What I Stand For
Invest in building new homes
Affordable homes for everyone
We spend over £8 billion a year paying housing benefit to tenants renting from private landlords. Develop a new 10 year plan to capitalise this into £500 billion of 30 year government bonds and use the money to build new homes and then pay interest instead of rent.
52% voted to Leave, 48% to Remain
We voted to leave the EU so we should leave the EU. 48% voted to remain in the EU, so we should keep close ties with Europe. Best solution is EEA with some emergency brake controls if immigration is above a level compatible with current growth levels and infrastructure (homes, schools, hospitals etc) capacity.
Invest in the UK's productive capacity
Invest in education and training, research and development, sustainability, culture and creative industries
Productive investment will increase our growth and productivity and will grow the economy for all of us whilst enabling us to finance these investments in the medium term. With a growing pie we will be able to share the benefits of growth more broadly rather than fight over how to split a small pie.
Invest in our sustainability
Carbon neutral today
Offset our total emissions by buying carbon credits now with the aim of being carbon neutral domestically by 2030.
Invest in health and social care
Integrated thinking, planning and funding
Power to the local level
Startup and entrepreneurs' manifesto for growth
Create a more startup and scale-up friendly business environment
Legalise, regulate and tax controlled substances
Education and harm reduction not criminalisation. Income instead of costs
I went to school locally, to St. Edward's in Summertown, Oxford, and loved my time here. I went on to study economics at Cambridge university and then to London to work as a commodity trader. After a number of years running several different global finance businesses, I am now focussed on start-ups and the social finance sector. In 2012, I co-founded the social finance fund manager Social And Sustainable Capital. We raised £50m to lend to charities and social enterprises and I now sit on the board and the investment committee, while my business partner Ben Rick runs the fund. I'm a trustee at the Roundhouse, the charity and music venue in Camden, North West London, and I've become a full time angel investor, mostly backing early stage London tech companies, a few of whose boards I also sit on, such as Coinfloor, DrugDev and Fleximize. I've been married to Elizabeth for 11 years - we met at college - and we have four children: Jamie is 10, Alice is 8, Eddie is 4 and John is 2. I motor race in the Lotus Cup and drive in a team in the International Endurance 24hr series, as well as enjoying surfing, skiing and golf.