I grew up in Kenilworth, and I am a graduate of both Coventry and Warwick Universities. Having been educated in the region I have also spent most of my working life in the West Midlands. I was a professional cricketer for Warwickshire County Cricket Club and ran my own cricket coaching company, working with many schools and clubs around the region. I still coach in my spare time and led a sports project in Rwanda for the Conservative Party, known as Project Umubano.
Outside of my work with young people in cricket I have also written a number of educational musicals for children and helped to produce and market historical musical plays related to Key Stage 2 national. Working with young people will continue to be a focus of mine as an MEP, both in the West Midlands and as a Member of the EU40 project in Brussels, a network of younger MEPs aimed at engaging young people in politics.
Prior to becoming an MEP I was a candidate for the Conservative Party in the 2009 and 2014 European elections.
I come from a medical family, with my grandmother, uncle, aunt and cousin all being doctors. My grandmother, Dr Katharina Dalton had a practice in Harley Street and my earliest work experience was working in her office as a student.
My time as your MEP from January 2015 to July 2019
My primary job as an MEP was representing the West Midlands region in Europe, championing West Midlands businesses, and making sure the region’s voice was heard in the institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg.
A main part of my day job as an MEP was working on the European Parliament’s committees, the central policy organs which scrutinise and re-shape legislation produced by the European Commission, and make suggestions for new legislation.
I was on the Internal Markets and Consumer Protection Committee, where I was the Coordinator (lead negotiator) for my political group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Transport and Tourism Committee.
I worked on key areas of European digital, data and transport policy, including leading on the revision of the framework for type approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles, the EU's main legislative response to the Dieselgate scandal.