I was honoured to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Brecon & Radnorshire in December 2019.
Born and brought up in Cardiff, I went to a local comprehensive school before studying French at King’s College, University of London. I now live in Brecon and I am proud to call it home.
At 18 I left home and moved to Brussels to work for Jonathan Evans MEP (a former MP for Brecon and Radnorshire), before going on to London as researcher to David Jones MP in and around my time at university. After graduating, my first job was as researcher to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
In 2012, I moved to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to join the UK negotiating team in the 2011 Common Agricultural Policy reform. Working closely with the farming sector, my role was to win support for the UK’s aims and ambitions. I then joined the National Farmers Union, spending almost five years working on behalf of UK farmers, including a 3 year posting in the NFU’s Brussels office. Over the period of the renegotiation and the referendum, I ensured that European Member States heard the voice of UK farming. Consequently, I have a wealth of experience in UK agriculture - particularly in fighting on behalf of Welsh farmers.
I came home to Wales in 2017. Earlier this summer, I volunteered to coordinate Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign in Wales, building a groundswell of support behind the now Prime Minister.
Away from politics, I am hugely keen on exercise. A former coxswain with Twickenham Rowing Club, I've run a number of half marathons and triathlons for charity. In 2014, I completed the New York Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK – raising over £10,000. I'm a keen amateur cook and love to feed my family and friends - I am a regular visitor to Brecon's butchers and markets!
In Parliament, I am drawing on my previous experience and I am determined to secure a better future for Brecon and Radnorshire, making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family. These are the things I will focus on as your Member of Parliament.
- Championing the Welsh farming sector
The agricultural sector faces challenges, not least the uncertainty caused by delaying Brexit. This is further complicated by the Welsh Government’s approach to the future of the Basic Payment Scheme. I believe there is a positive future for Brecon and Radnorshire’s beef and sheep farmers outside the EU. I am campaigning for greater recognition of what farmers do to ensure Welsh farming standards are not undermined and will urge the Government to let farmers do what they do best.
- Campaigning for improved broadband and mobile coverage
Access to better broadband and phone signal is vital for residents and businesses across our rural area. My priority is to work with BT and Openreach and bring all parties to the table to understand the barriers to high speed broadband and identify solutions. As your Member of Parliament, I will ensure Brecon and Radnorshire is not left behind.
- Championing Wales's contribution to the UK Armed Forces
Brecon is proud to be the location of the Army's HQ in Wales and 160th Brigade. The proposed closure of the barracks in Brecon, which is scheduled for 2027, would be a tragic loss to our community and I am committed to campaigning against it.
- Backing the Mid Wales Growth Deal
The Conservative Government has allocated £55 million for initiatives to stimulate economic growth in Brecon and Radnorshire. I will work with Government to ensure that local businesses see the benefits of funding to create jobs and prosperity across our area.
- Ensuring local people are involved in decision making
Meeting the Government’s targets for alternative energy solutions is an important goal but they cannot be met with no thought for the natural environment. Over-populating the landscape with windfarms will blight the iconic scenery that farmers in Brecon and Radnorshire have stewarded for generations and I want local people to be able to decide what is right for their community.
I am proud and honoured to be the Conservative Member of Parliament for such a wonderful constituency as Brecon & Radnorshire and I will work tirelessly for all constituents. Brecon and Radnorshire deserves a champion who will protect and enhance our way of life here - I will do exactly that.