Minister of State for Europe, United Kingdom
Christopher was born in Walsall and grew up in Wombourne near Wolverhampton. He studied history at the London School of Economics before joining a major IT consultancy firm in 1993. He was elected to Parliament in May 2010 with a swing of over 9.5%, and re-elected in May 2015 and June 2017. Born and bred in Staffordshire, and a Midlander through and through, Christopher is committed to representing his constituents. Christopher believes strongly in the power of local communities, where people look after one another, support their local schools, hospitals and post offices, respect common traditions, and stand together against the threat of crime. Along with advocating issues relevant to Tamworth, Christopher is particularly interested in energy policy, climate change and defence. He previously sat on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, served on the Armed Forces Bill Committee and sat on a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups for Central Asian countries. Having served in a number of positions in the Whips’ Office, Theresa May appointed Christopher as Deputy Chief Whip in January 2018. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, promoted Christopher to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Minister of State for Europe and the Americas. Tamworth voted by 66% to leave the European Union, and Christopher joined the local Vote Leave team during the referendum. In Parliament he has consistently voted to deliver on the Referendum result. He likes golf, although he has not played as much since becoming an MP, horse racing, grand prix (watching not driving!), and books by Evelyn Waugh, Arnold Bennett, R L Stevenson, John Buchan and Simon Raven.