Proud to take part in community, proud to be British
Seeing my parents campaign and work for the well-being of the local community was a powerful lesson for me. I’m inspired by politics because it brings people together in a spirit of civic and national pride and can change people’s lives for the better. I’ve seen how people working together, taking an interest in their wider community and working as part of a team can transform lives.
Take Michaela Community School. I co-founded a new Free School in Wembley and am now the Chairman of the Board of Governors. As a team of volunteers, teachers and parents, we designed the vision of the school we wanted to see, got approval and funding from the Government and opened our doors to 120 11year olds in September 2014. Michaela aims to bring a traditional knowledge-based curriculum and strong discipline and is already transforming the chances of its pupils.
Or Africa Justice Foundation. Community justice projects help some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world and by setting up a charity to provide training and resources to such projects, I saw first-hand the challenges that charities face
Fareham has thousands of volunteers and charity groups which provide invaluable help to local people: whether it’s the Haven in Titchfield, helping women with breast cancer, the Rainbow Centre in Fareham supporting children with Cerebral Palsy or the local Rotarians or Royal British Legion, I hope that more people step up to the challenge to giving their time and skills to help others.
I’m excited to be living in Locks Heath. I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, watching movies and enjoying the countryside. I also love the odd adventure and have back-packed around India, Thailand, Australia, parts of Africa and China.