I joined the Conservative Party in 1989 in Grimsby and my first taste of active politics was in the 1992 general election. I was at Oxford University at the time and helped in John Patten's successful campaign for re-election. In 2001 I was the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Don Valley and gained a 4% positive swing against Caroline Flint.
In 2014 I was honoured to be shortlisted as one of the final 4 candidates to succeed Sir Peter Tapsell as the Conservative candidate for Louth & Horncastle. Previously I came second to Karl McCartney in the 2004 competition to be the prospective Conservative candidate for Lincoln.
I was born in Cleethorpes and grew up in Grimsby. North Lincolnshire is the part of England which I call home.
On Monday 28th July I competed at the Open Primary at Spilsby. I came third, and the nomination was won by Victoria Atkins. I wish her all the very best as she has secured one of the finest Parliamentary seats in the country. She was duly elected on 7th May 2015.
I would like to thank all the local people who helped and supported me - I was made to feel very welcome and I enjoyed the whole process immensely. I would also like to commiserate with my fellow candidates Kelly Smith and Sarah Macken. It was a pleasure to meet them and I hope they are successful elsewhere.
The Conservative Party will now create a new Candidates' List for the 2020 election.
Please use the links under the Conservative oak symbol to find out more about me.
Also, here's a link to my blog: http://jamesbrowne.wordpress.com/