About Ryan Henson

I was the Conservative MP candidate for Bedford at the 2019 General Election, cutting the incumbent's majority to just 145 votes. Before that, I served four years as a Councillor in my home town of Hertford, in Hertfordshire.

I went to a Comprehensive school in St Albans, then worked in pubs and kitchens before joining the Civil Service, where I worked on human rights policy. After three years I left to resit my exams, spending evenings and weekends washing dishes to support myself, and subsequently gained a place to study History at Queen Mary, University of London.

I was the first in my family to enter higher education. I graduated with a 1st class degree and won an academic scholarship, with full tuition and maintenance, to study Modern British History, graduating with an MA.

I am the Chief Executive of an international development organisation based in London, and prior to my current role, I worked for CAFOD, the international aid agency.

In my spare time I serve as a Reservist in the Royal Air Force. I am also a founding trustee of a social mobility charity. 

I am married to Daisy.