Spent first 36 years of his life in rural Cambridgeshire including three terms as a Councillor. Worked in the publishing and tourism sectors.
Moved to Enfield in 2016. Grown a successful business over the past six years. Currently an Enfield Councillor, Shadow Finance and Health Scrutiny Chair.
Passionate about animal welfare and is a member of the Conservative Friends of the Ocean and Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation. His business has supported the Wood Green Animal Shelter (Huntingdon) and the Remus Horse Sanctuary (Essex). Fundraised for the Sheltland Pony Welfare Trust (Cambridge).
Avid motor racer, interest in the arts (distant relative of David Hockney!) & film, keen Astronomer, including working with the late Sir Patrick Moore
Politics – vote winner
Originally a Councillor in Cambridgeshire. Undefeated in three terms of office and first ever Conservative elected to the rural Ward. On re-election doubled his majority – despite the Lib Dems chucking the proverbial kitchen sink!
London local by-election winner with an unexpected 11% swing from Labour. Following this secured the largest swing from Labour in over 30 years in Edmonton at the last general election.
First Parliamentary campaign was in Yorkshire in Barnsley East 2010. Securing the largest swing across Yorkshire from Labour to the Conservatives in that election. Was then invited back to contest the Barnsley Central Parliamentary 2011 by-election – in the full swirl of media and interest. Exceeded expectations of votes secured.
Supporting causes – making a difference
Previously served a Trustee for Red Balloon Learner Centre charity in Cambridge and South Yorkshire.
Written policy articles including being published on Conservative Home.
First person in family to go to University
James was the first person in his family to go to University, securing a LLB Law Degree with Honours at Anglia Ruskin University.
He secured the Law Degree as a mature student – juggling family, work and councillor commitments along the way!
Committed Charity supporter and fundraiser
James has actively fundraised for over a dozen different charities through organising gala dinners for them. Most recently he also completed the London BT Tower climb in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
His business has also supported the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Essex Remus Horse Sanctuary and Huntingdonshire Wood Green Animal Shelter (pictured right). In addition to the company worked with a foundation on bringing forward homes for the homeless across the UK.
Served on a range of charitable boards including; Hundred Houses Society, Red Balloon (Cambridge and South Yorkshire), Emmaus Cambridge and Chaired Landbeach Cambridge Tithe Barn Trust (pictured right).