Since having the honour of becoming your MP, I’m proud to have stood up for our wonderful area, supported thousands of constituents, and secured some important local wins. From standing up to ensure our dairy farmers were supported throughout the pandemic, to securing £23m in Government funding as part of our successful Levelling Up Bid, I’ve raised Rutland and Melton at the highest levels of Government and beyond. You can watch my maiden speech in Parliament here.
I grew up in a tiny village in Cambridgeshire, and I understand the needs of rural communities and know how often they are forgotten and don’t receive their fair share of central Government funding. My priorities are to protect our rural way of life, to secure the new GP services we need, to level up and end rural disadvantage, to improve our roads and transport links, stand up for our farmers and to keep us safe by tackling rural crime.
Prior to being elected, I worked in counter-terrorism at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and then as an independent consultant across the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. Since joining Parliament I’ve had the honour of being elected as Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. I also launched the All Party Parliamentary Group on Geographically Protected Foods, for Bosnia and Herzegovina and for UK overseas territory Turks and Caicos.
As your MP, Rutland and Melton comes first.