Hometown and family
On the 8th of January 1997, I was born in the cracking Cumbrian town of Kendal. An area that’s as rainy as a romantic 40-day cruise on Noah’s Ark – a fact of which that you might (unfortunately) already be familiar with. And unlike some plastic people seeking some political clout, I’m not going to lie to you and pretend that I’ve either had it hard or that I’m the chosen one.
In that I mean that my fantastic family isn’t poor, but it isn’t rich either. I don’t do my business in the back garden, but I also don’t have the glory of doing it on a solid gold throne either (but maybe I will one day). My dependable dad is a plumber, my magnificent mum works with special needs children, and my glowing grandparents own a lovely farm in the Lake District.
Between 2008 and 2015, I attended Kirkbie Kendal – a 500-year-old school with specialist status in business and enterprise, somehow managing to leave there with no less than an equivalent grade C for both my GCSE’s and A-Levels
That’s a bootless attempt at a brag, I know. But I still see it as a shod-free achievement. Especially when I spent most of my time there tinkering around with my fantasy football team and reading into the UK’s rotten relationship with the EU. But please don’t tell the mother that.
Retail, foreign exchange and banking
I’ve been in work ever since I was at school. My first two job roles were in retail. One situated in sportswear and the other around fashion and homeware. I then went to work in foreign exchange which gave me a stepping stone into the industry that I’m in now – banking.
I’ve worked for two firms in that industry – the first being a challenger bank and the other a leading one. I’m not the kind of (so-called) ‘banker’ who rakes in millions every year (unfortunately). Instead, I’m the kind of ‘banker’ who has the honour of sitting down in meetings with lovely local people daily. All with the aim of making their finances a shining success.
These most recent job roles are precisely why I’m currently pressing on with working towards my financial adviser qualification – of which I’m tenaciously on the tail end of completing. So hopefully I should soon be equipped with the skills to ensure that I always have enough cash to bankroll the beer down the local boozer (not that I had any issue with that in the first place).
EU referendum and the Westmorland Conservatives
I first got into politics in 2014, when I started campaigning to leave the EU. Since then, my passion for politics as a whole has sky-rocketed. In 2016, after watching (and hating) how badly the Lib Dems were treating South Lakeland, I joined the Westmorland Conservatives.
I’m very well aware that any mission for our people’s magnificent success starts locally. I’ve had the privilege to stand in elections and canvass (or some might say ‘pester’) many people on the doorstep. I suppose it could be worse though – at least I’m not going round to their house, trying to sell cheap and nasty windows or plugging a switch to a sham energy provider.
Local and national issues
Locally in the South Lakes, my priority would be to make sure that your money is spent on your priorities. That’s why I brazenly believe in stopping stupid spending so that we can afford to cut council tax. This also plays a part in why I want reverse the council’s punitive policy of rip-off car parking charges. Locals and tourists should not have to foot the bill for the Lib Dem’s failure on council finances.
I also want housing here to be affordable in nature, and not just in name. And to protect those houses, alongside our businesses, we need to pull our finger out and finally invest in proper flood prevention.
Nationally, I want solid action for the NHS, rather than just empty calls to “chuck money at it”. I want to see children from poor backgrounds the tools so that they have the ability to harness their full potential. I also believe in purging the plague of political correctness whilst protecting free speech, as well as wanting us to come down a heck of a lot harder on crime and terrorists.