WHERE I COME FROM
Politics has never been at the front of my mind as a career, but it was thrust there after the 2016 referendum. At the time, I was on operations over Syria and Iraq, and I found the referendum process deeply troubling. It showed me the fragility and complexity of our democracy, and the enormous failures of our political leadership.
My military career took me through fighter pilot and commando training, on operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and in Africa, in the air and on the ground. I worked as a military assistant to the top level of UK Defence in London, and the top level of NATO in Brussels. I have been privileged to experience great leadership up close, and am convinced that so many of our challenges cry out for this.
I was born to British parents in Sydney, Australia. I studied history and politics, then decided on a military career. My family have all now returned to the United Kingdom, and my parents live in Norfolk. Broadland is now my home; it’s where I want to be.
The United Kingdom is the country I have served for 17 years, for thousands of flying hours, for hundreds of days overseas. I love what it stands for; its openness, its stability, its ability to stand up for the right thing. I have left the military to continue to serve my country where I think it needs it most – politics.
DEMAND BETTER, DELIVER MORE
Why can I represent you?
It’s pretty simple. I care. I love this region. I have lived all over the UK during my service and especially loved my six years in Norfolk. It’s a beautiful, gentle place with a long and fascinating history. It has a great past but it will also have a great future if we can focus on addressing the real issues here. In my career in NATO and Whitehall I have seen huge damage to the reputation of the United Kingdom I fought for. We are distracted, we are wasting our national energy. I am determined to deliver real solutions to the real problems faced by our Country and by Broadland.
It’s about us. The Liberal Democrat way of doing politics – the values of respect, listening, of recognising the power of united communities. I have always had liberal values and have lived my life by them. I joined the Liberal Democrats 3 years ago because their values align with mine. I have not harboured lifelong political ambitions. But I have watched with great concern the awful political spectacle of an incompetent Conservative government enabled by a pointless opposition. We need to refresh our politics. We need to tell the truth. We need to do the right thing, not the easy thing. I believe that the time is right for me to represent Broadland and the only Party speaking sense for all of us.
I am ready. I have spent my working life in the military, with a belief that you have to fight to preserve and protect the things that matter. Fighting destructive forces in the Middle East and Africa taught me that persistence, strategy and strength can prevail. I am now ready to work with the people of Broadland – to listen, to plan, and to act. I have developed focused, disciplined and analytical skills through my work in the military. The skills I gained as a Royal Air Force Officer – a no-nonsense work ethic, a listening ear, compassion and competence – are the same ones I would bring to this job. My track record demonstrates that I can stay the course and deliver for Broadland.
It’s time. The Liberal Democrat Party has proved itself to be the one steady voice in our Country. The recent District and European elections showed what doing politics differently can look like. Now, more than ever, Broadland and national politics need respectful, authentic, skilled citizen politicians. Presenting an alternative to the tired old politics takes vision and courage. I have both. I am willing to be considered by the people of Broadland.
This is about all of us, not one of us... that’s why.