Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire
Born in Scarborough, in 1976, Gavin was educated at Raincliffe Comprehensive and Scarborough Sixth Form College, before going to Bradford University. Gavin worked in the Staffordshire pottery industry at Aynsley China and was managing director at an architectural design firm. He is married to Joanne and they have two daughters.
In 2010, Gavin was elected as Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire. Since then, he has been campaigning to protect South Staffordshire’s greenbelt, working hard to bring more jobs to South Staffordshire, calling for fairer funding for education and petitioning the Government to cut beer duty and freeze fuel duty.
In Westminster, Gavin was Chairman of the All Party Group on Motor Neurone Disease and Co-Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Design and Innovation. He was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary in October 2011, firstly to the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, then to the Secretary of State for Transport. In 2013, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron. In July 2016 Gavin was appointed as Chief Whip following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, and in November 2017 he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence.