I was elected as the Conservative MP for East Surrey in December 2019. I then served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Treasury before being appointed Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions in September 2022 and Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing at the Department for Education. I currently serve in Cabinet as Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.
I started my career at Merrill Lynch, before leaving the City for a career in social justice policy. I focused on a wide range of issues from education to financial inclusion, to the regeneration of deprived communities including at the Centre for Social Justice. I then spent two years within Government as a Special Adviser, including at HM Treasury. I have a master’s degree in Maths and Philosophy from Oxford.
My local priorities include fixing our roads, supporting the local economy, and protecting our environment. In June 2020, I set up the East of Surrey Local Economic Taskforce with neighbouring MP Crispin Blunt to bring decision-makers across Surrey together to drive our economic strategy.