I was born in Cleethorpes (St Hugh's on Princes Road) & grew up in Grimsby where my parents lived all their lives. My father, Chester Browne, was a family solicitor in Grimsby for 40 years and I still have cousins in Covenham. I value family life and honest hard work above all else.
As a successful member of the property Bar I have built my professional career on arguing tough cases for my clients - just like good MPs do. I have never worked inside the "Westminster bubble" and bring with me my life experience from a career outside politics and my professional skills as an advocate to represent you effectively in Parliament.
As a serving local councillor for the past 6 years, and the Council's Cabinet member for Housing I have directly lobbied all 3 Conservative housing ministers to defend the Green Belt. I drafted a parliamentary bill to help people resolve their boundary disputes without litigation which will be brought before Parliament again in the next session - to the horror of my own profession. As a party of Government we must give taxpayers value for money and provide good public services.
1. Professional experience from a career outside politics
- As a property lawyer I have a track record of representing the victims of anti-social behaviour – confronting those who make their neighbours’ lives a misery. I have also stood up for tenants in flats with mould dripping off the walls and forced their landlords to repair their homes.
- I help small businessmen protect their livelihood by renewing their leases.
· First class degree - Birmingham University & Master’s degree - Oxford University.
- Commitment to the Conservative Party through the “tough” years in opposition
I was Chairman of Hammersmith & Fulham when we selected Greg Hands. We sorted out the association's finances, put in place a strategy to take the Parliamentary seat and then the local council. It took hard work over several years to build a winning team.
- As the Conservative candidate for Don Valley in South Yorkshire (2001) I obtained a 4% swing to the Conservatives against a 1% national swing.
· Advised shadow ministers during the opposition years with draft amendments to legislation through the Society of Conservative Lawyers, making up for the lack of civil service support to opposition parties - from 1995-2005. This involved being part of a panel that was on call and available to the shadow Cabinet.