A qualified chartered accountant, Jeremy has a background in manufacturing, international trade and agriculture.
From 1989 to 2000, he and his family lived in Tanzania where he worked in the coffee industry. On returning to the UK, he worked assisting smallholder farmers in East Africa, until his election to Parliament in 2010. He believes in tackling poverty through enterprise and job creation and founded Equity for Africa (www.equityforafrica.org) which provides equity-type funding for small businesses. In 2010 he helped to establish the charity Stafford Works, which promotes apprenticeships, job creation and entrepreneurship in Stafford constituency.
Jeremy’s involvement in politics stems from a desire to see people have the opportunity to make the most of their lives. He has served as a councillor and as cabinet member for resources in Newcastle-under-Lyme, before fighting the 2005 General Election in the seat. In 2007, he was selected for Stafford constituency and was elected as Member of Parliament on May 6th 2010.
He has served on the Independent Monitoring Board of a Young Offenders Institution and as a school governor; assists a local church youth group and enjoys playing and writing music, football, cricket, badminton and hill walking in the little spare time he has.
Jeremy has been elected to the International Development Selected Committee, where he serves as one of 11 members and he has also served on the Health and Social Care Bill Committee. You can read more about his work in Parliament here.