Matthew was chosen by local Conservative Party members in July 2013 to fight Carshalton & Wallington in the 2015 general election following a rigorous selection process. He previously led the local campaign to see Boris Johnson re-elected as London Mayor in 2012 as part of his role as a London-wide candidate for the Greater London Assembly.
Matthew lives in Carshalton with his wife Melanie and their two young sons, enjoying everything the local shops, parks and community activities have to offer.
Born and raised in South West London, Matthew spent much of his life in Wandsworth, where he served a term as councillor for Earlsfield Ward and was chairman of the Conservative Group on the council – famed for its low tax and excellent services - from 2011-12.
He currently works at the BBC. Previously he worked as a speechwriter and road-safety campaigns manager for one of the UK’s leading insurance companies and before that as speechwriter to the director-general and president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Prior to that he worked on the CBI’s campaign for public service reform.
Matthew is a governor of Stanley Park High School in Carshalton. From 2009 to 2014 he was a governor of Nightingale School, Wandsworth, a special school federation for boys with emotional and behavioural issues. This included spells as chairman and vice-chairman of governors. He has also served as chairman of governors of a primary school.
From 2011 to 2014 he was a director of the Wandle Valley Regional Development Trust, which works to improve the environment around the River Wandle and stop Sutton council taxpayers' money being used to subsidise the Lee Valley Regional Park in NE London.
Outside work, time with his young family and community activities, Matthew is a keen cricket fan and long-term supporter of Surrey County Cricket Club.