I am a local Lib Dem Councillor, former Mayor and life-long Woking resident.
I grew up in Goldsworth Park and Horsell, where I attended local schools including Horsell Church of England Middle School, Woking High School and Woking College. I lived in Westfield for many years and I now live by Woking Park with my partner Hannah and our sausage dog Toffee.
I was first elected to serve my local community as a Councillor in 2009. I represent Hoe Valley on Woking Borough Council and Woking South on Surrey County Council. During my time as a Councillor, I have got both councils to declare a climate emergency, pay their staff the living wage and give young care leavers a 100% discount on their Council Tax.
I recently had the honour of being Mayor of Woking, during which time I strongly supported the Borough’s voluntary sector and raised tens of thousands of pounds for my Mayoral Charity, the York Road Project, which helps local homeless people.
I stood to be Woking’s Lib Dem MP in the 2019 General Election. Although I did not get over the line in Woking, I led the Lib Dems to our best result in a decade. We finished a strong second with 31% of the vote, increased our vote share by 13% and slashed the Conservative majority to around 9,000 votes.