Edward was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the Charnwood constituency at the 2015 General Election and was re-elected in June 2017.
Born in 1977, and originally from Kent, Edward attended his local state grammar school before studying for a history degree at Oriel College, Oxford. Both his parents were teachers, his mother originally from a farming family and his father from an army family.
After university Edward moved to London and spent four years working as a Political Adviser to the then Shadow Foreign Secretary focusing on Middle East policy and travelling extensively in the region. After that, he spent almost a decade working for private sector businesses including Hedra, Serco and Mouchel in management consultancy and communications jobs.
Edward has always taken an active role in his community, having served as a school governor, a trustee of a regeneration and employment charity, on the board of an NHS Trust and as a City Councillor in Westminster.
Since his election in 2015, he has held a number of positions including Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Education Ministers, as PPS to the Conservative Party Chairman, and PPS to the Home Secretary.
In June 2018, Edward was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, and was reappointed to this post by new Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, in July 2019. Among his ministerial responsibilities are Criminal Law, Sentencing, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Supporting the Secretary of State on EU Exit, Human Rights, Victims. Prior to his Ministerial appointment, he also held a number of officer roles on several All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) including the APPG on Dementia, the APPG on Yemen, the APPG on Oman and the APPG on Eye Health and Visual Impairment.
Edward lives in Syston, in the heart of the Charnwood constituency and in his free time, enjoys gardening, tennis and watching cricket!
Serving the people of Charnwood
Edward said “It has been a real privilege to represent Charnwood in Parliament as the local MP since 2015.
Like many other residents, I know Leicestershire is a great place to live, and I hope I can continue to really make a difference for our community. I work closely with local councillors and the whole community irrespective of Party politics, to represent Charnwood and ensure that what always comes first are the best interests of the whole community, and getting a fair deal for the Charnwood constituency and our county.
I will always strive to be a strong voice and champion for Charnwood in the House of Commons. If you think there is something that I can be of assistance with as your Member of Parliament, please do get in touch.”