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 and International Trade Select Committees. I currently sit on the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Before becoming an MP I was a Councillor 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.