Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce has strong links with the two counties' MPs and MEPs and seeks to continually engage with key policy makers in all levels of government in order to ensure that businesses' concerns are voiced and priorities emphasised in government.
These are the main politicians that we seek to lobby on your business' behalf:
MPs (alphabetical by constituency)
Sajid Javid- Conservative (Bromsgrove)
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP was appointed as Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills in May 2015. Previously he was Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and prior to that
Financial Secretary to the Treasury. His background is in banking, becoming the youngest Vice President in the history of Chase Manhattan Bank, before later working at Deutsche Bank.
Jesse Norman- Conservative (Hereford & Herefordshire South)
A member of the Treasury Select Committee, Jesse worked previously at Barclays. Educated at Oxford University, he has a PhD from University College London and has authored several books about prominent political philosophers. He also writes a column for the Hereford Times and a blog for The Telegraph.
Bill Wiggin- Conservative (Herefordshire North)
From 2010 to 2012 Bill served as a Minister in the Government Whip’s Office. His previous roles include Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. Prior to entering politics, he worked in foreign exchange for Commerzbank. Chamber member Special Metals Wiggin was founded by Bill's great grandfather.
Karen Lumley- Conservative (Redditch)
Appointed Private Parlimentary Secretary to Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt. Karen was previously a District Councillor in Redditch before standing down to fight the 2010 General Election, where she became the Conservative MP for Redditch. Previously, she was Company Secretary of RKL Geological Services Ltd. and also a trainer for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. She is Chairman of Governors at Vaynor First School in Redditch.
Robin Walker- Conservative (Worcester)
Appointed Private Parlimentary Secretary to Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan. Robin Walker was elected as Conservative MP for Worcester in May 2010, following in the footsteps of his father, who served as the City's MP for over 30 years. Born and bred in Worcestershire, Robin has a background in business, progressing from executive to partner at international financial services organisation Finsbury Group.
Nigel Huddleston - Conservative (Worcestershire Mid)
Elected in May 2015, Nigel previously worked at Google as the Industry Head of Travel and as a management consultant for Andersen and Deloitte, working in Los Angles for the entertainment and travel and tourism industry. He studied Politics and Economics at Oxford University before going on to complete an MBA at UCLA.
Harriett Baldwin- Conservative (Worcestershire West)
Appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Harriett Baldwin entered government as an Assistant Whip in the House of Commons in February 2014. Previously, she had been appointed to become the Prime Minster's Trade Envoy to Russia. Before going into politics, Harriett worked for JP Morgan Chase from 1986-2008, becoming Managing Director and Head of Currency Management.
Mark Garnier- Conservative (Wyre Forest)
A member of the Treasury Select Committee, Mark's background is in investment banking and, more recently, he worked as a business consultant helping SMEs with strategic planning. He is also a governor of Kidderminster College.
MEPs (Alphabetical by political party)
Anthea McIntyre- Conservative
Anthea has served as an MEP since 2011. A Ross-on-Wye businesswoman, Anthea is a director of IT and Management consultants MCP Systems, where she has worked since joining as a trainee in 1985. She presently serves in the Agriculture Committee and the Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs Committee.
Philip Bradbourn- Conservative
An MEP for 15 years, Philip is Chairman of the Inter Parliamentary Delegation for relations with Canada and is spokesman on Regional Policy and Local Government for Conservative MEPs. In addition, he is a long serving Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. In 1994 he was awarded an OBE for public and political service.
Neena Gill- Labour
Born in India, Neena first served in the European Parliament for a decade from 1999-2009, before achieving re-election in 2014. She has also worked as Chief Executive of ASRA Group and the Newlon Housing Group.
Sion Simon- Labour
Sion served as the MP for Birmingham Erdington from 2001-2010 and was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Further Education and Creative Industries. He has also worked as a Senior Manager for Guinness PLC, at the time a FTSE top 20 company, and is a season ticket holder at Chamber member West Bromwich Albion FC.
Bill Etheridge- UKIP
Elected to the European Parliament this year, Bill previously stood in the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections for West Midlands police, finishing fourth with just over 7% of the vote.
James Carver- UKIP
Born in Kent in the same hospital as party leader Nigel Farage, James was elected to the European Parliament in 2014. He previously stood in three general elections for UKIP; in 1997, 2001 and 2005. In addition to his duties as an MEP, James runs a family umbrella business.
Jill Seymour- UKIP
Jill is also a UKIP Parish Councillor and a former saleswoman. She was a member of UKIP's National Executive Council from 2007-2010.