Tom Pursglove was first elected as the Member of Parliament for our area in May 2015 and was subsequently re-elected in the General Election of June 2017.
Tom grew up in nearby Wellingborough, and prior to his election, was already well known in and around Corby and East Northamptonshire as a result of his political activity and sporting interests – he swam competitively locally, still plays cricket for the Wellingborough Old Grammarians and as an ECB qualified umpire, officiates local league matches.
First elected to serve the Croyland Ward on the Borough Council of Wellingborough in 2007 at the age of 18 - the youngest councillor in the country at that time - and as the former Deputy Chairman Political of the Wellingborough Conservative Association, Tom is very familiar with the issues facing North Northamptonshire, and even before being selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in April 2013, was fighting for improvements to local infrastructure, against unwanted wind farm proposals and overdevelopment, and for the Rushden Lakes development at Skew Bridge - all successful campaigns, having worked closely alongside local people.
Comprehensively educated at Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough and having received a degree from Queen Mary, University of London, Tom went on to work as a Parliamentary Assistant to Chris Heaton Harris MP. He was also the Director of Together Against Wind, the national anti-wind farm campaign, and in that role, led the charge to secure national policy change in relation to onshore wind farms – an important issue affecting East Northamptonshire, in particular - and a policy change which was delivered by the Government following the 2015 General Election.
When Tom was first selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, he launched the 'Listening to Corby & East Northamptonshire Campaign' which seeks to find out what issues matter most to local people, so that he can best reflect and champion local views and concerns to policy makers both locally and nationally. In the time that Tom has served as the local Member of Parliament, he has been committed to working hard on behalf of all local people, regardless of how they vote, and the 'Listening Campaign' has remained integral to the work he has done as the Member of Parliament for Corby & East Northamptonshire.
Since Theresa May became Prime Minister in July 2016, Tom served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Immigration at the Home Office, the Rt. Hon Robert Goodwill MP, and following the 2017 General Election, was appointed as the PPS to the Rt. Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, the Secretary of State for International Trade & President of the Board of Trade. In June 2018, Tom was appointed as PPS to the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department, and in July 2018, Tom was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Youth. Tom fulfilled this role until January 2019, when he resigned with great regret, in order to vote against the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
Tom has always worked tirelessly to be Corby and East Northamptonshire's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Corby and East Northamptonshire.