I was born in Leeds and did my degree here, at the University of Leeds. I now live in the city with my wife and two children, and was elected to represent Leeds North West in Parliament in 2017.
My background is in the social enterprise sector which is reflected in my work as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise.
In 2019 I set up the Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Group to help secure a low carbon and clean industrial and economic future for the UK, embed zero carbon solutions and accelerate net zero growth, innovation and global influence.
In 2020 I was appointed as the shadow minister for Tourism and Heritage, and since then I have been responsible for developing Labour’s domestic tourism policies and has been working to ensure the Government respond adequately to the challenges it faces.
2021 - 2023 saw me appointed as shadow minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment in the Opposition DEFRA Team.
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