Matthew lives in Carshalton with his wife Melanie and their two young sons, the eldest of whom attends a local primary school.
He was reselected by a unanimous vote from members of Carshalton and Wallington Conservative Association after Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election for 8 June 2017. He previously contested the seat in 2015, achieving a significant swing towards him and making it one of the most-marginal seats in the UK.
Before moving to Sutton with his family Matthew was a local councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth, where he grew up.
Matthew has served as a governor of Stanley Park High School in Carshalton and has also been the chairman of governors of two schools: Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit in Tooting and Nightingale School in Wandsworth, a special school for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
He is a director of Access to Justice, a campaigning group for injured people, and is a trustee of the Abbotsford Trust, which works to protect the historic, grade-1 listed Abbotsford for future generations and act as a guardian of the novelist Sir Walter Scott’s legacy by continuing to educate the public about his home and his work.
During his career Matthew has also worked as the speechwriter to the director-general of the BBC and the director-general of the CBI.
When he is not campaigning, working or spending time with his family, Matthew is an avid fan of Surrey CCC and any cricket he can find time to follow.