It is nearly two and a half years since the last general election and soon voters in Sheffield Hallam will have an opportunity to return a Conservative MP with a heart for the community and who will be a serious and dedicated hard worker for the interests of all in the constituency.
I was born and bred in Hallam and have spent most of my working life in my home city, starting and building manufacturing and engineering companies which export around the world.
However I have always tried to give back to my community. I have chaired two local charities and was a school governor for many years. When I was Chair of Sheffield’s Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) I fought for, and we secured, £2bn of funding for South Yorkshire. I also personally lobbied for the establishment of Sheffield’s first University Technical College (UTC) focussing on engineering.
For many years I was a director of Sheffield’s Strategic Health Authority, going on to be a director NHS North of England, chairing its audit committee. I therefore know the pressures that our doctors and nurses face and am determined that we continue to grow our economy to be able to continue to fund both health and social care.
My wife and I have brought up our four children here in Hallam and it was only as they were leaving home that I decided to get involved in the world of politics – because I realised that having too many career politicians who did not have a connection to the local community has lead so many people in Westminster being out of touch with ordinary people.
It was an honour to stand as the Conservative candidate at the last election where we nearly doubled the Conservative vote. Since then, last year, I came second in the Sheffield Mayoral elections. I hope that in the near future I may have the privilege of serving our community as your MP and supporting our government to implement an orderly Brexit.
In my view, this is the time to return a serious and hard working local person and having a Conservative represent Hallam again.
With Warm Regards,