I became the 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, I was returned with a hugely enhanced majority of over 13,000 at the 2015 General Election. In the General Election of 2017 I increased my vote share from 48 percent to 55 percent.
I was the Shadow Minister for Armed Forces up until June 2016, I have served as Shadow Minister for Small Business, Shadow Minister for Children and Families and sat on the Department for Communities and Local Government, Home Affairs and International Trade Select Committees. I currently sit on the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee. In April 2020 the new Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, appointed me to his first Front bench team as the Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning.
Before becoming an MP I was a Councillor for the Rother Ward on Chesterfield Borough Council and ran my 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.
I have lived in Chesterfield for all of my adult life. I have two children, Lewis and Chloe.
Outside of politics I am a massive sports fan. I previously played Rugby Union for Sheffield Tigers and I am a qualified coach. I am currently the goalkeeper for the Parliamentary Football Team.