping to make the Vale an even better place to live and work.