Conservative Candidate for Hendon
Matthew was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hendon in May 2015 having been MP for Hendon 2010-2015.
Matthew was born in Hampshire and grew up in Cornwall. He was state-educated and went on to study at Nottingham Trent University. He has a masters degree from Lancaster University and in 2011, he was awarded a PhD at Kings College, London. As the first member of his family to go on to further education, Matthew is passionately committed to ensuring all children receive the best possible opportunities.
Matthew is a keen sailor, both on the Welsh Harp and also at sea. He has participated in the Round The Island Race, just off the Isle of Wight, with the Welsh Harp’s Seahorse Sailing Club and he completed the Fastnet Race in 2009. Whilst living in Cornwall, Matthew was a lifeguard and he is a keen scuba diver, qualified to the level of instructor and is a technical diver.
As an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, in 2005 Matthew undertook a 2,000 km exploration of the Libyan Desert. Travel in general is another of his interests and he has visited many countries including Africa, Bangladesh, Cyprus, EU countries, India, Israel and Sri Lanka.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Matthew worked for the BBC as a political analyst and he was also Deputy Leader of Barnet Council. Matthew lives in Hendon with his wife Claire and his dog Max.