Vote Winner and Committed Conservative
Unexpectedly won the Bush Hill Park local by-election with an 11% swing from Labour.
Then stood at the General Election in the Edmonton constituency where he secured the largest swing from Labour to Conservatives in over 30 years – despite Labour having far more resource.
Actively campaigned across the constituency and reaching out to the diverse communities which included visits to many faith groups and being a visible face outside local stations and holding street stalls.
James also made time to visit the next door MP, Iain Duncan Smith and actively helped in his re-election campaign. In addition to canvassing and leafleting, he also held a coordinator role; Connect Calling Manager – training and marshalling 30 activists making many thousands of calls in this key marginal seat.
Pictured left: Campaigning in Chingford.
Track record in Cambridgeshire Local Government
Made history by being the first ever Conservative Councillor to be elected the Cambridgeshire Ward of Waterbeach. Taking the Conservatives from 3rd place / 16% vote share to 1st place / 60% vote share. This was despite the Lib Dems targeting his seat and ‘throwing in the kitchen sink’ to beat James – they never did. He vacated his seat when he moved to London with his family. Pictured right: Opening the new South Cambridgeshire Council Call Centre.
Yorkshire Parliamentary Campaigns
James first stood for Parliament in Barnsley East. Where he secured the largest swing from Labour to the Conservatives in Yorkshire – despite having a fraction of the resources many other seats had. Achieved this by canvassing, running petitions and securing media coverage. At the same time he was Campaign Support Director for the target seat of Penistone & Stocksbridge. In this role helped secure media coverage, plug gaps in resource and was tasked with successfully building a delivery network covering for one of the four constituency delivery network areas.
Following this was invited back to contest the Barnsley Central by-election – with the full swirl of media interest. He exceeded expectations of support secured.
Media appearances – fighting for what is right
James has taken part in hundreds of media interviews across national television, national radio, national printed press, regional television, regional BBC radio, regional printed press, local commercial Radio, BBC radio, local printed press and a range of internet and blog news outlets.
A strong and reliable communicator, guided by his Conservative principles of hard work and value for money.
An experienced public speaker from small audiences in the tens through to thousands on the national stage speaking at the Conservative Party Conference on three separate occasions.
Whether through media interviews, debates, public speaking, telephone canvassing, door to door canvassing and leaflet delivery – has the reputation of being a dependable voice that wins over voters.