Aspiration is my inspiration
I was delighted to have been re-elected as Member of Parliament on 9th June 2017, with over 35,000 votes, here in Fareham. I live in Locks Heath and enjoy meeting local residents and working for you.
My parents came to this country with very little in the 1960s, from Kenya and Mauritius. Mum was recruited by the NHS as a girl of 18years old and worked as a nurse for 45years and Dad worked for a housing association. My family were proud to serve their local community in Wembley, North West London, through local politics: Mum was a Councillor for 16years and Dad a campaigner for local people. No problem was too small: whether it was trying to save the local library, or keep the local playing fields open or help a resident get a better home.
I was born in Harrow and grew up in Wembley. After attending a local state school, my parents decided to send me to a local independent school where I won a scholarship to help with school fees. From there, I gained a place to read Law at Cambridge University, a Masters at the Sorbonne in Paris and sat the New York Bar exams, qualifying as an Attorney. This gave me an insight into the social and legal frameworks of Europe and the USA.
I’m a Conservative because we are the party that says it doesn’t matter where you start. You can make your life and that of others better by taking responsibility, self-empowerment and service. Aspiration, to me, means: rewarding endeavour, enabling compassion and liberating people from the shackles of the state.