Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands
Daniel grew up in Kenilworth, and is a graduate of both Coventry and Warwick Universities. Having been educated in the region he has spent most of his working life in the West Midlands. Daniel was a professional cricketer for Warwickshire County Cricket Club and ran his own cricket coaching company, working with many schools and clubs around the region. He is still coach in his spare time and led a sports project in Rwanda for the Conservative Party, known as Project Umubano.
Outside of Daniel’s work with young people in cricket he has also written a number of educational musicals for children and helped to produce and market historical musical plays related to Key Stage 2. Working with young people will continue to be a focus for Daniel as an MEP, both in the West Midlands and as a Member of the EU40 project in Brussels, a network of younger MEPs aimed at engaging young people in politics.
Prior to becoming an MEP in January 2015 Daniel was a candidate for the Conservative Party in the 2009 and 2014 European elections.
Daniel's role as your MEP
Daniel sees his primary job as an MEP as representing the West Midlands region in Europe, championing West Midlands businesses, and making sure the region’s voice is heard in the institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg.
A key aim of his is repatriation of powers to the UK, and a reformed relationship with the EU. Daniel will oppose new legislation which increases the EU's powers or increases the cost of doing business in Europe.
A main part of his day job as an MEP is working on the European Parliament’s committees, the central policy organs which scrutinise and re-shape legislation produced by the European Commission, and make suggestions for new legislation.
Daniel is on the Internal Markets and Consumer Protection Committee, where he has been appointed as the Coordinator (lead negotiator) for his political group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group.
His job on that Committee is to push forward the drive towards a truly single market, breaking down the barriers to trade which companies in the West Midlands frequently experience when trading across Europe, helping increase competitiveness and boosts jobs and growth.
Daniel is also a member of the Transport and Tourism Committee, an area of European policy with a significant impact on the West Midlands, sitting as it does at the heart of the UK’s transport network. On that Committee he will be working to encourage infrastructure improvements and promoting the interests of Birmingham Airport, whose continued success benefits the wider regional economy enormously.