Before becoming the Member of Parliament for Bosworth, I worked as a GP across the Midlands. I believe there are a lot of similarities between a good local MP and a good GP. You have to communicate clearly and effectively. You have to be able to deal with complex information and make decisions. You have to problem solve. But above all, you have to care about the people you look after, and work hard to earn their respect.
Having grown up in Dorset, my father is a GP and my mother worked first as a nurse, and then a school nurse. I am the oldest of three brothers, and we all have gone into medicine, going on to become doctors. I guess public service is in our blood! After starting my medical training at The University of Birmingham in 2002, I have spent over 15 years in the Midlands since, and was proud to call it home.
Completing my medical degree in 2007 gave me the opportunity to work in hospitals in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Heartlands. After completing my 2 years as a junior doctor, I went back to Birmingham University to teach anatomy to first and second year medical and dental students. I then completed my 3 years training to be a General Practitioner (GP), working across Kidderminster, Worcester and Redditch. Since 2013, I have worked as a GP across the Midlands: Leicester, Loughborough, Birmingham, Rugby, Coventry and Leamington Spa.
In 2018, I moved to Oxford when my wife Charlie, also a GP, got a job there. Charlie and I met at medical school, and in May 2019, we got married. When I ran to become the candidate for the Bosworth seat, the area was already familiar to me, and the opportunity to come back to the Midlands was something Charlie and I both relished. For me, the chance to come back to an area that has been so good to me over the years was a privilege. For my wife, the move was a chance for her to come back to the region she grew up in, and to have family close by as we look to built our life here. Since we moved to the area in 2019, we have had two additions in the form of our whippets, Ada and Roux, and our area is blessed with so many lovely places to take them on walks.
Away from medicine, I have always been involved in the community in various ways. I played rugby for many years, sang in a competitive Barbershop Chorus, was a Rotarian and a Primary School governor. As a member of a debating society and speaking club, I learnt the skills to present and argue effectively, and in 2017, I became British Public Speaking Champion. It was through these endeavours that I realised that getting into politics was the best way to serve local people and make use of my skills. Raising issues, solving problems and being there to help has always been key to me throughout my career.
Although the pandemic has sadly meant I’ve not been able to visit as much of the constituency as possible, serving the people of Bosworth over the last 18 months has already been an absolute privilege. In December 2020, I was honoured to have been awarded Overall Newcomer award at the Patchwork Foundation’s MP of the Year Awards. I can’t wait for the next 18 months and beyond, to see how I can continue to help supporting our fantastic community.