Family and interests

Family and community


James lives Enfield. Spent the first 36 years of his life in Cambridgeshire, made the move to Bush Hill Park where he is bringing up his young family.

Much of James’ family are originally from Essex with strong connections to Chelmsford, Colchester and Witham. His Aunt and Uncle now live in Norfolk. His late grandfather lived and grew up in Hull and was a second cousin of artist and great Yorkshireman David Hockney.


James has a keen interest in science, including being an astronomer from a young age. This led to him gaining a job at Modern Astronomer and Amateur Astronomer. The hi-light of this was writing numerous articles on a range of subjects including on extra-solar planets and working with Sir Patrick Moore. The publishing company organised a number of Astronomy shows – where Sir Patrick bought two of his own books, signed and gave to  them to James as a gift.

He is an avid motor racing fan, having competed in a karting events over 20 years in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Huntingdonshire, Midlands, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. Most recently entered a sprint race in Suffolk comprising 20 drivers and secured a 2nd place trophy. When in the USA he was tutored by the to Richard Petty School to drive a 600bhp Nascar.


James was the first person in his family to go to University, securing a Law Degree with Honours at Anglian Ruskin University.

This has proved to be a wonderful experience gaining knowledge of the law and new skills to complement politics.  Included countless exams, assignments, moot cases, presentations and a dissertation on human rights.