Toby Perkins became MP for Chesterfield in the General Election of 2010, overturning a Liberal Democrat majority to take back the seat for Labour by 549 votes.
After five years of hard work representing the town he was returned with a hugely enhanced majority of over 13,000 at the 2015 General Election.
Toby is currently Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement.
Previous to this he served as Shadow Minister for Small Businesses within Labour’s BIS team, where he was responsible for Labour’s policies on access to finance, late payments, regional growth and pubs amongst many others.
Prior to this he was Shadow Minister for Children and Families and until autumn 2010 sat on the DCLG Select Committee.
Before becoming an MP Toby was a Chesterfield Councillor and ran his own small business supplying rugby clothing, as well as being a shareholder in a social enterprise providing nursery care to one of the most deprived areas of Chesterfield.
Having worked in the private sector for his entire career prior to entering Parliament Toby has a thorough understanding of the challenges facing small businesses in the current economic climate.
He married Suzie in Chesterfield’s famous Crooked Spire. They have two children, Lewis and Chloe, who attend local comprehensive schools.
Outside of politics Toby is a massive sports fan. He previously played Rugby Union for Sheffield Tigers and is a qualified coach. Today he puts his six feet six inch frame to good use as the goalkeeper for the Parliamentary Football Team.
If you would like to book an appointment to speak to Toby at one of his regular surgeries, please call 01246 386286.