Matthew was chosen by local Conservative Party members in July 2013 to fight Carshalton & Wallington in 2015 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.
Born and raised in South West London, Matthew lived for most of his life in Wandsworth, where he has served one term as a 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.
Matthew and his wife Melanie have two young sons and will be raising them in the constituency and enjoying all that the local schools, parks and community have to offer.
He currently works as a speechwriter and campaigns manager for one of the UK’s leading insurance companies. He previously worked as speechwriter to the director-general and president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Prior to that he led the communications for the CBI’s campaign for public service reform.
Matthew is vice-chairman of governors of Nightingale School, a special school federation for boys with emotional and behavioural issues, and prior to that was chairman of governors of Smallwood Primary School.
He is also a director of the Wandle Valley Regional Development Trust, which looks to improve the environment around the River Wandle and see funding sent from London boroughs including Sutton to the Lee Valley retained and instead spent locally.
Outside work, family, political and volunteering activities, Matthew is a keen sports fan, especially cricket and Surrey CCC.