I was first elected as Member of Parliament for Colne Valley with a majority of 4,837 in May 2010. I was re-elected with an increased majority of 5,378 in May 2015.
Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee – I am a member of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee. As a member of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, I am charged by the House of Commons with the scrutiny of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. Its formal remit is to monitor the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and its associated bodies, including the BBC, on behalf of the House of Commons and the electorate.
Transport Select Committee – From June 2013-March 2015 I was a member of the Transport Select Committee, which is charged by the House of Commons with the scrutiny of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Transport and its associated public bodies.
1922 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – On May 20th 2013 I was proud to be elected by my colleagues to the 1922 Executive Committee.
The committee is formed of backbench Conservative MPs and allows the leadership and the backbenchers of the Conservative Party to keep in touch with each other’s opinions. The committee meets once a week and is very influential within the party.
NATO ASSEMBLY – I was appointed to the UK Delegation for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly by the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon William Hague, and from there I was appointed to the NATO PA Defence Committee.
RAF – I am President of the Huddersfield RAF Association. I’m also a keen supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund and act as sponsor for their events in the House of Commons.
CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS OF KASHMIR – I act as sponsor for their events in Parliament.
ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS – I am Chairman of several APPGs including Kurdistan, ITV and Rail in the North. I am Co-Chairman of the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire group and the Arts, Health and Well-being group. I am Vice Chairman of multiple groups including Rugby League and Mental Health. I am an officer of the Armed Forces group (Vice-Chair RAF) and the Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood group.
I’m a proud Yorkshireman and live in my own home in Honley. My parents live down the valley in Holmbridge.
For 9 years I was an officer in the RAF serving in Las Vegas, Turkey, Gibraltar, Germany, Cyprus and Iraq. I recently became the Honorary President of the Royal Air Force Association in Huddersfield. I’m a member of the Royal British Legion and a supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
I left the RAF, went to University to study broadcast journalism. After a year with BBC Radio in Leeds and Middlesbrough, I got my dream job with ITV Yorkshire in Leeds where I became the weekend presenter for Calendar News & Sport. I interviewed the likes of David Beckham, Geoff Boycott and Dame Kelly Homes. I first got into broadcasting by hosting the very early morning radio show on Huddersfield FM, which became Pennine FM, back in 1995.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN FC
I’m a keen Huddersfield Town fan and try to get to as many games as I can at the John Smith’s Stadium. I cheered on Town at Wembley in 1994, 1995 and 2012. One of my proudest moments was reporting pitch side for Calendar at Cardiff on the 2004 playoff final win over Mansfield.