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I was the Conservative MP candidate for Bedford and Kempston at the 2019 General Election, coming just 145 votes short of victory. Prior to that, I served as a Councillor in East Hertfordshire for 4 years.
I was born in London and went to a Comprehensive school in St Albans. Upon leaving I worked in pubs and kitchens before joining the Civil Service. 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 a Russell Group university - Queen Mary, University of London. I graduated with a 1st class degree and won a fully paid, and prestigious, academic scholarship to stay on for a further year, graduating with an MA.
My career to date has been spent working in international development, supporting some of the most vulnerable individuals and communities in the Global South.
I passionately believe that every individual should have the opportunity to go as far in life as their hard work and ability will take them. In my spare time I volunteer for two social mobility charities and, when not campaigning or with friends, I train at my local boxing gym and in 2019 competed in a charity Boxing match, raising £1000 for Cancer Research.
I live with my partner Daisy.