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James has his roots in the Black Country - his grandfather worked in the Halesowen Steel works in the 1930's and 1940's, his parents are from the Black Country and his Uncle lives in Rowley Regis.
He was previously a successful small businessman specialising in computer software. In 2003 he founded Mind the Gap, an independent campaign to promote civic action and to encourage more grass roots involvement in politics. Prior to entering Parliament, James was the Chief Executive of the think tank Localis.
James is married to Anna and they have two young children - Solomon, 8 and Evie, 4. In his limited spare time he enjoys watching and playing cricket, theatre and music.
James was elected as MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis in May 2010 with a majority of 2,023.
Following the election, he was elected to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee by his Parliamentary peers. He has also appeared on the Localism Bill Committee.
James frequently speaks in Parliamentary debates on key issues such as foreign affairs and boosting the West Midlands economy. He is a member of a number of APPGs, including Youth Affairs, United Nations and Civil Society.
In March 2011, the Sunday Mercury confirmed that James had the best attendance record of all 57 West Midlands MPs – attending 96% of votes.
Since becoming the Conservative candidate back in 2008, James has regularly campaigned in and around Halesowen and Rowley Regis. He supported the local councillors during their campaigns in 2010 and 2011 and worked hard to secure the vote for Parliamentary elections himself in 2010. He has also been active on the NO2AV campaign.
James has been a voice for the local area through the successful campaign to Save Rowley Hospital which secured and maintained in-patient facilities at the hospital. He has also been pressing to preserve local heritage around the area, for example by seeking to ensure a stable future for Halesowen Abbey. James has also been holding regular neighbourhood cleanups around the constituency, clearing rubbish and removing litter to improve local communities. He has been an active campaigner for jobs and growth in the local economy, by promoting key industries such as manufacturing, pushing for a boost in tourism numbers in and around Halesowen and Rowley Regis and for his role in securing an enterprise zone in the Black Country.
Promoted by Alan Mabbutt on behalf of the Conservative Party, both at 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4DP